Any adult dental patient can be susceptible to darkened, stained, or otherwise discolored teeth. It can be disconcerting to find that your teeth aren’t as white as they once were. Fortunately, once you’ve pinpointed the issue, you can access professional whitening solutions from your local dentist.
Why Are My Teeth Stained?
Your teeth may become stained due to components in the foods and beverages you consume. Some examples include:
- Red wine
- Grape juice
These types of beverages include substances such as tannic acid that cause staining. Other factors, such as smoking, advancing age, and thinning enamel could also cause teeth to change color.
What Professional Whitening Options Are Available?
Both in-office and take-home professional whitening treatments can help stained teeth shine whiter and brighter. We offer both of these types of professional whitening treatments.
With professional whitening services and take-home kits, you won’t have to trust in less reliable methods. Scrubbing your teeth with baking soda or charcoal, for example, can be highly abrasive without providing the same dependability.
How Do I Avoid Discoloration in the Future?
The first step to avoiding further staining is to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Cleaning foods and beverages off your teeth immediately after consuming them reduces the amount of contact time so they’re less likely to stain your teeth. And keeping your teeth healthy overall means your enamel isn’t wearing away quickly and showing the yellowish dentin underneath.
Other strategies to help prevent staining from food and drinks include:
- Use a straw when sipping any beverage that could stain
- Chew a piece of sugarless gum after meals to help saliva wash away food debris
- Avoid sipping staining beverages throughout the day
Take-home whitening kits can be also a great tool when you’re looking for a way to freshen up your whiteness between professional whitening visits.
At Simply Smiles, we offer top-of-the-line teeth whitening treatments as well as patient education to help you keep your newly whitened teeth free of stains and discolorations. Contact us by calling our office today to discuss the available treatments and schedule your visit.