Every bite you take, every drink you take, every smoke you have, you’re slowly damaging your teeth. Beside the obvious wear and tear, the slow damage that you’re doing to your enamel just by using your teeth for the purposes they were intended to, you’re also slowly staining them with every bite you take and every sip of a delicious beverage (unless you live entirely on a bland diet of things like bread, rice, potatoes, and water, but let’s face it, that sounds like a fate worse than death), it’s slowly changing the color of your teeth.
A lot of people don’t think about it when they’re eating or drinking, but there’s a lot of color to the foods we get to consume today. Green food tends to wash out of the teeth fairly easily, just because it’s mostly plant matter, which tends to be manipulated easily by water in general. However, some fruits and berries, in particular the berries, tend to stain the teeth more than other things. For example, if you eat a lot of raspberries (or drink a lot of wine, for all of those who fancy themselves to be fans of fine wines), you’re going to slowly be staining your teeth various colors; raspberries will stain your teeth pink, if you consume them in large quantities over the long-term, and blueberries, if consumed in the same manner, will slowly turn your teeth a light tinge of blue. Then there are things like coffee and the ever-present sodas that we all love, which are slowly going to turn your teeth yellowish or brown. That caramel coloring that is in almost every soda that looks dark brown? It will, over time, given the opportunity, stain your teeth that same color. You can fight back against the tide with a good, and regular, dental health care regimen, but that only goes so far against the influence of the things you’re consuming every day.
Then there’s smoking. Smoking has no positive benefits to it; this isn’t a matter of opinion, this is a scientific fact, and I say it as a person who used to smoke quite regularly. There are few things that can damage your body in its entirety more than smoking cigarettes regularly, and the damage they cause, in general, to the body, can take years upon years to repair, if you repair it at all. In no part of your body, however, is the damage that is caused by cigarettes more obvious than in the yellowing or browning of the teeth, which shows the symptoms clearly to the world. There is only one way to treat the staining of the teeth, and it’ll require a trip to your local cosmetic dentist’s office for a teeth whitening.
To find a teeth whitening dentist isn’t a really difficult process. If you’re looking for local cosmetic dentists in your area, you can simply use the American Dental Association’s website, which lists dentistry offices near you; call the ones nearest you, make sure they offer the service, and find the one you want to go to.
When you set up an appointment to get your teeth whitened, it’ll go down something like this. You’ll go in, take a seat in that lovely dental chair (maybe I’m the only one, but I’ve found few chairs I can fall asleep in as comfortably as those. Call me crazy), and they’ll open and dry your mouth a bit. Then they’ll apply a gel to your gums and other fleshy parts of your mouth in order to protect them from the ‘bleaching’ agent (which, just so you’re aware, doesn’t contain bleach, as you think of it, so don’t be alarmed!). Afterwards, they apply the bleaching agent to the teeth. This agent is either going to be a solution of hydrogen peroxide, or a peroxide solution that, when put in contact with the natural moisture of the teeth and mouth, will form hydrogen peroxide. This solution is left on the teeth for around an hour, and then removed, followed by the removal of the protective gel, and then you’re done. Unless, of course, you’ve an especially bad case of discoloration, in which case you may need another return visit (or multiple, if you’re really bad off, like many habitual smokers).
So, if you’re less than satisfied with the way your teeth are colored after years of use, consider going to your local office of cosmetic dentistry for smile correction and getting a teeth whitening treatment. You’ll be glad you did when your teeth are restored to their ‘natural’ beauty.