Understanding The Types of Teeth Stains: A Guide to Professional Teeth Whitening

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Getting the Right Whitening Treatment for Your Teeth

Teeth stains are a common dental issue that affects people of all ages. They can make your teeth look yellow or discolored, which can affect your confidence and self-esteem. There are several types of teeth stains, and your treatment options will depend on the type of stains your teeth present.

At JLM Dental Studio, Dr. Jarrett Manning provides cosmetic dentistry services like professional teeth whitening so you can achieve the stunning, bright smile you desire. Discover how our dentist can help tackle teeth stains with professional teeth whitening.

Extrinsic Teeth Stains

Extrinsic stains are the most common type of teeth stains, and they occur on the surface of the teeth. These stains are caused by external factors, such as:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Drinking coffee, tea, or red wine
  • Consuming foods with strong pigments, like berries, tomato sauce, or soy sauce


Fortunately, extrinsic stains are easier to remove since they don’t penetrate the tooth’s enamel. Extrinsic teeth stains can be removed through professional teeth cleaning or teeth whitening treatments, such as in-office whitening. 

In-office teeth whitening is generally the best professional treatment option. In-office whitening involves a dental professional applying a strong bleaching agent to the teeth and using a special light to activate the whitening process. This method can effectively remove surface stains caused by external factors such as coffee, tea, and tobacco use. 

An in-office whitening treatment may not be suitable for individuals with sensitive teeth. Your dental professional will advise you on the best treatment option for your specific needs.

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Age-Related Teeth Stains

Age-related tooth stains occur naturally as we age. As we get older, the outer layer of enamel on our teeth becomes thinner, revealing the yellow dentin beneath the tooth surface. Over time, teeth become more porous and can more easily absorb pigments from foods, drinks, and tobacco.


Mild to moderate age-related teeth stains can be treated with professional teeth whitening treatments, such as in-office whitening, custom at-home whitening kits, or over-the-counter whitening products like whitening toothpaste or strips.

For severe cases, laser teeth whitening is an effective option, offering fast and effective results by using a laser to activate the whitening compound. Additionally, we can treat them with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. It’s important to consult with your dentist to determine the best treatment option for your specific needs. They can assess the condition of your teeth and recommend the most appropriate treatment to help you achieve a brighter, more youthful-looking smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments for All Types of Teeth Stains

Professional teeth whitening treatments are the most effective way to remove all types of teeth stains. Depending on the type of teeth stain you have, our dentists may recommend one of the following teeth whitening treatments as part of a comprehensive teeth whitening process:

  • In-Office Whitening: The in-office teeth whitening procedure is a professional care method performed by a dentist. It involves applying a strong tooth bleaching agent to the teeth and using a special light to activate the whitening process. This procedure is best for severe extrinsic and intrinsic tooth stains.
  • At-Home Whitening Kits: At-home whitening kits include custom-made trays filled with a tooth-bleaching gel and worn for a specific amount of time each day. These kits are part of an effective tooth bleaching process best for mild to moderate extrinsic and intrinsic tooth stains.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells placed over the teeth to improve their appearance. They’re best for severe intrinsic teeth stains that can’t be treated with other teeth whitening methods.
  • Microabrasion: Microabrasion is a technique used to remove surface stains from teeth. It involves using mild acid to remove the outer layer of enamel and then polishing the teeth to improve their appearance. Microabrasion is best for mild to moderate extrinsic teeth stains.
  • Bonding: Bonding is a technique used to cover teeth with a tooth-colored resin material to improve their appearance. Bonding is best for mild to moderate intrinsic teeth stains.

These treatments aim at whitening teeth by removing stains and lightening the color of teeth through various methods, including professional tooth bleaching and at-home care, to achieve a brighter, whiter smile.

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