Having a bright and white smile is easier said that done. So many substances can cause tooth discoloration and stains, and they may be hard to avoid. Thankfully our Los Algodones, Baja California cosmetic dentistry practice offers comprehensive treatment options designed to address tooth discoloration and stains.
There are, generally speaking, two kinds of dental stains. Let’s take a moment to compare extrinsic dental stains and intrinsic dental stains.
Extrinsic tooth stains are stains that occur on the surface layer of the teeth. Food, beverages, and other substances wind up staining the color of your tooth enamel, resulting in a dingy, darker, smile. Usually extrinsic tooth stains appear yellow or brown in color.
The most common causes of extrinsic tooth stains include:
A good rule of thumb is that if it can stain a white sheet, the substance can probably also stain your teeth.
To treat extrinsic tooth stains, the following treatments are most common:
Intrinsic tooth stains are stains that originate from within a tooth. These kinds of discoloration are usually the result of injuries to a tooth or other issues that do not involve external exposure to stain-causing substances.
Some of the most common causes of intrinsic tooth stains include:
Topical bleaching will not be able to treat intrinsic stains, so other kinds of dental treatments are more viable. These include:
For more information about tooth discoloration and how it can be treated and prevented, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center. We look forward to your visit and discussing your treatment options in greater detail.
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