A smile is usually the first thing people notice and can cause a huge impact on peoples self esteem, and can be a source of embarrassment if color is the issue. Color of teeth are particularly a huge importance in a lot of people and is one of the largest reasons people seek dental treatment to improve their appearance. If the known cause of the staining can be determined, it can determine the proper dental treatment to achieve the best possible results.
There are two types of tooth staining:
Intrinsic staining: are created from an impression of the person's gums and teeth. They provide the best protection due to their custom fit, comfort and cushioning effect. They are custom made by a dental professional.
Extrinsic Training: can be purchased at sports stores and molded at home. The sports guard material is softened in boiling water and then formed directly on the upper teeth. They cost less than custom guards but do not fit well and provide limited protection.
The source of the stain can often be identified by color, life style, diet, oral self care which helps determine the most effective way for removal.
Yellow: Plaque buildup on tooth due to lack of oral hygiene. Treatment: Proper home care to remove plaque.
Green: Most common in children with enamel irregularities; inadequate daily plaque removal. Treatment: Proper home care and removal.
Black line: A persistent stain from iron in saliva or oral solution. Treatment: professional scaling and polishing.
Brown: Tobacco tar, food, and beverage pigmentation, lack of brushing. Treatment:Professional scaling and polishing.
Yellowish brown: Stannous fluoride and chlorhexidene in mouth rinse. Treatment:Professional scaling and polishing
Orange: Chromogenic bacteria from very poop oral hygiene. Treatment: Professional cleaning and proper plaque removal at home.
Blue-green: Exposure to mercury and led dust. Treatment: Professional cleaning
Proper oral hygiene is key in keeping a healthy smile. If you have concerns regarding the color of your own teeth, ask your dental hygienists for the right action plan for you to achieve a smile you can be proud of.