The Types of Teeth Stains

The Best 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 tooth stains, and your treatment options will depend on the type of tooth discoloration your teeth present.

Our Bakersfield dentist 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 tooth stains by calling 661-664-9900 for an appointment.

woman looking at her teeth in pain in the mirror

Extrinsic Teeth Stains

Extrinsic tooth stains are the most common type, and they occur on the surface of the teeth. These stains are often caused by external factors and can vary in color, ranging from yellow and brown to green or black.

Causes can include:

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


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.

Intrinsic Teeth Stains

Intrinsic stains are discolorations that originate from within the tooth, affecting the dentin—the layer beneath the enamel. Unlike extrinsic stains that occur on the tooth surface, intrinsic stains are often more challenging to remove.

Causes include:

  • Genetics
  • Medications
  • Trauma
  • Excessive fluoride
  • Aging


Intrinsic stains are more challenging to remove since they’re embedded deep within the tooth enamel. Intrinsic teeth stains require professional teeth whitening treatments, such as in-office whitening, custom-made at-home whitening kits, or porcelain veneers. Dentists may also recommend microabrasion or bonding, depending on the severity of the stain.

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 discolored teeth 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, we can treat them with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Consult our Bakersfield dentist, as he can assess the condition of your teeth and recommend the most appropriate treatment to help you achieve a brighter, more youthful-looking smile.

teeth whitening before and after

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments for All Types of Teeth Discoloration

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 dentist may recommend one of the following teeth whitening treatments:

  • In-Office Whitening: In-office whitening involves applying a strong bleaching agent to the teeth and using a special light to activate the whitening process. In-office whitening is best for severe extrinsic and intrinsic tooth discolorations.
  • At-Home Whitening Kits: At-home whitening kits include custom-made trays filled with a whitening gel and worn for a specific amount of time each day. At-home whitening kits are 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 tooth stains.
  • Dental 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 tooth stains.
before and after porcelain veneers

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you’re struggling with tooth discoloration, contact our Bakersfield dentist today at 661-664-9900 to schedule a consultation and achieve a brighter, more confident smile. You don’t have to be unhappy about the shade of your teeth any longer!