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Unfortunately, your teeth are not stain-proof. Even those with the best oral care routines and dental habits cannot always avoid stain-causing elements in their diets or their teeth’s enamel becoming thinner as they age, allowing the yellow dentin layer to show through. Luckily, teeth whitening coupled with avoiding known stain-causers can keep your teeth white and bright for years to come. Learn more about which foods may stain your smile with Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach, CA.
Foods That Stain Your Smile
- Coffee: Coffee’s dark color is well-known for causing teeth staining. Try drinking your morning cup of joe all at once rather than sipping it throughout the day. Additionally, try consuming your coffee before you brush your teeth during your morning routine.
- Tobacco Use: Tobacco use is notoriously bad for your overall health. However, the smoke from cigarettes or dark color of chewing tobacco can quickly take a toll on the color of your smile. Quitting smoking now can help you improve your general health, decrease your risk of cancer and keep your teeth white.
- Berries: Darkly-pigmented berries like blackberries or blueberries can cause staining on your teeth. Consider what happens when berry juice falls onto your clothing. Stains which are very hard to get out of clothing are often also very hard to get out of your teeth.
- Curry: Curry is a spice used in many foods which has a strong, vibrant natural color. However, this color can cause your teeth to become yellowed.
- Soda: Soda, especially darkly-colored sodas like cola, can cause a double whammy of damage to your teeth. The color of the soda stains the teeth while the acids and sugars in the soda cause tooth decay.
- Sweets: While sugary sweet foods may not actually stain your teeth, they can break down the enamel and feed bacteria on the teeth which eventually turn into tooth decay. Decay causes brown spots called cavities and can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss.
Teeth Whitening in Long Beach, CA
Luckily, your dentist can help you keep your teeth white and reverse any stain-related damage which has already been done with a professional teeth whitening session. To learn more about teeth whitening and what it can do for your smile, please contact Dr. DuRoss at his practice in Long Beach, CA. Call (562) 424-8537 to schedule your appointment for a teeth whitening session today!
Teeth are one of the first things people notice in business and social situations. If your smile could use a little work, it's hard not to feel a little self-conscious whether you're at a business meeting or out on the town. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry treatments offer an easy way to improve your smile. Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your Long Beach, CA dentist, shares information about a few common cosmetic treatments.
White teeth not only look better, but can also make you appear a few years younger. Over-the-counter whitening kits may lighten your smile, but you'll have to use the products for weeks to notice a difference. When you want a whiter smile without the wait, it pays to visit your dentist. He uses professional-strength whitening agents that are stronger than those you'll find drugstore kits. Whitening will only take about an hour, and best of all, you'll enjoy whiter teeth for several years.
Veneers hide minor issues that make you want to stop smiling. These wafer-thin porcelain shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth only. They're an excellent choice if you want to conceal a discolored tooth, hide a crack or chip, or cover small spaces between teeth. Veneers also offer an excellent option if you're looking for a more long-lasting way to whiten your teeth.
Do you have one tooth that looks like it doesn't belong in your mouth? Maybe it's extremely pointy or noticeably crooked, or perhaps it's just a little too short. Crowns are the perfect answer to your problem. These dental restorations encase your teeth completely and provide coverage on all four sides.
A missing tooth not only affects your appearance, but also makes it hard to chew. Bridges replace missing teeth by suspending an artificial tooth or two between two crowns.
After you lose a tooth, you might wish you could just pop a new tooth in that empty socket. Thanks to dental technology, you can. Implants replace your tooth roots and fuse to your jawbone. The transformation is complete when your dentist adds a crown to the top of the implant.
Cosmetic dentistry can change your smile and your life. Call Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your Long Beach, CA dentist at (562) 424-8537 to schedule an appointment to learn which cosmetic procedure is right for your dental issue.
It’s one of the classic dilemmas of modern life: how to look and feel as good as possible, without having to completely give up on all of the comforts and small pleasures that we have grown accustomed to and come to love. A few cups of coffee or tea throughout the day to stay sharp and alert at work, some red wine at dinner with the significant other or friends on a Saturday night.
While indulging in some of your favorite foods and drinks from time to time can be a healthy outlet for stress, as well as a means to stay connected to friends and loved ones, so long as they’re enjoyed in moderation, the bad news is that over time, they can also wreak havoc on your smile.
Red Carpet Worthy Teeth Whitening in Long Beach
Getting your teeth whitened with expert dentist in Long Beach Dr. Joseph Du Ross at Integrity Dentistry can help restore your smile, and help to repair the damage from:
- Enamel loss due to aging
- Diet (coffee, tea, wine, berries, soy sauce, and highly acidic foods)
- Certain medications
- Fluorosis (excessive fluorine intake)
- Traumatic tooth injury
If your smile has seen brighter, whiter days, Dr. Du Ross can make your smile shine as brightly as Angelina Jolie’s and Brad Pitt’s on Oscar night with a simple whitening procedure in his Long Beach office.
Benefits of a Brighter Smile
As one of the first things that people see when they look at your face, the color of your teeth can have a major impact on everything from overall confidence and self-esteem, to social and professional interactions. A whiter smile can help to impress a potential boss on a job interview, look great on a date, and take Hollywood ready head shots!
If you are interested in teeth whitening in Long Beach with Dr. Joseph Du Ross at Integrity Dentistry, please call today for a consultation.
If you're looking to improve the appearance of your smile, tooth whitening treatments — whether done at home or in our office — are a popular option. Here are the answers to some questions that many people ask before they begin the process.
Q: Are commonly used tooth-whitening methods safe?
A: Yes — provided they are used as directed. A large body of research has shown that using the correct concentration of peroxide — the bleach that whitens teeth — for the proper amount of time is not known to cause any major health problems. However, there have been cases where poor-quality bleaching solutions and/or excessive usage have caused deterioration of tooth enamel and extreme gum sensitivity. Always follow our office's recommendation.
Q: Does this mean I have to have in-office treatments to whiten my teeth?
A: No. But you should come in for a thorough dental examination, with x-rays, before you begin whitening treatments. Why? Because if there is trouble with the underlying tooth structure, then whitening the tooth is like painting over rusty metal: It hides the symptom, but doesn't fix the problem. Abscesses and root-canal problems are just two of the underlying causes of tooth discoloration that should be treated before teeth are whitened.
Q: What are some different methods for whitening teeth, and how long do they take?
A: The fastest is in-office whitening treatments, using a strong bleaching solution and appropriate gum protection. Next comes the cost-effective method of at-home bleaching with custom-made flexible plastic trays (sometimes called nightguard vital bleaching.) If you're not in a hurry, over-the-counter (OTC) products can do the same thing — given enough time. One study comparing different whitening treatments found that a six-shade improvement in whitening was accomplished by three in-office treatments. A week was needed for custom-tray bleach applications, or 16 daily applications of OTC products, to achieve comparable results.
Q: Can any tooth be made bright white?
A: No. Every tooth has a maximum level of whiteness, beyond which it can't get any lighter. Furthermore, fillings, crowns and other dental restorations can't be lightened with bleach — another reason to talk to our office; we can help you achieve the best possible look for your particular smile.
Q: How long will my white teeth last?
A: It depends. No whitening method is permanent, but the typical result lasts for up to two years. To preserve that bright smile, you can take some positive steps: Avoid tobacco and beverages that stain, like red wine, tea and coffee; keep up with regular cleanings in our office; and, practice good oral hygiene at home. You can also have a touch-up treatment once or twice a year.
If you need more information about tooth whitening, or you're ready to start the process, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”