Our patients commonly ask us how can they achieve a brighter, whiter smile. Typically if your teeth are mildly or severely discolored you will need a professional teeth whitening to get your teeth looking healthy. However, if you want to maintain the shine of your teeth and protect them from staining there are some options.
Our teeth are protected by enamel, which helps fight against cavities and tooth decay. Your enamel is also why your teeth have a white color. Drinks with a dark color, such as soda, coffee, and tea can begin to causes discoloration. The high levels of acidity found in soda can also begin to damage your tooth’s enamel. Products containing food coloring, like fruit juices, tomato sauce and popsicles can also play a part in causing your teeth to lose their shine.
Practicing good dental hygiene is the best way to fight against tooth discoloration. Although you may see advertisements for whitening toothpaste, a professional teeth whitening procedure is much more effective.