Many factors can contribute to the discoloration or staining of your teeth. While age, genetics, lifestyle choices, and certain medications play a role in diminishing your smile, there are definitely certain foods and beverages that also contribute such as:
- Coffee and dark tea
- Soy sauce and curries
- Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
- Tomatoes or marinara sauce
- Red wine
Limiting your consumption of these culprits, or brushing shortly after eating or drinking them will also help keep your whiter and brighter.
Lifestyle choices such as smoking or tobacco use contribute to staining and discoloration. Tobacco leaves a yellowish brown film on your teeth that is difficult for even professional whitening products to remove. Quitting use of these products will not only brighten your smile, but it will also improve your overall health and well being.
Certain medications such as tetracycline can also leave unsightly stains on your teeth. Talk with Dr. Clarke about your options for dealing with tetracycline stains. Some teeth whitening products or other treatments such as cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers can often help with this type of staining.
Contact Laser Dentistry today to learn more about your options for achieving a whiter, brighter smile!