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Kauffman Orthodontics | New Braunfels, TX

Tooth whitening in New Braunfels

Tooth whitening is a powerful tool when it comes to feeling good about your smile. Whether you’re getting ready to take special pictures or preparing for when you finish up your braces treatment, teeth whitening in New Braunfels can give you that last confidence boost you need to finally love your smile. Call Kauffman Orthodontics today at (830) 730-4440 to schedule your appointment!

What causes tooth discoloration?

As we age, our teeth naturally lose some of their pearly whiteness. As normal wear and tear thins the enamel, the yellow dentin beneath starts to show through. However, this is not the only reason your teeth can become discolored. Some common reasons for tooth discoloration and staining are:

  • Heavily-pigmented foods and drinks: Things like coffee, red wine, and dark berries can all stain your teeth.
  • Medication: Antibiotics, chemotherapy, and antihistamines are just a few of the medications that can contribute to tooth discoloration.
  • Genetics: Certain genetic conditions can cause your enamel to develop improperly. Additionally, some people have naturally more robust enamel layers. The strength of your enamel from the beginning will determine the wear it takes to expose the darker dentin beneath.
  • Tobacco: The nicotine and tar in tobacco products can actually seep into the pores on your teeth. This means that tobacco stains are a deep stain that your average OTC whitening product will struggle with.
  • Hygiene habits: Good hygiene habits remove the plaque, excess food, and pigments from your teeth to prevent staining. Just as good hygiene can prevent discoloration and staining, poor hygiene habits can contribute to staining and discoloration.

Talk to Dr. Kauffman about your concerns with the color of your teeth to help him determine the best and most effective whitening option for you.

How to prevent tooth discoloration and staining?

Once you’ve had your teeth whitened, you’ll want to do whatever you can to keep them white.

  • Commit to a great oral hygiene regimen: The best way to avoid discoloration and staining is to be diligent about prevention. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss once a day. This will help keep the plaque and pigments off your teeth, keeping your smile vibrant and healthy.
  • Avoid staining food & drinks: It’s pretty impracticable to avoid staining foods and beverages entirely, but there are ways that you can diminish the staining potential of the foods and drinks. Brush your teeth or rinse with water after consuming these things to minimize the pigment that is left sitting on your teeth.
  • Quit using tobacco products: Tobacco products are very addictive, and stopping their use to keep your teeth whiter may feel overwhelming and out of reach. If you’re using tobacco products and would like to quit or are having trouble quitting, speak with your doctor about cessation support.

If you’re ready to get the beautifully white smile you know you deserve, call or text Dr. Kauffman today at (830) 730-4440 to schedule your appointment for teeth whitening! You can also request an appointment online right here!