Coffee Stained Teeth and How to Fix Them

There was a time when coffee lovers had to either accept coffee stained teeth or give up the beverage. Now, thanks to tooth whitening products, you no longer have to choose between enjoying your favorite morning beverage and maintaining a bright smile. Reducing your coffee consumption will, however, help maintain whiteness after using a whitener. You can pick up tooth whitening products over-the-counter at your local pharmacy, grocery store or visit your dentist for a professional tooth whitening treatment.

Coffee Stains on Teeth

While some yellowing and discoloration of teeth comes from the natural aging process, the acid in coffee also affects tooth enamel and stains teeth. Have you tried a whitening product only to have the yellowing return quickly? It could be due to drinking coffee too soon after using it. According to the American Dental Association, you should avoid stain causing beverages, including coffee, for several days after using a whitening product to keep the staining from returning quickly.

Tooth Whiteners

If you decide to try an over-the-counter whitening product, your choices include whitening toothpastes and bleaching whiteners. Whitening toothpastes polish teeth and remove stains without bleaching, though some contain enzymes that help to remove stains on the surface of teeth. Bleaching whiteners are available either over-the-counter or from your dentist; these coat teeth to dissolve stains, and, while very effective, can cause tooth sensitivity, so it's important to follow the directions provided on the package.

Whitening coffee stained teeth can help you have a healthy looking smile, but the discoloration can return under certain circumstances. You should always consult your dentist for help in choosing the best whitening products for your teeth.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Tips to Prevent Tooth Discoloration After TEETH WHITENING

Once you’ve completed a whitening treatment, there are a few steps you can take to maintain your whiter smile.

  • Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages – coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, hard candy, berries and tomato sauce are all foods that can cause tooth discoloration.
  • Use a straw – when drinking beverages, use a straw to keep stain-causing dyes away from your teeth.
  • Quit smoking – smoking tobacco can cause teeth to become discolored. Eliminating tobacco can help keep your teeth bright.