Did you know that Americans spend nearly $2 billion dollars each year trying to whiten their teeth? If you want to remove teeth stains, or if the over the counter or other teeth whitening home remedies haven’t produced ideal results, talk to our dentists. The DIY remedies don’t work for everyone and can also cause severe tooth sensitivity.
Teeth staining and dark spots are often caused by external factors like the foods and condiments you eat. These may include soy sauce, red and white wine, tomato sauce, mustard, berries, tea, coffee, soda or anything with artificial dyes.
Tobacco products can damage the health and appearance of your smile. Nicotine combines with oxygen, turning yellow. Over time, it can stain your enamel, causing yellow or brown spots and streaks.
Some medications have been known to cause tooth staining. It’s also been shown that ingesting large amounts of fluoride (common among children) can result in brown dental stains. Additionally, genetics can affect your teeth - you may have darker teeth or thin enamel that stains easily.
Surface stains (extrinsic stains) aren’t bad for your health, as they are a cosmetic/aesthetic issue. However, deeper stains (intrinsic stains) can be a dental health concern. If you have stained teeth, it’s important to schedule regular dental checkups so your CDA dentist can monitor your dental health and make sure your discolored teeth aren’t putting you at risk.
Although eliminating coffee, tea, and other dark beverages from your diet can prevent discolored teeth, it may not be a practical (or desirable) solution. Here are other ways you can keep your teeth white without having to give up your favorite beverages.
Surface stains are easily removed with our professional teeth whitening treatments. We offer in-office and take-home whitening options to meet your needs. To remove deep stains from teeth (intrinsic stains), it will depend on your unique situation. You may consider options like veneers, crowns, root canals, or fillings.
We know everyone has different schedules, because of this we offer late afternoon and early morning appointments.