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Stained Teeth Treatments in Escondido, CA

Learn how to get rid of stains on teeth

How do I stop my teeth from staining?

Suffering from brown spots on your teeth? Coffee stains? An overall yellow-ish hue to your smile? Here are a few stain prevention tips from our dentists:

  • Practice good dental hygiene habits
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit stain-causing foods and drinks like curry, wine, and tomato sauce. Rinse your mouth with water within 30 minutes after eating or drinking these stain-causing foods.
  • Get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months
  • Try a tooth-whitening toothpaste
  • Consult your dentist about a professional tooth whitening treatment

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.

Over-the-counter vs. professional teeth whitening

Tooth whitening is one of  the most commonly requested services in our office, and we’re happy to help! But there are still many people who prefer to use over-the-counter whitening strips instead. Is this safe?

If you follow the instructions, don’t leave the bleaching agent on for too long, and don’t swallow it, then there’s no danger to using these types of strips. However, over-the-counter options are never as effective as a professional treatment, rarely reach all your teeth, and can cause severe sensitivity. If you prefer to use a teeth whitening strip, talk to us. We can recommend an ADA-approved option.

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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.

Hear from our patients


Karin R.

My husband Gary recently had a new crown made at TLC Dental using a state of the art machine called Cerec. The entire procedure was completed in just a few hours start to finish and the crown is absolutely beautiful! One visit that was it! I can’t tell you how grateful he was to miss only a few hours of work to have this procedure done in 1 visit!  As my husband always tells me they are the best dentist we have ever had. So lucky to call them ours! Thank you TLC!


Gerald E.

Excellent customer service!
From the front desk staff to the assistants!
You’ll be pleased!

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Get help today

We help fix stained teeth in Escondido. Give us a call at (760) 741-5775 or contact us. Becoming a patient at our office is easy. We look forward to brightening your day and your smile!

Our office

950 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite A
Escondido, CA 92025
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We’re located just outside of downtown Escondido and offer free on-site parking.

Call: (760) 741-5775

7:30 am – 4:30 pm