Tooth discoloration can be categorized into one of two types: extrinsic or intrinsic. Though both types of discoloration are treatable, the type of treatment depends on the type of discoloration. Teeth whitening is suitable for extrinsic stains, while intrinsic discoloration often requires dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Read this overview from Lake Jackson dentists Brian K. Bell and Justin J. Crocker to learn about the different types of tooth discoloration.
Tooth discoloration occurs for a number of reasons. The foods and drinks that we consume can stain the teeth. In addition, poor oral hygiene, smoking, and the aging process can result in tooth discoloration. Though tooth discoloration isn't preventable, our habits can lead to faster, more intense discoloration. Certain foods and drinks, like coffee and red wine, can discolor the teeth when consumed on a regular basis. Poor oral hygiene can also increase tooth discoloration by leaving plaque, bacteria, and food remnants on the teeth. Smoking is another major contributor to dental discoloration, leading to yellowed or brown colored teeth. Treating tooth discoloration begins with determining the type of staining. Dental discoloration is either extrinsic or intrinsic.
Despite the type of discoloration you suffer from, treatments are available to restore a bright, white smile. Extrinsic, surface stains are generally easily treated with professional teeth whitening. In cases of extreme extrinsic staining, whitening treatments may not be able to restore the desired whiteness. Porcelain veneers or dental bonding are a great alternative, as these dental restorations can be made in any shade of white. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are also the preferred treatment of choice for intrinsic stains since this type of staining is generally too deep for whitening treatments. Of course, prevention is best when it comes tooth discoloration. You can help prevent tooth discoloration by following these tips:
Regain a bright, white smile. To find out which treatments are right for you, schedule a consultation with Drs. Bell and Crocker today!