By making a few simple lifestyle changes, you may be able to prevent teeth discoloration. I am sure you all have seen a new teeth whitening product on commercials. Even your dental office offers teeth whitening services. You probably have thought, I should do the teeth whitening thing, my teeth are not as white as they should be. Have you ever thought what causes teeth staining and how could you prevent it? The following are some questions and answers about teeth staining and whitening…

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Staining…

What is the cause of teeth staining?
Food, drinks, smoking, particles withing the tooth enamel, and aging are a few reason for tooth discoloration.

Can I prevent teeth staining?
Avoid foods and beverages that stain your teeth and quit smoking. Also it is necessary to keep good oral care routines like brushing twice daily, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing daily.

What foods stain your teeth?
Bright colored foods stain your teeth. Blueberries,raspberries, and red pasta sauces for instance.

What drinks stain your teeth?
Bold color drinks such as red wines, coffee, tea, and even dark soda.

Can all tea stain my teeth?
Teas of all colors erode enamel and stain teeth. Even white and green tea.

Is it safe to brush your teeth with activated charcoal?
It is safe to ingest, however the abrasiveness of the mineral can damage the enamel of your teeth

Do braces stain teeth?
After the braces are removed sometime stains are visible. Just remember it is not the braces that stain the teeth but how the teeth were taken care of while the braces were on. Never use whitening products while wearing braces so you do not over whiten the area of your teeth surrounding the brackets.

Are all tooth stains reversible?
There are three types of stains… surface, under the surface, and age related stains. All three can benefit from the teeth whitening process.

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How do I know if I need teeth whitening?
While whitening is effective, it cannot perform miracles. It will produce the best results for people with mild to moderate stains. Your dentist should be able to advise you on whether or not this kind of treatment will give you a satisfactory outcome.

Are whitening products more effective on teeth with stains of certain colors?
Yes. yellowish teeth respond well to bleaching, brownish-colored teeth respond less well, and grayish-hue or purple-stained teeth may not respond well to bleaching at all. Your dentist can discuss the options best suited for your situation.

When is the best time to do teeth whitening?
Your teeth should be free from decay, the best time to start teeth whitening is after a professional teeth cleaning by your dental hygienist.

How often does the teeth whitening need to be touched up?
Whitening is not permanent. People who expose their teeth to a lot of foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait 1 year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed.

What is the cost of teeth whitening?
Dental insurance does not typically cover the cost of the tooth whitening procedure. Over the counter teeth whitening can be less than $50.00 while professional teeth whitening done at the dental office can cost more but also provide better results.

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