Are your pearly whites not as white as you want them to be? As family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD can attest to, discolored teeth is a common concern among many people. And with said concern come questions—many, many questions.
If you’re looking to have whiter teeth, you deserve to know as much as possible about teeth discoloration and whitening. For this reason, we’ve provided below the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about teeth staining.
What causes teeth discoloration?
Smoking and the consumption of certain types of food and drink can stain the surface of your teeth. Discoloration can also be caused by aging, or issues involving the tooth enamel.
How can I prevent tooth discoloration?
Avoid/quit smoking and limit your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks. Practice excellent oral healthcare and visit your dentist at least every six months.
What foods/drinks cause teeth stains?
Daily intake of foods and drinks with bold, bright colors can contribute to teeth discoloration. Examples of such foods include raspberries, blueberries, red pasta sauces, and vibrantly colored curries. Examples of such drinks include dark sodas, red wines, coffee, and teas of any color.
Can wearing braces stain your teeth?
Braces themselves don’t cause teeth stains; it’s how you clean your teeth while wearing braces that can result in mild discoloration. Observe proper oral healthcare when you’re wearing braces to avoid this issue.
Is teeth discoloration reversible?
Absolutely! Teeth whitening is an oft-requested service provided by dentists.
Do teeth whitening products really work?
It depends on the product. Your dentist can tell you which ones are truly effective, so make sure to discuss your options with them.
Is teeth whitening expensive?
Teeth whitening products recommended by your dentist can be purchased at drug stores for less than $50. Professional treatments done at the clinic can cost a few hundred dollars, maybe more.
Do teeth whitening procedures produce permanent results?
No, but you can prolong these results by avoiding the stain-causing activities described above.
Can I have my teeth whitened anytime?
Not quite. Make sure your teeth are clean and cavity-free before undergoing the teeth whitening procedure.
Are there teeth whitening side effects?
It doesn’t happen often, but it’s possible to experience teeth sensitivity after the whitening procedure. The overuse of whitening products can also cause enamel damage and thus permanent teeth discoloration.
Are discolored teeth ruining your smile? Please contact Audubon Dental Center of Clinton via our website or at (301) 856-1122 if you’re interested in the teeth whitening procedure. You can also browse our list of services to see how else we can be of assistance to you.