• LaurenWallace

Three Types Of Teeth Stains And How To Remove Them

by Erin Cosgrove

No one likes to look in the mirror and see discolored and yellow teeth smiling back at them. Everyone battles stained teeth at some point in their life, but how you should go about removing them can be difficult to determine. Cleaning stained teeth depends on the type of stains you have and which whitening options are best for your personal oral health. But there’s good news! With so many whitening options available, there’s bound to be one that will get your smile shining in no time. TYPES OF TEETH STAINS Extrinsic Stains An extrinsic tooth stain is a stain on the outer part of the tooth. These stains make their home on your enamel, which is the layer of the tooth that protects the softer part of the tooth (dentin) underneath. Even though enamel is the hardest part of the tooth, it comes in contact with everything you eat or drink and can absorb some of the pigment over time, causing a stain. The good news is that extrinsic stains don’t move below the enamel to the inner part of the tooth, which means it’s easier to remove them! Intrinsic Stains Intrinsic stains happen when the sensitive layer underneath the enamel, called dentin, is stained. Dentin is naturally darker and more yellow in color and is exposed when enamel is thinned or worn down from wear or inadequate oral hygiene. These stains are a little t