Your tooth enamel is made up of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. At the same time, certain compounds can stick to your teeth and over time cause stains. Stains on the teeth in your smile can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile and wanting to explore your whitening options.
However, if you don’t find and address the underlying source of the stains, then even the best whitening regimen will only yield temporary results.
Foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries can have an acidic nature or staining compounds that can cause surface stains, which can deepen over time. Using a whitening toothpaste as part of your oral hygiene routine can reduce surface stains caused by these foods between dental cleanings.
Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, green tea, and soft drinks on a regular basis, can also cause significant stains. Just like foods that are prone to staining, a whitening toothpaste will help reduce surface stains before they can deepen. At the same time, you might also want to drink these beverages through a straw.
Regular tobacco use can cause deep stains in tooth enamel. Stains this deep usually require strong measure to brighten, and will quickly return if you continue using tobacco. To really whiten deeply stained teeth, you might need the dental tooth bleaching procedure offered by Dr. Watkins.
If you would like to explore your whitening options, please feel free to call us here at W Dental Group at 210-526-0925 in San Antonio, Texas, to schedule an appointment.