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How to Treat Different Types of Tooth Stains

August 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — parkcitydentistry @ 9:08 pm

At home teeth whitening kitPeople with attractive smiles are viewed as young, confident, and successful; however, not everyone likes their teeth. Tooth discoloration is a common complaint among adults of all ages. While teeth come in several shades and tones naturally, they also change color over the years. Various factors contribute to discoloration, but your cosmetic dentist can turn back the clock using a personalized treatment plan. Here’s how you can treat the most common types of tooth stains to reveal a whiter, brighter smile. 

Types of Tooth Stains

Not all stains are the same. Although several things contribute to tooth color, dental professionals have identified 3 main categories for discoloration, which include:


Stains occurring on the surface of teeth are classified as extrinsic. The result from lifestyle choices, like poor oral hygiene habits or smoking. It can also be caused by dark foods and drinks, like coffee, red wine, or blackberries. 

Often, the best remedy for extrinsic stains is a better oral hygiene routine and lifestyle habits. Brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly will reduce plaque and remove food particles. It’s best to skip anything that can tarnish your pearly whites, like smoking. 


Intrinsic stains can be harder to treat because they occur below the surface of the teeth. They are caused by stain-causing particles that have seeped within the enamel. However, excessive fluoride can also cause intrinsic stains, appearing as white blemishes. 

OTC products won’t have any effect on intrinsic stains, and you can’t brush them away. Instead, you’ll need to see a cosmetic dentist for a professional whitening treatment. Your teeth can get up to 8 shades whiter after one appointment.


Age-related discoloration is a combination of both intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Your enamel  gets thinner over the years, exposing more of your yellowish dentist. Your teeth will also be more vulnerable to stain-causing factors, like coffee or tea. 

Whitening treatments can turn back time to reserve age-related stains. However, veneers are also an option. Besides covering discoloration, they can fix other cosmetic imperfections, like chips and gaps. Veneers can be beneficial for patients who experience sensitivity caused by enamel loss because they’ll provide an added layer of protection while enhancing your smile. Not to mention, your teeth can stay bright and beautiful for a decade or longer. 

Say Goodbye to Tooth Stains

Don’t let tooth discoloration affect your self-esteem any longer. Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your goals to design a personalized strategy to revitalize your smile. You’ll have radiant white teeth that you’ll be proud to show off.

About Dr. Cody Calderwood

Dr. Calderwood achieved his dental degree at the University of Maryland and regularly pursues advanced education in many specialties, like cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. He is an active member of various professional organizations, including the Utah and American Dental Association. If you are ready to invest in the smile of your dreams, contact our office today to request your cosmetic consultation.