In a world where people judge you from the quality of your selfies, teeth discoloration can be a very big bother. It is a very common problem plaguing people in America and is responsible for over 35% of all cosmetic dentistry visits in the country every single year. Unknown to many though, there are different types of teeth stains and each has its own causes.
Although people like to generalize the term discoloration, it is important to break down the individual types of stains and their causes. All tooth stains are not created equally and we will see reasons why this is the case below.
There are two main types of teeth stains- Intrinsic and extrinsic tooth stains. Here is an explanation of the two main types of stains and 10 reasons why all teeth stains are not created equally,
Extrinsic tooth stains
Extrinsic tooth stains are the most common and the easiest to clean. These are stains on the surface of teeth which have not yet penetrated through to the enamel and deeper into the structure of the tooth.
Intrinsic tooth stains
Intrinsic tooth stains unlike their extrinsic counterparts, develop from within the tooth. They are therefore very difficult to remove completely although there is a possibility of lightening them using special laser and cleaning machines.
Now that we have broken down the two main categories of tooth stains, it is time to look at the main causes of these intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Here are 10 causes and reasons why all tooth stains are not the same;
10 Reason- Why All Tooth Stains Are Not Created Equally
Some stains are caused by old age
Some of the staining cases reported here at Vita dental, are due to aging and this is very normal. As we grow old, our teeth tend to change in color and the shade begins to move from light yellow to brown or gray. Such forms of permanent discolorations can’t be easily reversed because they are natural.
Some stains are due to genetic factors
Our teeth don’t have the same color. Some people’s teeth have a natural shade of yellow while other people’s teeth look a little brown or even gray. This means that other people’s teeth might look stained when compared to others. To achieve the uniform shade of bright white that most people crave for, dentist use bleaching and other whitening mechanisms.
Dental stains caused by tobacco products
All stains are not created equally because some of the stains are as a result of consuming tobacco products. Tobacco products are particularly responsible for most of the extrinsic stains reported in dental offices across America. This is why you should avoid tobacco at all costs if you really care about your teeth.
Stains caused by drinks and beverages
Some stains are caused by drinking certain drinks and beverages. Alcohol and coffee are right there at the top of the list of the drinks and beverages that are likely to cause dental staining when consumed for a very long time. Although such stains can be easily cleaned, they affect the overall structure of the teeth and weaken them over time. There already are very many compelling reasons why you should avoid alcohol particularly and staining your teeth should be of great concern to you as well.
Dental stains caused by medical products
Some medical products are capable of causing dental staining when consumed over a long period of time. Medication is particularly responsible for the development of intrinsic stains which are very difficult to treat. Some of the most common forms of medications that are known to trigger the development of intrinsic stains include Tetracycline, Doxycycline and Antihistamines.
Dental stains caused by dental decay
Some stains are as a result of dental cavities and tooth decay. This intrinsic stains are very difficult to get rid of and need specialized equipment to completely eliminate.
Stains caused by fluoride
Although it is vital for the proper development of teeth, Fluoride is known to cause severe dental fluorosis especially when used excessively. Overexposure to Fluoride causes extrinsic stains to develop where the teeth look chalky and have white patches all over.
Stains caused by infections
Some of the dental stains are caused by infection of the pulp. These are intrinsic stains which give dentists a very hard time when trying to treat them.
Stains caused by injury
Some dental stains are as a result of injury to the teeth. Could be an external or an internal injury that causes the teeth to lose their original shade. Such stains are normally treated through bleaching or capping the tooth with a crown.
Whatever the cause of the dental staining might be, here at Vita Dental we have the best professionals and equipment to help us clean the mess up and give your teeth the shade you desire. For more information on our teeth whitening services, give us a call today or visit our offices to talk to Highly Qualify dentists.