Many of us can’t start the day without a cup of morning joe or tea. While these beverages can provide a whole host of health benefits, one thing they don’t benefit is our teeth. If you’ve been drinking coffee or tea for years, you probably already know that they can leave unsightly yellow stains on your teeth. Fortunately, your dentist in Marble Falls offers a way to treat that problem. Keep reading to learn more.
How Do Coffee and Tea Stain My Teeth?
Your enamel, or the hard outer shell of your teeth, is not completely flat and smooth. In fact, it contains microscopic craters and ridges that can hold tiny particles of food and drink. Pigments from dark-colored drinks like tea and coffee can become ingrained in the nooks and crannies of your enamel. If not removed by brushing, they can give your teeth yellowing stains.
Does Coffee Stain Less If I Add Cream?
Unfortunately, this is just a rumor. While it may seem like lighter-colored coffee would cause less stains, that is not the case. Coffee with creamer contains the same pigments as coffee without creamer, meaning it is just as likely to stain your teeth. The only way to reduce stains from coffee is to reduce your intake of coffee, or to seek teeth whitening in Marble Falls.
How Can I Remove Tea and Coffee Stains from My Teeth?
While the best way to prevent these stains is to completely stop consumption of tea or coffee, that is simply not an option for most people. You could try whitening toothpastes, but the best way to remove surface stains is to see your dentist in Marble Falls, who offers Zoom! Teeth Whitening treatment.
With Zoom!, your dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to your teeth, making sure to protect your lips and gums from receiving the gel. Then your teeth will be exposed to a special light that activates the gel to remove discoloration. In just one hour of treatment, your smile will be up to 10 shades brighter, and with proper oral hygiene, your results should last for years to come.
You don’t have to abstain from tea or coffee to remove the discoloration in your teeth. Simply see your dentist for a professional teeth whitening treatment you won’t regret.
About the Author
After Dr. Greg Ritchie completed his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, he completed post-doctorate training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the Texas Dental Association. For more information about Zoom! Whitening, click here or call Dr. Ritchie at (830)-693-8833.