How Certain Food & Drinks Can Stain Teeth

We try so hard to get and maintain a pearly white smile, all the while common foods and beverages are setting our progress back. Do you know what foods and drinks can stain teeth? We’re here to take you through a list of the most common stain-causing culprits and why they stain our teeth. 

Stained Teeth Types

Tooth discoloration, or stained teeth, happens when residue left over from pigmented food and drinks build up, covering the tooth enamel. However, it can also be the result of several other factors too. There are several different types of teeth stains according to Crest. These are: 

Extrinsic Teeth Stains 

This type of tooth stain affects the surface of the tooth. Most commonly, extrinsic food stains are the result of the foods and drinks we consume. These stains can also be brought on by tobacco use, regularly drinking coffee and tea, wine or other dark drinks. This type of tooth stain will typically go away with regular dental cleanings and using a whitening toothpaste each day.

Intrinsic Teeth Stains

Intrinsic tooth stains are when the staining is located below the surface of the tooth. This happens when stain-causing elements go through the exterior of the tooth and rest within the tooth enamel. 

People who use large amounts of fluoride have been associated with this type of tooth stain, mainly affecting children. An intrinsic tooth stain is more difficult to remove, but it can be done with your dentist’s help in most cases. 

Age-Related Teeth Stains

The age-related teeth stains are usually a combination of the extrinsic and intrinsic tooth stains. This is because the tissue of your teeth, dentin, naturally yellows as we grow older. Also, as we age, our enamel becomes thinner which makes it easier for the dentin to be seen. 

Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration 

Along with each type of tooth stain, there are specific reasons that allow each type to happen. Common causes on extrinsic teeth stains are:

  • Drinks like coffee, wine, and soda
  • Food like chocolate 
  • Tobacco

Alternatively, intrinsic teeth stains are commonly caused by:

  • Medications 
  • Injury or trauma
  • Too much fluoride 
  • Genetics 

Over time, you can experience staining caused by both types, which is what we call age-related staining. 

Common Stain Colors

Stains that appear certain colors can help you decipher what the staining might be caused by.

Healthline breaks it down by color, like this:

  • Yellow stains: this happens from tea, coffee, red wine, high-sugar diets, medications, poor hygiene, and dry mouth. 
  • Brown stains: these can be caused by the same food and drinks. It can also be caused by fruits like blueberries, blackberries, untreated tooth decay, and tartar buildup. 
  • White stains: these stains usually signal a cavity or too much fluoride use
  • Black: black stains are from advanced cavities, fillings that contain silver sulfide, and liquid iron supplements 
  • Purple: purple stains happen most commonly from regular wine drinking 

How to Get a Brighter Smile

If you’ve noticed your teeth have become stained and would like a brighter smile, you have options! Unfortunately, whitening toothpaste or other kits sold at your local stores don’t attack the deep stains like you’d hope they would. No need to worry, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies is here to help! We can get your smile 8 to 12 shades brighter in just one visit. 

Using Sapphire Teeth Whitening, you’ll get a fast, safe, and gentle treatment. This whitening technique is ideal for candidates who want a brighter smile fast, have a busy schedule, and/or have sensitive teeth. 

How Does the Procedure Work?

Sapphire Teeth Whitening is quick and easy. Your appointment will take about an hour once the dentist and you have decided that this is the best course of action. 

Unlike other whitening treatments that only use bleaching chemicals, Sapphire Whitening is able to produce brighter results in a more timely manner by combining light therapy with advanced technique. The brightening effect is multiplied by the Plasma Arc Light, which is applied to the whitening gel. This triggers a chemical reaction that lightens the tooth in close to no time at all.

After the procedure, some patients might have some minor discomfort and sensitivity, but these symptoms are temporary and don’t last longer than a few days. Though Sapphire Whitening is overwhelmingly safe for the most patients, it shouldn’t be used if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, younger than 13 years old, or if you take light sensitive medication. Results can be easily maintained by following proper dental hygiene and brushing regularly with the Sapphire take-home whitening gel you’ll be given.

Call Now For a Brighter Smile

If you’re ready to whiten your teeth up to 12 shades, request an appointment now! These long-lasting results will provide you with a brighter, more confident smile in as little as an hour. If you have any questions, give us a call: (970)-223-6101.