Stain Relief Techniques for Your Teeth

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A White Smile is an Attractive Smile

 You have probably seen that many of the famous people have really white teeth, shining, making you wonder whether they have a perfect diet, or whether their cosmetic dentist does a rather good job.

While most of the time, both would be correct, a whitening treatment and a healthy diet might seem too costly, especially on the level of the movie stars, there are other ways of getting your teeth to be whiter.

Here’s how to identify the cause of your discoloration and begin appropriate teeth stain removal.

Intrinsic Teeth Stain Removal

Intrinsic stains refer to staining of the dentin, the sensitive tissue that lies just below your enamel. This layer naturally takes a yellower or darker color, which can then be seen if the enamel wears away due to poor mouth health. There are many possible reasons for this type of staining, including exposure to tetracycline antibiotics during childhood or physical trauma to your teeth.

These stains originate inside your teeth, so you won’t be able to remove them at home with just a whitening toothpaste. Instead, at-home whitening kits or a professional treatment by your dentist may be able to remove these stains; the active ingredients in these bleaches are meant to remove deep stains in addition to the surface stains you can remove yourself.

Extrinsic Teeth Stain Removal

Extrinsic stains refer to staining of the enamel, the hard surface protecting the more nervous dentin and pulp. Enamel comes into contact with everything you eat or drink, though, and over time it can absorb the pigments left over by these foods and beverages. Red pasta sauce, curry and berries can have this effect on your teeth, as can common drinks like soda, coffee, tea and red wine. Tobacco, whether it’s smoked or chewed, is another possible cause of this type of staining.

Extrinsic stains refer to staining of the enamel, the hard surface protecting the more nervous dentin and pulp. Enamel comes into contact with everything you eat or drink, though, and over time it can absorb the pigments left over by these foods and beverages. Red pasta sauce, curry and berries can have this effect on your teeth, as can common drinks like soda, coffee, tea and red wine. Tobacco, whether it’s smoked or chewed, is another possible cause of this type of staining.

Age-Related Teeth Stains

Many changes happen throughout your body as you get older, and your teeth are no exception. Specifically, two changes occur in your mouth: your dentin gets darker and your enamel gets thinner. Together these changes cause your teeth to become visibly discolored through no fault of your own.

This form of staining isn’t caused by discoloration of your enamel, so treatments that can penetrate into your dentin will be required. Although whitening toothpaste won’t be sufficient, your dentist may recommend an at-home bleaching kit or professional in-office whitening treatment, as oral bleaches can remove these deeper stains.

When in doubt, see your dentist for guidance on the road to a brighter smile. He or she is trained in ensuring teeth stain removal lasts, helping you make your teeth white again and for good.

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