Your smile is one of your most prominent features, so of course you want it to look nice. If you are a daily coffee drinker, you may notice that your pearly whites are no longer as bright. Coffee is not the only culprit of this. Other popular beverages like tea and soda, and even some foods, can cause discoloration to your enamel. If you want to erase these stains, Riverside Dental Group in California offers at-home or in-office teeth whitening treatments.
How Your Diet Affects Your Smile
As mentioned above, some of your favorite foods and drinks may be the cause of your yellowed teeth. This is due to the tannins found in these beverages. Tannins are the compound that makes these drinks dark in color. To avoid discoloration, you can reduce your consumption of these or remember to rinse after drinking and eating them. Drinking through a straw may help minimize the amount, but it will not help avoid it completely.
Your diet may also affect your dental health. Eating large amounts of carbohydrates, sugar, or high-acidity foods may cause more frequent cavities. To keep your smile healthy and bright, try to balance out your diet with fruits, vegetables, and lean meat.
Choosing Between An In-Office Or At-Home Service
We know that it can be hard to find extra time to see the dentist for cosmetic treatments, which is why we offer two options for whitening. If you choose to do this in our office, the appointment may last up to two hours. We will apply a tooth-safe bleaching agent to remove the discoloration. The area may feel sensitive following the appointment but should go away within a few days.
You can also achieve the same results at home. We will create a custom kit for your needs. You will apply the trays and gel to your teeth every day for about two weeks. After this, you can enjoy your new, vibrant smile.
Fixing Intrinsic Staining
If your discoloration is below the enamel, a brightening service may not work for you. Instead, a cosmetic enhancement such as bonding may be more suitable. This involves adding composite resin to the area to hide blemishes. Internal stains may be due to overuse of fluoride, injury, or genetics.
Brighten Your Smile Today
To schedule a professional whitening treatment, or other cosmetic service, call your closest Riverside Dental Group location.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.