Stained Teeth

eeth stains can be embarrassing and can get in the way of the bright smile you are trying to achieve. With so many whitening options out there, from strips to whitening at your dentist’s office, trying to get that shiny white smile can be confusing and frustrating.

One of the best ways to keep your teeth looking their best is by preventing stains. At South Hills Dental Arts, we care about your smile, so we’ve put together some dental care tips to help you better understand what causes teeth staining and how you can prevent it.

What Causes Teeth Staining?

There are three primary types of stains that teeth can experience, including: under the surface stains, surface stains, and age-related stains. Teeth staining can be caused by a variety of factors such as:

  • Food
  • Smoking
  • Drinks
  • Aging
  • Stain-causing particles in tooth enamel

Stained Teeth

Foods with bright colors are more likely to stain your teeth, such as raspberries, red pasta sauces, and bright curries. Drinks like red wine, coffee, dark sodas, and teas can also lead to tooth discoloration.

How to Prevent Teeth Staining

To prevent tooth discoloration, it is essential to try to avoid the foods and beverages we’ve previously discussed. It is also important to quit smoking and to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing, and rinsing with mouth wash. You can also chew sugar-free gum after you eat. Most importantly, be sure to schedule regular visits to South Hills Dental Arts at least twice a year for a routine checkup.

Whitening Your Teeth: What to Use and What to Avoid

Have you noticed that your teeth could be a little whiter? Before choosing a whitening treatment, be sure to understand the pros and cons of each option. These options include:

Activated charcoal– Charcoal toothpaste has adverse side effects, and it does not have proven results that it works to whiten teeth.

Whitening toothpaste– This is a safe option but may take several weeks to show results.

Over-the-counter whitening kits– Whether you use strips, trays, or brushes, these solutions can offer results in about one to two weeks.

Whitening at the dentist– From take-home kits to Zoom Teeth Whitening, there are a variety of ways your dentist can whiten your teeth. This is an excellent option because they can examine your teeth for decay and cleaning your teeth before whitening for the best results.

If you choose to whiten your teeth at home, it is crucial to follow the instructions carefully and use products that have Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association (ADA). Each whitening treatment varies in price, and there are over-the-counter and in-office options to meet every budget.

If you are concerned about tooth discoloration or would like to learn more about your whitening options, the expert staff at South Hills Dental Arts can help! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.