Miami Dental

Monday, October 9, 2017

Extrinsic Stains and Treatment

Stains on teeth are divided into two categories – extrinsic and intrinsic. While intrinsic stains refer to the discoloration of dentin (underneath the enamel) extrinsic are a little less complicated, as they occur on the outer surface of enamel. Because extrinsic stains are located on the surface, they can be removed through a few whitening sessions. Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, & Lelchuk may suggest GLO Whitening treatment for extrinsic stains.

Extrinsic tooth stains are usually a result of poor oral hygiene habits. However, certain foods and beverages like coffee and wine can stain the enamel as well. Unlike intrinsic stains, extrinsic stains can be removed through whitening treatment. To prevent extrinsic stains from occurring, we encourage you to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Additionally, drink water whenever you can since water cleans your mouth with every sip and you don’t have to worry about it staining your teeth.

If you have questions or concerns about stains or teeth whitening, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as the services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, give us a call at our Miami Beach office: 305-532-1444 or North Miami Beach office: 305-949-2630.