I've already mentioned some of the substances that contribute to staining or dulling of enamel, such as coffee and tea. There are more contributors to this problem. Some other factors that cause staining to the teeth include, tobacco use, caffeinated sodas, injury to the tooth, discoloration related to the antibiotic Tetracycline and aging.
Stains on your teeth can happen due to a variety of lifestyle and health conditions. Some of the most common causes for staining of teeth are excessive intake of tea, coffee, tobacco products, cola, red wine and some other medical conditions.
Teeth whitening bleach treatment is a recommended way to treat stained teeth. In this procedure, dentists use bleach that contains peroxide which is used in titration depending on the condition of your teeth stains. This is done in the dentist's office and generally takes two-three sessions.
Regular check-ups with your dentist and daily flossing and brushing with a non-abrasive tooth paste and a SOFT bristled brush will ensure that you keep your teeth whiter longer and that you will keep yours longer too.
Minocycline used for the treatment of acne, is another medication that can cause discolouration of the teeth. Long term use of minocycline causes teeth to turn green/grey or blue/grey which rarely corrects itself even after stopping the medication.
The mouthwash brands which contain chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride are known to cause stains on teeth. So if you want to keep your pearly whites their brightest, just remember to practice good dental hygiene. If you know that you will be consuming food staining foods or drinks, simply make sure that you have a toothbrush handy.
The dye in popsicles that stains your tongue and lips will also stain your teeth. Make sure to have a glass of water afterwards.
It's important to shield the soft tissue of your gums with a rubber or latex dam. Simple slit holes in it for each tooth so that only the teeth you want to whiten are exposed. Also, find out if your solution is pH balanced. You want to make sure it is not too acidic. It may begin to break down the enamel on your teeth.
Of course, a person's starting tooth color is also a factor in determining how easily the teeth can be whitened. Everyone has a natural tooth color that can be a yellow-brownish color or even a greenish-grey color. Over time, these colors will become more intense. Still, with teeth whitening techniques, it is possible to remove these natural colors as well.
Crest White Strips work for the vast majority of people. Younger people with yellow stains seem to respond better than older people or those with gray stains. White Strips don't work as fast as a dentist-made custom tray bleaching, (or in-office bleaching) but over time, you will get a result that will be close to that of a dentist, and you will save money too