Your teeth can become discolored for many reasons and Artistic Touch Dentist wants want to help you have the healthiest and whitest smile possible. Your teeth can become discolored by stains on the surface or by changes in the tooth material. There are three main types of tooth discoloration explained by Colgate below:
- Extrinsic discoloration — This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained. Coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods can stain teeth. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains.
- Intrinsic discoloration — This is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens or gets a yellow tint. You can get this type of discoloration for a number of reasons that our dentists will be able to educate you on.
- Age-related discoloration — This is a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic factors. Dentin naturally yellows over time. The enamel that covers the teeth gets thinner with age, which allows the dentin to show through. Foods and smoking also can stain teeth, as people get older. Finally, chips or other injuries can discolor a tooth, especially when the pulp has been damaged.
Colgate elaborated that, “intrinsic stains that are caused by damage to a nerve or blood vessel in a tooth sometimes can be prevented. You may need to have root canal treatment to remove the inner part of the tooth (the pulp) before it has a chance to decay and darken. However, teeth that have root canal treatment may darken anyway. To prevent intrinsic stains in children, avoid too much early exposure to fluorides. Once the enamel is formed, fluoride will not discolor teeth.”
Our office also offers a teeth-whitening treatment so that you can have a smile you are proud to show off without worrying about any discoloration. Call our office today 321.724.1400 to schedule an appointment at Artistic Touch Dentistry for a teeth cleaning or to learn more about how to whiten your teeth.