All About Teeth Stains

All About Teeth Stains

  • Blake Engelhard

Why are some people's teeth whiter than others? Why do some people whiten their teeth while others don't? What happens if you whiten a fake tooth implant?

BrushOnSmile has the answers to the questions you've been dying to understand.

There are multiple types of teeth stains:

  1. Extrinsic: When the outer layer of tooth (the enamel) is stained.
  2. Intrinsic: When the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) is stained.
  3. Age-related: A combo of extrinsic and intrinsic factors. 

This helpful knowledge is important for all of us--whether you brush your teeth regularly, use teeth whitening products, or none of the above. We're only given one set of teeth, we need to do the best we can with what we've got.

Outer stains can be brought on by drinking coffee, red wine, or soft drinks, as well as smoking or chewing tobacco among other staining products. We know we can't ask you to stop drinking coffee each day, but brushing your teeth directly after consuming one of the listed substances above will greatly reduce your chances of extrinsic stains. 

Darker, yellow stains tend to be a sign of intrinsic stain. This can be caused by multiple factors; perhaps you consumed too much fluoride in your childhood years, or a traumatic fall that damaged a new tooth, or your mother used tetracycline antibiotics during the second half of her pregnancy.

To prevent excessive yellowing and darkening of your teeth, as mentioned above, brush your teeth after consuming a potentially staining substance. Also, schedule regular cleanings with your dentist to ensure your teeth are healthy.