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The Best Home Teeth Whitener for Coffee Lovers
If you enjoy sipping hot coffee in the morning, then you may have yellow or brownish stains on your teeth, and you may have considered a home whitening treatment. There are plenty of at-home whitening treatments available; you don't have to give up your morning cup of coffee to have a beautiful smile.
At-Home Bleaching for Tough Stains
Regular checkups are a great way to prevent the tooth discoloration that some coffee drinkers experience; even after a professional cleaning stains may come back due to the foods you eat or they may be intrinsic stains which affect the color of your teeth. If intrinsic stain is bothering you, then you can talk to your dentist about at-home bleaching. With this procedure, a whitening product is applied to your teeth using a plastic mouthpiece that your dentist custom-fits to your teeth. You may have to wear the mouthpiece for two or more hours every day for two weeks as per the instructions on the tooth whitening package, but this home treatment can make a noticeable difference.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whiteners for Minor Stains
Teeth whitening products that you can purchase over-the-counter work well and you can consider at-home bleaching system recommended by your dentist. Still, they may be a good fit for some coffee drinkers. If your discoloration responds well to regular cleanings, then you can talk to your dentist about which products (whitening toothpastes and toothbrushes) might work well to routinely fight coffee stains. Products like white strips and whitening mouthwashes expose your teeth to lower concentrations of bleaching ingredients than a gel that your dentist would provide, and the results are milder. You can use them at home on your own for regular whitening. To prevent irritation or sensitivity, be sure to follow the instructions correctly and don't overuse any whitening products.
Whitening Toothpaste to Maintain a White Smile
A whitening toothpaste will help in removing coffee stains that may have recently developed and they help for maintaining a beautiful, bright smile. Colgate Optic White, for example, helps to remove stains with mild abrasives and removes lighter stains with hydrogen peroxide. It also offers cavity protection and helps to keep your breath fresh.
Using home teeth whitening products, can help you to keep your smile white so you can enjoy your coffee guilt-free. Whitening products can assist, however; even with proper use of a home bleaching system from your dentist, you will need to take extra care of your teeth to stop new coffee stains from developing. Brush twice a day and floss regularly. You can also rinse with water and then brush after enjoying your morning cup. Finally, see your dentist for regular cleanings to get rid of external stains as well as any plaque buildup.
Learn more about teeth whiteners in the Colgate Oral Care resources.