A bright, white smile speaks volumes about you. If you've recently had your teeth whitened by Dr. Kyle Whitson, your cosmetic dentistry specialist at Concord Dental Group, you probably want the latest information on how you can keep your teeth looking great. Read on to learn how teeth become discolored and how you can maintain your newly whitened smile!
How teeth become stained
There are two types of stains that affect the teeth: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains are due to problems within the teeth; damage to the dentin from injury or as a side effect of certain medications, for example. These stains typically present as a gray or even purple color and require cosmetic dentistry procedures like bonding or veneers to remedy. More commonly, our patients are affected by extrinsic dental staining, which are often due to particles of foods and drinks that collect on the surface of the enamel. Curry, tomato-based sauces, fruit juices, wine, tea, and coffee are all common culprits. Tobacco use can also lead to discolored enamel, particularly on the teeth that come into direct contact with the cigarette or "dip." For the majority of people with extrinsic staining, a professional whitening treatment at Concord Dental Group can make a huge difference in the appearance of their teeth.
How to keep teeth your teeth white
It's not unusual for the results of a professional whitening session to last as long as a year. However, it's important to follow Dr. Whitson’s recommendations in order to maximize those results. Ideally, you should make every attempt to avoid the substances that can lead to more stains. If you can't imagine giving up your coffee or your meals often include curry or tomato sauce, make sure that you brush your teeth after enjoying these foods and beverages. At the very least, a drink of water or milk afterwards can help to neutralize the acids within these foods and keep some particles from colonizing in the enamel until you can brush properly. Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes can also help to keep your smile bright.
Concord Dental Group is committed to helping their patients achieve attractive and healthy smiles. Contact us at (314) 842-2038 to make an appointment with your cosmetic dentistry specialist, Dr. Kyle Whitson.