Diet plays a huge role in the color and appearance of the teeth. The enamel of the teeth is porous and therefore vulnerable to staining. Brightly or darkly colored foods and beverages can be absorbed by the teeth; once the stains become embedded in the tooth enamel, they can be difficult to get out. In addition to colored foods, acidic foods and beverages are also risky. The acid wears away at tooth enamel, making the teeth more vulnerable to stains.
If you want to maintain a bright white smile, this post is for you. In it, Dr. Bruce Bosler of Bosler Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Vacaville reveals the most common teeth-staining foods and beverages to avoid. He also shares a tried-and-true solution to lift existing teeth stains and discolorations and create a more beautiful smile.
Eating a diet high in the following foods and beverages is likely to discolor the teeth:
- Red and white wine
- Sports drinks (e.g., Gatorade)
- Sugary snacks
- Black tea
Limiting your intake of these foods and beverages is beneficial for the appearance of your teeth (and in some cases, the health of your teeth, too). Swap out these offenders for foods and beverages that are more teeth-friendly, like apples, pears, spinach and cruciferous vegetables.
How to Eradicate Existing Stains
If your teeth are already stained or discolored, Dr. Bosler can help. Professional teeth whitening with the Zoom! system can transform a dull or dingy smile, lifting stains and correcting discoloration. Dr. Bosler can lighten the teeth an average of 8 shades in a single appointment. He can also control the treatment to minimize any tooth sensitivity to the bleaching gel.
During a Zoom! appointment, Dr. Bosler applies the bleaching gel to the teeth and activates it with a specially designed light. The combination of gel and light breaks up and eliminates teeth stains and discoloration. After 15 minutes, Dr. Bosler removes the gel. He repeats the process three to four times until the teeth are noticeably lighter and brighter. After treatment, take-home whitening trays are provided to use for periodic touch-ups.
Learn More about Teeth Whitening
To learn more about professional teeth whitening with Dr. Bosler, please contact our practice today by calling (707) 392-1019 or sending us an email.