If your teeth are not as white as they used to be, you likely have questions regarding the causes of tooth stains and how to prevent this from happening. 

Our Dentists here in Tavistock have created a guide to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding teeth staining:

What causes tooth staining?

There are many causes for tooth discoloration, including food, drinks, smoking and even aging. 

What foods stain teeth?

Foods that are bright or bold in colour are known to stain teeth, and examples include berries, red pasta sauces and curries. 

What drinks stain teeth?

Similar to foods, drinks with bold colours will cause teeth staining, and examples include red wine, coffee, teas and sodas. Daily consumption of these beverages can stain teeth and darken your smile. 

How can I prevent my teeth from staining?

Avoiding certain foods and beverages will help in this regard, as will quitting smoking if that applies. Make sure you maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine and brush and floss twice daily. Additionally, you must visit your dentist twice a year (unless otherwise stated by your dentist) for professional cleanings and routine checkups. 

Can braces stain my teeth?

Some patients may notice mild stains once their braces are removed, but this is not the result of the braces and happens because of the way the patient took care of their teeth while the braces were on. 

How do I know if teeth whitening is necessary?

If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth and want them to be whiter, talk to your Tavistock dentist and ask for their professional recommendation. They will tell you whether or not they would advise you to proceed with whitening treatments and will factor in the condition of your teeth and the cause of the stains when providing you with an answer.

Are teeth whitening results permanent?

No, the results are not permanent, and you will likely need additional future treatments.

When is the best time to whiten my teeth?

For the treatment to work, your teeth must be free from decay, and it is recommended that you start teeth whitening treatments after teeth cleaning. 

What are the side effects of this treatment?

Some people may experience sensitivity in their teeth after treatment. Over or misusing whitening products can also damage enamel and cause permanent discoloration, which is why tooth whitening treatments should only be completed by dentists. 

Can all types of tooth stains be reversed?

The answer will depend on the type of stain, and there are three categories: surface stains, under-the-surface stains and age-related stains. All three can benefit from teeth whitening treatments. 

If you have additional questions, our dentists at Tavistock Family Dentistry will be more than happy to provide answers. Whether you need an emergency dentist, dental implants or are searching for a dentist near me, we are ready to help, and you can contact us at any time to schedule an appointment! Email us today at [email protected].