What's Staining My Teeth?

What's Staining My Teeth?

Even if you practice good oral care, your teeth might get discolored over time. Cosmetic and family dentist Dr. Nataly Vilderman, DDS, offers in-office teeth whitening as a way to brighten not only your smile but your overall face appearance to help address this common problem.

Dr. Vilderman and her staff provide professional teeth whitening that can be done at home under the supervision of a dentist or in the dentist's chair. Dr. Vilderman works hard to make the teeth whitening treatment as painless and safe as possible, while also ensuring you get the natural-looking results you want. 

You can expect noticeable whitening when you use our professional teeth whitening choices. Keep reading to learn what may be staining your teeth and what you can do about it. 

What causes dental stains?

Teeth lose their white sheen and develop discoloration, stains, and a duller appearance over time. This occurs for a variety of reasons, some of which are beyond your control, such as aging and your specific genetic predisposition.

However, your daily habits do play a role in issues such as staining. The following habits can all lead to dental stains

Certain foods and beverages

What you eat and drink has an effect on the color of your teeth. Certain beverages and meals can stain your pearly whites.

Some of the most common offenders are:

Eating a diet rich in added sugar also impacts dental health and can cause teeth to appear yellow over time.

Smoking and chewing tobacco

Both smoking and chewing tobacco can cause tooth stains. Regular smokers and consumers of tobacco products are much more likely to have stained teeth than nonsmokers.

Improper oral hygiene

Not practicing good dental care at home, such as brushing twice daily and flossing daily, increases the risk of dental stains. Dental stains can also develop if you neglect routine dental cleanings. Visiting your dentist twice a year helps to prevent dental problems from arising.

Addressing tooth discoloration

If your teeth are stained or discolored, implementing lifestyle adjustments won’t solve the problem. Our dentists, fortunately, can improve the appearance of your teeth with a simple professional teeth whitening process.

Dr. Vilderman offers in-office treatment that whitens teeth in a single session for a brighter smile. After preparing and protecting your teeth and gums, Dr. Vilderman covers your teeth with a hydrogen peroxide-based gel and uses a laser to activate hydrogen peroxide and remove stains in the enamel and dentin. 

To safely whiten your teeth, these teeth whitening solutions employ a bleaching ingredient. It’s normal to experience minimal sensitivity to these chemicals for a few days.

This in-office treatment takes 45-60 minutes and can whiten your teeth by up to 10 shades. 

Following the completion of your teeth whitening, proper lifestyle practices will help you retain the effects. This means you can get teeth whitening procedures less regularly while still enjoying a sparkling, bright smile.

For the best results, limit or avoid staining foods and drinks, smoking, and chewing tobacco. 

Many people agree that stained teeth can get in the way of making a good impression. When you’re ready to brighten your smile, consider professional in-office teeth whitening. 

To learn more we invite you to call our San Francisco, California office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Vilderman today. 

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