Patients always want a bright, white smile. When I started my dental education, the brightest shade of tooth-colored material had a hint of yellow, grey or red to it. Now, there are so many bleach white options that patients can have teeth that glow as if they were at a rave, just stepping outside the front door. Many of us do not want our teeth to be THAT bright white, but a whiter smile helps boost confidence, adds youthfulness to your physical appearance, and suggests good health and hygiene. At Katy Trail Dental, we can help you whiten your teeth and maintain your brighter smile.
Many foods and beverages can discolor teeth. These include coffee, tea, blueberries, raspberries and beets. Wine, specifically red wine, can leave a dark stain on teeth and on dentures or partials. Avoid wine at all costs if you have just bleached or whitened your teeth, as the pores of your tooth are more susceptible to stain, reversing the whitening process you just invested in. Other times, when you have your wine, try and follow it with some water to buffer your mouth. Interestingly, the ADA recently reported that those who go to wine tastings had a higher risk of developing tooth stain, as the tasting protocol involves moving the wine around in your mouth, letting it coat as much of the surface of the tongue as possible to really judge the palate.