Most of us love to wake up and smell the coffee, or the tea. It’s what gets us off to work, and through long hours. Coffee catch ups are also a great way to spend a little time with friends.
But coffee and tea can stain your teeth. Badly, in some cases. If you are having problems with stained teeth, is it time to give up the caffeine habit? Which one is worst, tea or coffee?
The trouble with tannins
There’s no easy choice here – both tea and coffee can stain your teeth. Black tea can be worse than coffee. It’s not the caffeine doing the damage, it’s the tannins in both.
But you can reduce the problem. The obvious way is to drink less tea and coffee. Some coffee substitutes and some herbal teas don’t have tannins, but you need to check. But decaffeinated coffee doesn’t mean there are no tannins.
If you can’t lose your coffee/tea habit, try to clean your teeth during the day or at least rinse your mouth with water after your hot drink.
But if the damage has been done, your National Dental Care dentist will discuss the ways you can brighten your smile.
Teeth-whitening for a brighter smile
Teeth whitening removes stains from your natural teeth. It can also make you look younger, as natural teeth darken with age. However, only your original teeth can be whitened. If you’ve had crowns, implants or veneers fitted they cannot be bleached any lighter than they were made.
Your National Dental Care practitioner will assess your teeth and explain how they can be lightened. If you’re suitable for teeth whitening, you can choose to have it done in the surgery or do it yourself at home, using a specially-prepared tray.
Other ways of making teeth whiter
If you’ve already had various restoration work with artificial teeth and crowns, they won’t change colour. If they were originally light and it’s your natural teeth which are now stained darker, you can have your teeth whitened to match your restorations.
However, if you want an all-over lighter shade than your current combination, you will need to discuss how light your teeth can become and which fillings, veneers and crowns may show and need to be remade to match.
Your National Dental Care dentist has many ways of improving your smile. Make an appointment online now and you can plan how to remove those stains and have your brightest smile back again.