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Teeth Stains and Discoloration: Causes and Treatments


Teeth, one of the features that affect the external appearance of people, have a crucial position in terms of cleaning and hygiene. Individuals who want to have a healthy and white smile, to be highly self-confident in society, and to feel good while communicating are directly related to oral hygiene. People who do not have a regular oral cleaning habit and do not clean their teeth after the foods they consume on a daily basis are likely to encounter teeth stains situation.

What causes teeth stains?

There are several reasons for teeth stains.

What are the types of teeth discoloration? 

As we mentioned above, teeth stains can occur for various reasons. To determine the exact solution, we should identify the types of teeth discoloration.

 It refers to the coloring that occurs with factors known as localized on the outer surface of the tooth.

They are stains on the internal structure of the tooth due to antibiotics and harmful foods taken during the development period of the teeth. Teeth whitening methods must be applied to clean these tooth stains.

As the human age progresses, dentin apposition and calcified tooth tissues occurring in the tooth structure, as well as changes in the fluid exchange between the tooth core. These modifications cause the teeth to appear darker than before, affecting the light transmittance of the dentin (the core substance that forms the tooth) and enamel.

Teeth discoloration may occur due to several reasons, among which, bleeding in the pulp chamber, fragmentation of the pulp tissue, the drugs used during the dental canal treatment, and various restorative materials.

 This issue may also occur due to multiple unidentified causes.

Tooth decay gives a white, opaque, or gray appearance. However, this situation will entirely disappear and returns to normal if the patient gets the proper cleaning and repair.

 Staining of dental structures can be seen as a result of direct contact with metals, oxidation, or precipitation in blood and saliva. This type of color variation can range from gray to black.

Is it possible to remove teeth stains?

As we mentioned above, teeth stains and discoloration, have different reasons. Nevertheless, teeth whitening procedures and whitening products are an effective treatment to remove surface stains easily.

What can you do to get rid of stains?

Luckily, dental problems have always hyper efficient solutions. Most of them are budget-friendly but also provide prominent results.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

All whitening gels cause more or fewer teeth sensitivity. This sensitivity to cold-hot drinks and air may cause discomfort. This is a usual and expected side effect of the application.

If the sensitivity does not disappear within 24-48 hours, it may be necessary to discontinue the use of bleaching.

In case of sensitivity, the fluoride applied by your dentist and the toothpaste or creams recommended to you will reduce this tooth sensitivity. You can also use toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate to reduce sensitivity.

Does teeth bleaching last forever?

Teeth whose stains are removed and bleached with the whitening method can remain white for a long time. The main factor affecting the whiteness of teeth is that the patients do not forget dental care. To prolong the teeth whitening effect, patients must pay attention to the food they eat, avoid smoking, and using correct dental products.

If you are seeking dental treatment and you want to learn more about teeth stains and discolorations, you can fill in the form on our website or call Kings Dental Clinic.

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