I have been a coffee drinker for as long as I can remember. My parents introduced the habit when I was a teenager, and I can’t function in the morning without at least two cups (and preferably three or four). While I enjoy coffee, it is one of the primary causes of dark stains on teeth, something I started to notice in my late twenties or early thirties.
There are a lot of products on the market for teeth whitening and bleaching, and you can easily spend a small fortune trying to restore your teeth to their original color. Unfortunately, however, it is almost impossible to completely remove dark stains on teeth, so like me, you’ll probably have to settle for something a little shy of perfect.
Dental Office Teeth Whitening
By far the most effective method to remove dark stains on teeth is a visit to your dentist. He or she possesses teeth whitening chemicals that are far more potent than what you can buy on grocery store shelves, and the results will last much longer.
My dentist uses a chemical combination as well as a laser to remove dark stains from teeth. The process took about forty minutes in the office the first visit, in addition to two thirty-minute subsequent visits. The downside is that most dental insurance policies do not cover teeth whitening, according to WebMD.com. Mine sure didn’t.
Maintaining the Results
If you’re going to lay out a significant amount of cash to have your teeth whitened, the least you can do is invest a little money in maintenance so you don’t have that big bill again down the road. You might have to have your teeth whitened again in a few years, but you can delay the need for another session by using other teeth whitening products.
I use a teeth whitening mouthwash in addition to teeth whitening toothpaste. In combination, these products help to keep my teeth free of dark stains now that I’ve had the professional whitening process at the dental office.
Whitening Trays and Strips
Some people use the trays with gel or the whitening strips, but I have no patience for either. I know I won’t keep up with them, so I don’t even bother to waste my money. However, several family members have experienced luck with these products, so they are effective for some who need to remove dark stains on teeth.
If you are going to use trays or strips for teeth whitening purposes, make sure you check out the products with your dentist first. He or she can lend a professional opinion about the effectiveness at each and steer you in the right direction for your particular mouth.
Additionally, you will want to set up some type of routine to keep up with these methods to remove dark stains on teeth. Sporadic teeth whitening will probably not produce dramatic results, and you’ll waste a lot of money in the process. Follow the product directions to the letter and ask your dentist if you have questions or concerns.