Everything You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

Posted on June 17th, 2019

You’ve probably seen advertisements for in-home teeth whitening, or for dental teeth whitening. If you are not a child, then chances are you have noticed that your teeth can stain over time. So you probably are wondering how do you fix this issue? To answer this question, we are first going to talk about what causes the staining of your teeth in the first place.

The most common culprit for teeth staining is certain foods, drinks, smoking, and aging. So for example smoking is one that is pretty obvious, and the best thing to do is stop smoking! The foods that do the most staining are often brightly colored. For example raspberries, and blueberries can stain your teeth. Also, other foods like pasta sauce, or almost anything that has a strong color is likely to cause staining if you consume it frequently.

This same principle is also true for drinks. Coffee, tea, pop, and wine, are all common staining drinks. If you are drinking these types of liquids daily, then chances are your teeth will start to stain over time. Acidic foods and liquids are even more effective at staining. So a good rule of thumb is to avoid these types of drinks if you want to limit staining.

We are also asked if braces can cause staining. It is possible if someone doesn’t brush and care for their teeth properly, there will be light staining. Anyone with braces should also avoid using whitening products while they have braces since the area that the braces are attached to won’t whiten.

How to fix stained teeth

You might have heard of using charcoal to whiten your teeth. Many people believe it to be a natural way to clean teeth. However this has not been proven to work, and it has many bad side effects that we believe makes this option not worth doing. The same goes for other in-home whitening solutions, you need to be careful using these. It is always a much better idea to have your dentist do teeth whitening.

The ability to reverse staining depends on the cause and type. There are under the surface stains, surface stains, and age caused stains. The good news is that all three of these types of stains can be benefited by teeth whitening. However, some stains are more reversible than others. Obviously, surface stains are the easiest stains to remove, but we can help with any of them! If you don’t know what to do, then talk to your dentist. They will advise you on the best thing to do to fix the staining. Here at East Center Dental, we offer Pillips Teeth Whitening, and we believe this offers the best results on the market. The whitening process is quick and obvious!

Sometimes patients are worried that there will be side effects, but the worst that can happen when having professional teeth whitening is maybe a bit of sensitivity. If you do it on your own, then there could be more side effects, which is why we always suggest having a professional do the whitening. Another important thing to note is that teeth whitening is not permanent. It will need to be done periodically. So if you want to get rid of stains on your teeth, then talk to your dentist next time you have a dental appointment.