Richmond Dentist Explains Different Kinds of Tooth Stains

Sep 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, Tooth Stains

Richmond DentistDiscolored and stained teeth are among the most common reasons for dental discontent. As a result, tooth-whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures in America. In some cases, over-the-counter remedies may suffice to brighten your smile, especially if the stains are minor. In other instances, however, even professional strength tooth-whitening procedures may not be enough to cover the blemishes. Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, your Richmond dentist, explains the different causes of tooth stains, and why some require a different, stronger treatment than others.

Surface Tooth Stains

The more common tooth stains are extrinsic tooth stains, meaning “on the outside.” Because extrinsic tooth stains are on the surface of your teeth, they are also the easiest to remove from your teeth. The surface of your teeth can stain for a number of reasons, including dark-colored foods like berries, carrots, coffee, wine, soda, and tea, among many others. Tobacco, whether smoked or chewed, can also stain your teeth. If the stains are minor enough, over-the-counter whitening products may suffice to lighten your teeth enough to improve your smile. For a stronger solution, Dr. Moiceanu can offer a professional-strength tooth whitening program that fits your needs.

Under-the-Surface Tooth Stains

Unfortunately, even if you refrain from the most notorious tooth staining foods, your teeth may still be subject to stains and discoloration. Intrinsic tooth stains occur inside of the tooth, and can also develop for a variety of reasons, including injury or extreme decay. Tobacco smoke can cause intrinsic staining in your teeth, and some medications (i.e. tetracycline, antihistamines, and medications for blood pressure) have been known as culprits, as well. Because intrinsic stains are on the inside, they usually do not respond well to tooth-whitening treatments. Dr. Moiceanu may recommend an alternative cosmetic dental treatment, such as porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental bonding.

Regardless of the source or type of your tooth stains, we can help you achieve the smile you deserve. To learn more treating tooth stains, or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Moiceanu at our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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