|•||Intrinsic stains - Intrinsic stains on our teeth occur on the inside, or the inner layer of the tooth. These types of stains can occur from certain oral medications, as a result of too much fluoride (a condition known as fluorosis), or from some type of dental trauma that has occurred. It is frustrating, but there is little that can be done to prevent intrinsic stains from forming. Even closely following the American Dental Association’s (ADA) guidelines cannot stop their formation.
|•||Extrinsic stains - These are the stains on the outer surface of the teeth, which you can see. These types of tooth stains can be caused by tobacco usage, drinking coffee, tea, wine, soda, or eating berries. The enamel in our teeth absorbs these pigments, thus causing discoloration. You use a straw to prevent contact with your teeth.
|•||White spots - Often, white spots are a sign of demineralization. Demineralization happens when lost minerals are not replaced. These weakened spots on your teeth not only affect the appearance of your teeth, they can eventually lead to cavities. The most common cause of white spots on your teeth is from having braces. The spots occur where the brackets once sat. These areas were unable to see toothpaste or other external methods of remineralization while the braces were on.|
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