Your teeth will stain over time; this is a simple and unavoidable fact. Of course, with the right care, it can take a long time before it becomes noticeable. You might be wondering, what can I do once I notice the stains?. There are several methods out there, and today we are going to talk a little about what you can expect from each.
Over the counter anti-stain mouthwash and toothpaste
Anti-stain products come in all shape and sizes, from toothpaste to special mouthwash. These products usually contain a very mild abrasive that deals with superficial stains, such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxyde. As such, they are better used as a preventive measure against stains. Such products will only whiten your teeth by one shade, as such, their effectiveness is rather lackbuster, but, on the plus side, there is basically no side-effects to be afraid of and they can be used as part of your daily routine.
These over the counter products are specially designed to whiten your smile; you usually place them on top of your teeth for 30 to 45 minutes for a few days; the final result is more noticeable than other non-professional solutions; the overall duration of the whitening averages to 4 months. While a little more bothersome than a toothpaste, the results tends to be better and longer lasting.
In-office anti-stain methods
Of course, no method beats a good old in-office treatment. Your dentist works with stronger bleaching agents which will show greater results in lesser time. If an over-the counter method improves your smile by one or two shades, you can expect a in-office procedure to improve it by four to eight shades.
A stronger bleaching agent means that you need to be extra careful after the procedure. After a whitening procedure you should avoid beats, chocolate, coffee, cigarettes, carrots, or snacks which may stain your teeth; at least for the first 72 hours, while the chemicals do their job.
You may also experience sensitivity; as such, you should avoid very cold or very hot foods for the first few days. And if the sensitivity persists after 72 hours you should contacts your dentist immediately.
In conclusion, the best way to preserve the whiteness of your smile and to prevent stains is to avoid colored foods, brush daily, use over-the-counter whitening products to protect your smile, and when they eventually stain, ask for an appointment with your trusty dentist.