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It’s not uncommon for the natural process of aging to dull the luster of the teeth in your smile. Overtime, things like tobacco use, dark food and drinks can also cause deep stains. Identifying the underlying cause of the stains and just how deeply stained your teeth are, will determine the best whitening products or procedures required to restore your white youthful smile.

Make sure you talk to your dentist before starting any whitening routine. They are trained to help you understand the products and procedures that will best improve your smile and long term oral health.

There are some foods such as chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark skinned berries that have a high concentration of stain causing compounds. With regular maintenance from whitening toothpaste or whitening strips, you can mitigate these stains. However, I think you will find that teeth with moderate food stains will require whitening products with stronger concentration of whitening agents.

Dark beverages, such as coffee, tea, green tea and most soft drinks are just as likely to stain tooth enamel. If you want to enjoy these beverages on a regular basis you might want to consider drinking them through a straw.

Regular tobacco use deeply stains tooth enamel. These kinds of stains tend to be too deep for retail level whitening products to resolve. You will most likely need to have your dentist perform a dental tooth bleaching procedure to restore your smile. If you use tobacco on a regular basis, you should consider talking to your physician about a cessation program.

If you would like to explore your whitening options, please feel free to call us at 703-865-8371 to schedule an appointment.