Frequently asked questions about teeth stains
Are teeth naturally white?
Yes and no. Every tooth surface is covered with enamel, which has a naturally white hue. However, the underlying dentin layer of your teeth has a more yellowish, brownish, reddish, or greyish color, and this underlying color determines the shade of your teeth. When the enamel on your teeth breaks down and thins out, this darker hue shows through.
What causes teeth to stain?
Tooth discoloration is often the result of the foods you eat. Acidic foods and beverages are often to blame. In fact, coffee stains on teeth is one of the most well-known culprits. But tooth stains can develop from a variety of causes, including the medications you take, your genetics, and the natural aging process. We can help you understand the underlying causes of your stained teeth.
Are stained teeth unhealthy?
Not necessarily. Many people have stained teeth that are perfectly healthy. On the flip side, many people with poor dental health have perfectly white teeth. Additionally, tooth discoloration can sometimes be genetic. Without evaluating your individual dental health and health history, there’s no straightforward answer to this question.
Are teeth stains permanent?
No, but it does depend on the type of stain you’re suffering from. An extrinsic stain is discoloration on the surface of the tooth. This can usually be easily taken care of with a professional cleaning. An intrinsic tooth stain refers to staining that has reached under your enamel. Intrinsic stains require a professional teeth whitening treatment to correct. In some cases, staining on your teeth can be so severe that even professional teeth whitening is not enough and a cosmetic option like veneers may be the better or only choice.
The best treatments to fix stained teeth
In-office teeth whitening
A non-invasive in-house treatment that produces amazing results. You’ll see an improvement in the brightness of your smile in just one treatment!
Take-home whitening trays
An effective and predictable way to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. These custom-made teeth whitening trays perform better than over-the-counter options.
Take-home professional whitening strips
These ADA-approved whitening strips offer a proactive way to keep your teeth white. Our dentists evaluate your health to recommend the perfect solution.