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Tooth Stains, What They Are and How to Deal with Them

Posted on:  22nd Dec 2016

If you are less than delighted with the colour of your teeth them you are certainly not alone in this. Most people put at the top of their dental wish list - a bright white smile. Stained teeth can be the result of a number of things.

Intrinsic Tooth Staining and Removal

These stains arise because of staining of the dentin - the layer that is below the enamel of your tooth. It is darker in colour, somewhat yellow and if the enamel wears away it is exposed making the tooth look yellow. Some antibiotics can cause this, poor oral health or even a trauma to the teeth. Because these stains are inside the teeth toothpaste whiteners cannot remove them. You would have to have a teeth whitening procedure prescribed or performed by your dentist for this type of stain. Bonding or capping can camouflage this type of stain where nothing else has worked.

Stain Removal of Extrinsic Tooth Stains

This is when the enamel is stained. This is common, as everything that you eat and drink comes into contact with the enamel of your teeth. Given time the pigments of what you have been imbibing can be absorbed and so things like coffee and tea and dark berries will stain the teeth. Tobacco is a prime culprit. As these stains are on the outer part of the teeth they may respond to whitening toothpastes that will brush the surface of your teeth and then life the stains gradually. If this does not bring the desired result your dentist will be able to help you with other whitening treatments. To stop staining developing again after treatment, avoid anything likely to stain for a few days after your treatment.

Tooth staining that is Age-Related

Many things change as we get older and your teeth face the tool of time too. The dentin of your teeth will get darker and at the same time enamel thins. This can lead to teeth looking discoloured and that is something you can’t really prevent happening. Your dentist might recommend a home whitening kit or in chair teeth whitening stain removal to improve the situation. Your teeth might still look darker and veneers might be an option for regaining the white tooth surface that you crave.

Whatever the position is with your teeth London Teeth Whitening will be able to discuss the treatment options with you.

Book your appointment with our renowned dentists.
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