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What Causes Teeth Staining?

Tooth discoloration is a normal occurrence that happens over time due to aging, but it can also be made worse by certain lifestyle habits. When the enamel, or outside of the tooth, develops discoloration, this is called extrinsic staining. These stains typically result from consuming drinks and foods such as coffee, wine, marinara, berries, and curry. Smoking can also lead to these types of stains.

Intrinsic staining, on the other hand, is when the dentin, or inner part of the tooth, darkens or yellows. This can result from a variety of factors, like taking certain medications, being overexposed to fluoride when young, and chips or other trauma happening to a tooth. The combination of extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration contributes to the teeth naturally yellowing over time; not to mention, enamel gradually thins with age.

While the cause of tooth discoloration varies from one person to the next, everyone experiences some degree of staining as they get older. Fortunately, with cosmetic dental treatments, you can effectively brighten your smile, if not completely remove your teeth stains. At Kois Dentistry, our team offers teeth whitening and porcelain veneers to help you achieve a whiter, healthier-looking smile. Depending on the extent and cause of your discoloration, our dentists will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your needs.

To schedule an appointment to learn how you can remove your teeth stains and get the beautifully white smile you desire, please contact us today!