Uncovering the Causes of Your Stained Teeth

The first and most important step in addressing stained teeth is identifying the cause or causes for the discoloration so that you can hopefully prevent additional staining in the future. To get started, we need to determine if the stains or discoloration are extrinsic (external) or intrinsic (internal). Extrinsic stains affect teeth from the outside while intrinsic stains are part of the tooth structure itself. Once we have identified the type and causes of the staining, appropriate treatment options can be recommend. These may include polishing or simple dietary and lifestyle changes such as eliminating tobacco or consuming certain foods. Intrinsic stains may require tooth bleaching, veneers, or even crowns.