Teeth whitening can transform your smile into one you truly love. Unfortunately, this procedure is not permanent. You can, however, take some extra steps to keep your smile as white as possible. Learn more about keeping your teeth bright and beautiful with Dr. Terry Linneman at Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS.
What causes stains to form on my teeth?
Two types of stains form on your teeth: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic staining occurs on the outer enamel layer of the teeth and mostly comes from outside sources such as darkly-pigmented foods, drinking coffee or tea, or the smoke from tobacco. Intrinsic staining occurs on the tooth’s inner dentin layer. This type of stain usually occurs due to situations such as trauma to the tooth, too much fluoride or taking certain medications. Additionally, the tooth’s enamel may wear thin over time, allow the yellow-colored dentin layer to show through it. This can cause a yellowed appearance to the tooth.
How can I keep my teeth white between whitening sessions in Prairie Village?
Keeping your teeth white is as easy as staying away from the things which cause stains to form. However, there are some precautions you can take if you simply cannot put the coffee down or do not wish to end your tobacco habit. If you do want to enjoy a known stain-causer, try limiting the time it is in your mouth. For example, instead of sipping your coffee throughout the day, drink it all at once to limit the time the stain-causing liquid is in contact with your teeth. Additionally, try eating darkly-pigmented foods like berries with a meal rather than on their own.
For more information on keeping your teeth white and healthy, please contact Dr. Linneman at Prairie Village Dental Care in Prairie Village, KS. Call (913) 649-7500 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Linneman today!