Whether you call it brain juice, brew, cupped lightening, morning thunder, or plain old java, if you are a coffee drinker, you aren't alone. About 54 percent of American adults rely on coffee every day. On average they consume 3.1 cups daily and spend about $165 a year on coffee. For many of us, it starts the day and keeps the brain going. It is also a primary cause of dingy dentition. Dr. Don Jones and his hygiene team at Social Circle Dental help patients throughout the Monroe area enjoy their Joe and still have bright smiles, with professional teeth whitening.
Why Coffee Stains Teeth
Coffee actually contributes to tooth discoloration in two ways. First and most obvious is coffee's dark pigment. Coffee beans are the seeds of an evergreen shrub. The bushes bear red fruit called coffee cherries. It is picked and processed, leaving only a light tan parchment covering on the seeds. The parchment layer is hulled, revealing brown coffee beans. Depending on the roasting process, beans may turn almost back in color. When the beans are ground and steeped in hot water, dark pigmentation is released along with a tantalizing aroma and flavor.
While it isn't apparent, tooth enamel is porous. Particles of dark pigment from coffee settle into microscopic pits and grooves in enamel. Stains become especially obvious between teeth, where they are tougher to remove with brushing and where tooth contours cast natural shadows.
The second way coffee stains teeth is through acidity. The acids in coffee contribute to enamel erosion, which exposes the yellowish layer of dentin underneath. Basically the same pigments and acids are present in all coffee beverages, so it doesn't significantly reduce risk of staining if you add cream.
Professional Whitening to the Coffee Drinker's Rescue!
Abrasive "whitening" toothpastes scrape off some of the surface stains, but they also scratch enamel, creating more grooves to trap coffee pigment and eventually adding to the problem.
Dr. Jones recommends whitening with professional strength peroxide gel in custom-made trays that fit comfortably. Dr. Jones customizes the whitening formula to your needs. You wear the trays for an hour or two a day, while the whitening agent loosens and lifts even deep stains from tooth enamel. The process is gradual, to minimize risk of sensitivity and maximize safety. You begin to see a brighter smile after just a few applications, and full results in about two weeks. With good home hygiene, your bright smile can easily last a year or more.
Professional teeth whitening lets you enjoy your go juice and a gorgeous smile. Call Social Circle Dental today at 770-464-1900 to get started.
Teeth whitening treatment can do more than brighten your smile. It can boost your confidence and rejuvenate your appearance. When self-esteem increases, we are generally happier and more likely to smile. Dr. Jones, a respected dentist in Social Circle, understands the importance of a healthy and beautiful grin. He views cosmetic treatments as healthy enhancements to the lifestyles of patients in Covington and surrounding areas.
Providing Gentle, Effective Teeth Whitening Treatment
There are multiple ways to attain a bright smile. From whitening toothpastes to gel strips, the drug store shelves are full of options. However, the most effective method has proven to be a professional whitening treatment. Many dentists offer power bleaching and laser whitening treatments. Patients can walk away with a brighter smile within an hour, but there can be an increased risk of sensitivity to super-strength chemicals. Therefore, Dr. Jones provides a convenient, affordable, yet effective at-home whitening program. He is mindful of patient sensitivity to chemicals and provides a variety of bleaching gel options to ensure a comfortable tooth whitening experience.
For treatment, we will take impressions of your dental arches, which will be used to create customize whitening trays. This can ensure the whitening gel remains in the trays and is less likely to affect your gums while whitening your teeth at home. Wear the trays daily for maximum results. After treatment, you can embrace a smile up to eight shades brighter.
Benefits of a Beautiful, Bright Smile
Studies show the smile is one of the first features people notice about each other. Therefore, it is no surprise that teeth whitening is one the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry, and in our office. Patients who have sparkling white teeth are more likely to keep them clean and bright with proper oral hygiene habits.
Is it time to attain a smile and confidence that sparkles and shines? Do you long for a Hollywood smile? Dr. Jones understands the importance of looking and feeling beautiful. He will be happy to meet with you to discuss your options. Schedule a consultation with him by calling 770-464-1900 today.
Social Circle Dental is a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures, while focusing on your overall health and well-being.