When your teeth are white, bright, and healthy, you can smile with confidence. Many factors lead to discoloration, including lifestyle, diet, and aging. If you have noticed that your teeth have yellowed, turn to the tips below to restore your natural whiteness.
Beverages That Stain Your Teeth
Many beverages you enjoy, even many of the healthy beverages in your diet, may contribute to your yellowing teeth. By limiting these beverages, or drinking them through a straw, you can keep your teeth whiter and brighter.
- Red beverages, even red wine or beet juice
- Herbal tea
- Colored sports beverages
- Any beverages high in acidity—all wines, citrus juice, apple cider vinegar, etc.
Foods That Can Stain Your Teeth
Next up, you want to look closely at your daily diet. What you are searching for are foods high in acidity, and dark in tooth-staining pigments. This includes:
- Vinegar based foods
- Tomatoes and beets
- Red pasta sauce or dark curry sauces
- Dark berries
Tabaco And Tooth Discoloration
Cigarettes and chew lead to some of the most apparent tooth discoloration possible. Aside from discoloring your teeth, both come with an array of side effects and risk factors.
Discoloration With Age
Even if you limit the foods and beverages above, your teeth can gradually yellow one shade at a time. This does not necessarily mean your teeth are overwhelmingly yellow, but that they are not the pearly whites you once enjoyed.
Is It Time For Professional Tooth Whitening?
Once you make the changes above, or even if you do not plan to make any of the changes above, you may begin to search for solutions to both whiten and brighten your teeth. There are some great tooth whitening toothpastes and strips out there, but they cannot penetrate your teeth in the same manner that professional tooth whitening can achieve.
Tooth Whitening Only Takes 1 Hour!
Our professional whitening service takes about 1 hour, and leaves you with teeth up to 8 shades whiter. Depending on your lifestyle habits and ongoing care, our professional teeth whitening lasts anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. The over-the-counter whitening toothpaste we mentioned earlier is an excellent way to maintain your teeth after whitening.
If you have any questions about keeping your teeth white, let us know during your next visit. Alternatively, call us today at 651-641-1908 to schedule your professional teeth whitening.