The 7 Worst Ways to Stain Teeth

TeethIf you are like most people, you have probably had stain teeth a few times in your life. It is almost unavoidable given how much our teeth have to endure every day. They deal with extreme temperatures, enamel destroying acids, and high amounts of pressure placed on them by your jaw.

That is why good oral hygiene habits are important to give your teeth a fighting chance. Fail to properly take care of your teeth and gums, and you will eventually end up with stain teeth, tooth decay, or something worse.

We all know what that means. People will start making negative assumptions about the type of person you are. You will become self-conscious when you are around others because you are worried about what they think about your teeth. Alternatively, when you take proper care of your teeth, you are more likely to end up with a nice set of pearly whites that make you appear younger, attractive, and successful.

However, maintaining proper oral hygiene habits is only half of the equation when it comes to keeping your teeth white and shiny. There are certain things you should avoid doing since they tend to lead to stains and discoloration. Here is a look at 7 habits that will end up leaving you with stained teeth:

1. Smoking or chewing tobacco products

Smoking is not just bad for your health, it is also bad for your teeth. Since the smoke leaves tar and darkens your teeth as you inhale and exhale. If you absolutely must smoke, make sure you visit your dentist every three months for a dental cleaning.

2. Eating lots of sugar

Sugar makes things delicious, but it is very harsh on your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth break down sugars into acids that eat away at your teeth's enamel. Sodas, desserts, and candies are some of the worst offenders when it comes to high sugar content.

3. Frequently eating berries

Berries are very good for your body given the antioxidants in them, but they are not so good for your teeth. These fruits have very acidic juices that can wreak havoc on your teeth.

4. Drinking lots of coffee or tea

Most of us like to have something hot in the morning, but excessively drinking coffee or tea will eventually leave stains on your teeth. Drink these only in moderation and rinse your mouth with water afterward.

5. Sipping on red wine

If there is one thing doctors and dentist disagree about it is the benefits of red wine. Your doctor will tell you a glass of wine a day is good for your heart, while your dentist will tell you it is bad for your teeth. Drink red wine in moderation and rinse your mouth afterward.

6. Consuming lots of tomato products

Tomatoes have a very powerful coloring agent that will leave your teeth with a permanent orange tint. Avoid foods like pasta sauce and ketchup.

7. Not visiting your dentist twice a year

Visiting your dentist will ensure stains on your teeth are removed twice a year. Doing otherwise just gives these stains more time to accumulate.

Looking to get rid of stains and discoloration on your teeth? Contact a dentist today.

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Tooth enamel itself can be many different shades and overtime change color or stain. The good news is that with a professional teeth whitening procedure from us, you can acquire the bright and shiny teeth you desire.

Understanding teeth discoloration

To understand teeth whitening, here are some of the factors that contribute to discolored teeth:

  • Genetics—tooth color can run in the family
  • Aging
  • Injury to the teeth
  • Illness
  • Medicines, such as some antibiotics
  • Tobacco use
  • Contact with stain-causing food and drinks over time (such as berries, sauces, coffee, cola, black tea, and red wine)
  • Getting too much fluoride while teeth are developing

The active ingredients in whitening products are carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. When in contact with the teeth, these products remove surface stains and also lighten the color deep into the tooth.

We can complete this task in a dental office where whiteners are much stronger than whitening toothpaste and home-use whiteners. The in-office treatments will typically have more peroxide. While the in-office treatment can change the color of teeth faster than other methods, some people prefer treatments at home than in the office.

Protecting your teeth

To help protect the mouth from the peroxide, the patient's gum tissues are covered either with a thin sheet of rubber or a protective gel. Sometimes a light or laser is used with the peroxide. We will take an impression of the patient's teeth to make a mold. This enables the dentist to make plastic gutters that perfectly adapt to the patient's teeth.

A small amount of carbamide peroxide gel (16 percent) remains in the gutter, which the patient wears daily for 60 to 90 minutes on the teeth. The treatment lasts an average of two weeks but may extend for a longer period to get satisfactory results if the staining is tenacious. Before a teeth whitening treatment, it is necessary to clean the teeth and undergo a comprehensive dental examination to make sure that the patient does not have any defective restorations or cavities.

We will also determine the cause of the tooth discoloration which is crucially important to ensure the success of the treatment. The color change can be superficial, meaning that it is caused by tartar and plaque accumulation on the tooth. These deposits become colored over time due to frequent consumption of tobacco, coffee, tea or red wine.

Other options

If one is not looking to make an in-office trip, patients can always try whitening products available at the drugstore. These kits come in the form of self-adhesive tapes, products to be applied to the toothbrush or in gutters.  The active ingredient is similar to the one used in the dental practice but at a lower concentration.

Sensitivity and irritation are possible side effects. They are more frequent with this type of treatment because the gutters are not custom-made. Whatever method you choose to use to whiten your teeth, remember that newly whitened teeth may stain more easily.

To keep your teeth white as long as possible, avoid tobacco and stain-causing food and drinks for several days after whitening. Keep in mind that teeth usually return to their original shade over time. But if you steer clear of tobacco and large amounts of stain-causing food and drinks, your teeth may stay bright for several years.

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Teeth whitening is among the simplest of solutions to improve a smile and is very popular. For patients who want to whiten their smile, there are three ways you can go about doing it. First, you can go to the store and purchase an over-the-counter whitening kit. These do-it-yourself solutions are effective but lack the supervision of a qualified dentist. Other patients prefer to come in and get a recommendation for their whitening solution. They also do the work at home but under the indirect supervision of their dentist. Finally, most patients prefer the option of coming in and having us do all the teeth whitening work in the controlled and medically oriented dentist office. Even if you chose option one, you should still make sure that you get a full dental examination before starting the whitening process, to ensure that you have a successful treatment.

For some patients, there are things that can preclude you from getting your teeth whitening done. Among the most common reasons why people find they cannot whiten their teeth is the use of dental fabrications. Dental fabrications include things like porcelain veneers, bonding, and dental crowns, which are used to repair damage to the teeth. If you use a fabrication on the front-facing teeth, you will not be able to bleach them since these synthetic materials cannot have their color changed. If you still want whiter teeth, you may want to consider veneers or another solution we can recommend.

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How teeth whitening works.

When you buy a teeth whitening product, it will contain a bleaching agent that is typically made of peroxide.  The type of peroxide and the strength of it will determine whether surface stains will be removed or if the stains below the surface will be removed.  Most of what you buy in the store is only designed to remove surface stains.  Our solution, however, will penetrate beneath the surface of your enamel to get to the deep stains that are discoloring your teeth.  Simultaneously, regardless of which solution you select, it must stay on your teeth long enough to work.  With that in mind, products like whitening toothpaste and a whitening pen can't work well because they are washed off almost immediately.  Even if the whitening agent was strong, which it isn't, it wouldn't be on your teeth long enough to make a major difference.

Overexposure is your biggest risk.

When people whiten their teeth at home, overexposure is the biggest problem to watch for.  If you leave whitening solutions on your teeth for too long, your enamel can start to erode.  This will lead to sensitive teeth, sometimes permanently.  This typically happens because people use the product and the results aren't good enough, so people try again.  This is a mistake.  If the products haven't worked like you wanted them to, it is probably because they are designed that way, not user error.  Applying the solution to your bleached teeth will only cause further irritation just like if you used too much hair bleach.  When you have a professional teeth whitening service at our dentist office, we will ensure that your teeth are whitened properly and that there is no overexposure so that sensitivity issues can be prevented.  Simultaneously, if you are tempted to whiten your teeth at the tanning salon – be careful.  Anytime that you visit a non-medical provider for a medical treatment, you are at risk.  There isn't any oversight for this industry so unless you visit the dentist; you can't be sure of what you are getting.

We can keep you comfortable. 

When you schedule our teeth whitening service, we can keep you comfortable the entire time. If you use whitening trays from the store, for example, they tend to not fit well, and this can lead to leakage.  As the solution leaks into the back of your throat, it can be terribly unpleasant.  Any whitening trays that we create for you will fit perfectly, and there won't be any leakage so that you can get the results that you want without any issues.


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