It is well documented that us Americans love our coffee. In fact, recent statistics show that while we still fall behind our European friends in terms of our coffee consumption, we still consume an average of 400 million cups of coffee per day. While this may be great for keeping us awake and productive and enjoying life, it isn’t such good news for our teeth.
Coffee contains a chemical compound known as tannins. These are naturally-occurring organic substances that are dark in color and can also be found in many other plants and fruits including red wine, tea leaves and grapes. When you drink or eat anything containing tannins, the pigments from the tannins can become trapped in the microscopic pits and ridges on your teeth. If teeth aren’t cleaned fairly promptly and effectively, tannins can build up on the tooth enamel, causing yellowish-brown staining and discoloration.
Unfortunately, we live during a time where there is greater pressure to conform to certain standards of appearance than ever before. This pressure isn’t just based around body size either. A great, healthy and white smile is considered to be an incredibly desirable asset and regrettably, teeth that are yellowed are deemed unattractive. For this reason, teeth whitening is the single most commonly requested cosmetic dental procedure in the world. The good news is that teeth whitening can be highly successful in transforming coffee-stained teeth.
Teeth whitening is a treatment that involves using products containing bleaching agents to lift stains and discoloration and lighten teeth.
Recognizing the desirability of whiter, brighter teeth, dental manufacturers everywhere have come up with countless different products that they claim can whiten our teeth. These range from toothpaste and mouthwashes to pastes that you apply and then harden with a special light. All of these are available in stores or online, making them very accessible. However, their results are often mediocre and temporary. Only low-grade bleaches are approved to be sold over the counter, and at-home application yourself can be messy and inconsistent. Products like toothpaste contain such low levels of bleach it can take months of continual use to see any difference at all, and this must be maintained to preserve the lackluster results. Fortunately, there is an alternative – in-office, professional teeth whitening.
As the name suggests, in-office teeth whitening is performed by a professional dentist in the comfort of their offices. There are a number of benefits to this:
A higher grade of bleach can be used which gives significantly better results
The application is by a professional with better access to your teeth, therefore the results are more consistent across your smile
Your dentist can ensure that no bleaching agent gets on to your gums which could cause soreness or irritation
Your dentist will give your teeth a thorough, professional clean beforehand which will ensure that you get the best results from your treatment
Generally, fewer whitening sessions are needed to obtain the desired result
Exactly how many sessions of whitening you will need will depend on the improvement that you wish to make, and you can discuss this with your dentist when you attend your consultation.
If you have coffee-stained teeth that are causing you to feel self-conscious about your teeth, professional teeth whitening can transform your appearance and give you the smile that you have been dreaming of. Contact our offices today to find out more about this procedure, or to schedule your confidential consultation.