What Causes Teeth Staining?

Tooth discoloration is a problem that happens to everyone over time. Despite being a normal concern, stains can make people feel self-conscious about their smile, even causing them to hide their teeth in public. If you struggle with yellow or brown teeth stains—or just want to brighten the overall shade of your teeth—our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Andrew E. Skasko, offers multiple dental procedures that can help transform the look of your smile. 

Depending on the types of stains you have on your teeth and what caused them, you may be a better candidate for one type of treatment over another. Common causes of teeth staining include the following: 

  • Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, wine, berries, marinara, and curry
  • Overexposure to fluoride as a child
  • Medications, like tetracycline antibiotics
  • Trauma that caused internal damage
  • Smoking or using other tobacco products

Whenever possible, you may want to avoid these culprits or at least limit them to minimize teeth staining. However, even if you don’t eat staining foods or have a habit of smoking, you may find your teeth aren’t as bright as they once were. 

To help whiten your teeth for a beautiful and healthy-looking smile, you may be a good candidate for a procedure like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. When stains are on the surface of teeth, they can often be reversed with the bleaching process involved in many teeth whitening methods. However, if the stains are more severe, such as from tetracycline, you may require a solution like veneers, which conceal cosmetic concerns like stains, as well chips, cracks, and gaps. 

Do you want to lighten your teeth and remove discoloration? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Skasko to learn how you can achieve bright, beautiful teeth you can’t help but show off!

Contact us

Get in touch with us!