Did you know that there are two different types of stains that can affect the color of your teeth? Discolored, dull, or yellow teeth can make you feel insecure about showing off your smile. A refresh and whitening of your smile can be a fairly quick and easy way to boost your confidence in your appearance. Understanding the difference between the types of tooth discoloration can make the difference between how you brighten your smile. Your dentist can help you understand the discoloration of your teeth and recommend the best ways to deal with it.
Stains On the Outer Layer
Stains that build up on the enamel of your teeth are also known as extrinsic stains. This type of discoloration is caused by dark colored beverages and food, smoking, poor oral hygiene, or even just time. These types of external stains can be removed through a whitening treatment. You can find an over-the-counter method, a whitening toothpaste, or talk to your dentist about professional options. Professional whitening options can get your teeth several shades lighter in a short amount of time. You can choose between a customized take-home kit with professional-grade whitening gel or an in-office treatment. Your goals, budget, and timeline will all influence which option is the best option for you.
Stains From Within
Intrinsic staining is a type of discoloration that happens inside the tooth. These stains happen beneath the outer layer of enamel. It can be caused by tooth trauma, internal bleeding, genetics, certain medications, illnesses, or just age. Discoloration inside your tooth cannot be removed with whitening treatments of any caliber. If you have tried many to no avail, you may have intrinsic discoloration. If you have an entire smile that is affected, porcelain veneers may be a great option to cover up the stains. If you have just one or a few teeth that are discolored, cosmetic bonding could be used to cover up the stains. Your dentist can help you determine which cosmetic treatment is the best one for your smile.
Are you looking to get rid of your tooth stains?
Dr. Coon can help you determine which type of tooth stains you have. To schedule a consultation, call Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in Sheridan, WY, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.