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I have stains on my teeth. How can I get rid of them?

Having stains on your teeth is one of the most common oral alterations, since they appear over time and more often due to external factors related to our own eating or daily habits.

 

However, we shouldn’t resign ourselves to living with them, and much less, ignore them.

On one hand, stains can be an indicator of a more serious problem. On the other hand, they are very unattractive and cause the smile to lose their original white tone as well as their healthy look. The main cause of stained teeth is poor oral hygiene.

 

Nevertheless, there are habits, food and medication that can discolor our teeth.

Although knowing these causes will help us to prevent stains from appearing, it’s also true that over time teeth lose their uniformly white tone from when we were kids.

 

Which types of stains exist?

Broadly speaking, we can define three types of different stains: brown, yellow and white.

 

How can I eliminate teeth stains?

Eliminating unattractive teeth stains is often much easier than expected. But in order to remove them, first it’s necessary to determine which is their origin and the extent of such stains.

 

Therefore, it’s advisable to visit a dentist you can trust who is professionally trained in aesthetic dentistry. After a diagnosis and an oral exam, he would be able to determine the most suitable treatment for you.

 

The most common treatments to eliminate teeth stains are:

 

-Professional dental cleaning

This is the most simple and quick of the two treatments we are going to enumerate. If stains are superficial -as with those caused by tobacco and eating habits- they can be removed by a professional dental cleaning.

 

As there are many ways to perform a dental cleaning, it’s necessary to highlight that in order for the treatment to be effective, oral hygiene must be thorough. This includes, besides regular procedures, brushing with a special toothpaste and air polishing with bicarbonate powders. 

 

In conclusion, this step helps to remove superficial stains that may have stuck in your teeth (coffee, tobacco, tea) and to restore your teeth to its natural white color.

If this previous step is not carried out, a dental cleaning would be of no use to eliminate superficial stains.

 

-Teeth Whitening

In other cases, teeth discoloration could be solved with teeth whitening. Since there are several types of whitening treatments, we are going to explain the ones we have in our clinics:

 

- Teeth whitening at home, for this treatment you will receive a whitening kit. The product should be applied around 20-30 minutes for a few consecutive days in order to see the results.

 

- In-office whitening takes around 45 minutes and the procedure is more intense and may cause sensitivity but results are immediate.

 

We wait for you in our clinics in Manassas, Fairfax and Woodbridge to restore your beautiful smile to its healthy state!


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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