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What Causes Tooth Stains?

October 19, 2021
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Posted By: Webster Groves Dental
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Did you know that your tooth enamel is ranked as hard as steel? It's true, on the Mohs Hardness Scale, tooth enamel ranks a five out of a possible ten. Diamonds, the hardest substance on earth, are rated at a ten. In fact, tooth enamel is the hardest thing found in your entire body.

Yet, with all this toughness, your tooth enamel may still fall victim to staining. As you can imagine, many of those stains come from the food and drink that everyone consumes. Known as extrinsic staining, this kind of discoloration is only in your tooth enamel. It also is the most responsive to teeth whitening treatments.

However, sometimes a tooth's stained appearance comes from a problem within the tooth, also called intrinsic staining. The causes of intrinsic staining can be tooth damage or decay, some medications, and genetic factors. Improvements in your tooth enamel might make these stains less noticeable, but if they progress, Dr. Matthew Wenzel, DMD might recommend a different whitening treatment.

Age Is a Factor in the Color of Your Teeth

You naturally wear down your tooth enamel as you grow older, making both extrinsic and intrinsic staining seem more noticeable. In addition, some people perceive their teeth as more yellowish as they age. This effect is due to your dentin tissues, which live below the enamel to show through that outer layer as it wears.

Teeth Whitening in Webster Groves Reduces Staining

The team at Webster Grove Dental can help you with professional teeth whitening treatments that will solve most extrinsic staining and some intrinsic. Our take-home whitening kits give you're the advantage of an accurate tray fitted for your particular teeth and mouth. Because your tray's fit is so tight, the whitening gel stays more on your teeth and less on your gums and other tissues.

Some Teeth Stains Don't Respond to Teeth Whiteners

A second benefit of working with your dentist to address your teeth stains is our follow-up. One aspect of teeth whitening treatments is they require multiple, regular applications for the best results. With our trays and whiteners, Dr. Wenzel will monitor your progress and recommend treatments for stubborn intrinsic discoloration.

In these cases, we offer several cosmetic treatments to correct the problem, including cosmetic dental bonding and porcelain veneers.

Contact Webster Groves Dental to Get Started! 

If you have noticeably stained teeth, it might be due to what you eat and drink, the medications you take, all while being impacted by your age. But, in many cases, your smile may benefit from professional teeth whitening. To learn more about your teeth whitening options, call our dentist office at (314) 918-9666  to schedule an appointment at Webster Groves Dental.

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