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Are you one of the many Americans who are unhappy with their smile? Have you tried teeth whitening, either from your dentist or from home? If you have, you’re far from alone. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most common procedures. While your dentist can help, do you ever wonder what you can do to keep your teeth white on your own? To help you answer this question, we’re happy to discuss a few of the most common reasons your teeth could lose their luster.

There are two main types of stains: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains appear on your enamel, the transparent outer layer of your teeth. Fortunately, these stains can usually be removed by a simple whitening procedure. You can do many things to avoid these types of complications. For example, some foods like berries or candy may stain your smile. Similarly, coffee, tea, and some sodas can also stain the outer layer of your teeth. Finally, using tobacco–whether from a cigarette or a pipe–darken your pearly whites.

The other type of stain is intrinsic. This typically is a stain affecting the inner layer (or layers) of your teeth, which are visible because your enamel is clear. This type of staining can be the result of an overexposure of fluoride in children, trauma, or even by some medications.

Unfortunately, typical bleaching procedures won’t usually remove these stains. However, a dentist could offer solutions such as crowns, veneers, or bonding. Based on your unique circumstances, your dentist could offer other solutions as well.

To learn more about what you can do to brighten your smile, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you.