Guide To Whiter Teeth

Regardless of how you obtained your pearly white look, the results of any treatment do not remain forever, especially if you revert to consuming foods and beverages that are known to stain and discolor teeth. Doing so can start to discolor dentition in as little as four weeks.

If you adhere to a strict diet, eliminating all those teeth-staining foods, your treatment result may last as long as 12 months or longer.  Another therapy or touch-up would be permissible at that time.

Helpful Guidelines To Get Whiter Teeth

1) Eliminate foods and beverages that stain the teeth:

  • Wine*
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Berries (black currant, blueberries, pomegranates, cherries) as well as the juice made from them
  • Richly-colored sauces (e.g. soy, curry, tomato sauce)
  • Soda and carbonated beverages**

*Tannins and chromogens are richly pigmented molecules found in red wine and are responsible for teeth staining.  Although this is missing from white wine, this is very acidic, leading to discoloration as well.

**Soda and carbonated beverages contain chromogens which discolor teeth.  However, worse than this, the drinks are extremely acidic leading to enamel erosion.  This breakdown encourages staining of the flavored soda additives as well as all other ingested foods.

Avoid acidic beverages that can wear away enamel, thereby causing discoloration. Sports and energy drinks can be highly acidic and substitution of water would be healthier.

If total elimination is not possible or desire overcomes discipline, use a straw so that the beverage bypasses the front row of teeth thereby reducing unsightly stains.  Once the beverage is in the mouth, swallow quickly, preventing the  responsible liquid from lingering in the mouth.

2) Gargle and rinse mouth after intake of stain-causing drinks and foods.

3) Brush teeth after they have been exposed to stain-causing drinks and foods.

4) The teeth are especially vulnerable for a half hour after ingesting foods and beverages. If the situation or location does not allow for brushing teeth after eating, try chewing on sugarless gum after eating the responsible teeth-staining agents.  It will also aid in removing any remaining acidic remnants.

5) Floss once daily to remove food debris and plaque from between teeth and brush at least two times each day to remove food particulate matter and surface stains which will avert yellowing.

6) Touch-up treatments done twice a year will prevent the progression of yellowing or teeth discoloration. Depending on tobacco usage, touch-ups may be needed more frequently.

Following these guidelines will provide you with those beautiful whiter teeth for years to come.