Many things can lead to tooth discoloration. 

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way, and today, a brilliant smile can be achieved, no matter how complex a person’s dental issues may be.  Although it’s possible to whiten your discolored teeth, you need to learn what is causing the discoloration, so that the right solution can be found for you.  It’s important to understand that there are actually two main kinds of tooth discoloration, intrinsic and extrinsic staining, and in our last blog, our cosmetic dentist talked about what intrinsic staining is and what causes it. Today, we’ll be going over the details of extrinsic staining.

What are extrinsic stains and what causes them? DSC_7161

Extrinsic stains are sometimes called surface stains because they are caused by outside elements that discolor the surface of the tooth, which is called the enamel. Here are a few of the causes of extrinsic stains:

  • Certain Drinks and Foods – There are many drinks that can stain you teeth, including red wine, tea, soda and coffee. Curry, tomato sauce and berries are a few examples of foods that can stain your teeth.
  • Medications – The prescription mouth rinse, Chlorhexidine, can cause surface staining of your teeth.  And long term use of doxycycline will also cause staining.
  • Tobacco – Whether you chew or smoke tobacco, know that any kind of tobacco product will lead to tooth discoloration, as well as many other dental issues that will compromise your oral health.
  • Oral Hygiene – If you don’t practice healthy oral hygiene habits, you’ll likely see discoloration. However, discoloration is just a minor side effect of poor oral habits, and the reality is that they can lead to much bigger issues.

Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth? If so, contact our cosmetic dentist in Lawrence today! We’ll help find the right solution for you so that you can enjoy a beautiful, confident smile.