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Intrinsic Teeth Staining: Where Does It Come From and How Can I Fix It?

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Sometimes your teeth are stained because of what you eat and drink.  This is called extrinsic staining and it can be dealt with rather easily.  However, if nothing seems to be working to remove the stain, you may have an intrinsic stain which means the stain is coming from the inside of the tooth, either from the nerve itself or something staining the inside of the tooth enamel.  Don’t worry though, it can still be fixed!

There are many different reasons why you might have an intrinsic stain.  Genetics might be working against you by only giving you a thin amount of enamel which allows the yellow dentin (the layer just beneath the enamel) in your teeth to show through.  Wear and tear from heavy use, acidic foods, acid reflux, and time can wear away tooth enamel which can reveal more dentin.  You might also have tetracycline-stained teeth.  Tetracycline is an antibiotic which unknowingly stained adult teeth while they were still developing as a child.  Lastly, your teeth might also get an internal stain from trauma and internal hemorrhaging.

If you want to fix your stained teeth, come see us.  There are many different kinds of stains and causes, which means that different treatment methods are indicated.  We can discuss your options when you come in for a visit.  Whether it is traditional bleaching, in-office professional bleaching, or thin veneers and/or porcelain crowns, the result would be a perfect smile ,and it’s hard to compete with that!

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