Our daily habits and other factors can lead to discoloration forming on your smile. Stains can cause embarrassment and may make you want to hide your smile. However, we can help you remove your teeth stains and offer tips for keep your smile bright.

The Causes of Discoloration

Why do these stains form anyway? A number of factors can lead to stained teeth, such as drinks high in dark pigments (tea, red wine, coffee, and soda), smoking or other tobacco products, and foods high in sugar and other starches. Poor oral hygiene can also increase plaque buildup, which in turn makes discoloration more noticeable. There are also stains that form below the tooth enamel, known as intrinsic stains. These can be caused by injury to the teeth, fluorosis, or exposure to tetracycline at a young age. We will examine your smile to assess the cause of your staining and recommend the most appropriate treatment.

Professional Teeth Whitening

You may wonder why professional teeth whitening is so important, after all, can’t you just go to the store and pick up an over-the-counter option? While there are strips and rinses, as well as toothpastes, that offer whitening, they don’t offer the same dramatic results as a professional solution. In addition, strips can lead to tooth sensitivity and the results don’t last as long. Talk to us today about achieving a brighter smile with professional teeth whitening. For those with intrinsic stains, we can also mask discoloration using veneers, dental bonding, or a combination of these two cosmetic treatments.

Preventing Further Stains

To reduce the severity of future stains, we suggest:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes
  • Flossing every night
  • Drinking more water, less soda
  • Having your teeth cleaned twice a year
  • Eating healthier, less sugary snacks


At Bailey Dental Care, we can help provide a solution to your stained smile. Give us a call to set up a visit for you or a member of your family. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.