When it comes to keeping your smile nice and bright, not all foods and drinks are created equal. It is important to know what foods and beverages can stain the most, even after receiving a teeth whitening. If you have veneers, keep in mind that they do not stain the same way teeth do. Color plays a key role in determining whether or not something will stain your teeth. Brightly colored foods and drinks contain a lot of chromogens, which can damage the enamel in your teeth. In addition to color, acidity and temperature also play a role. Acid breaks down the enamel around your tooth and increases the chance of leaving a stain, while very hot or cold foods and drinks force your teeth to expand or contract, and can also penetrate through the enamel.
Wine, Tea, and Coffee: People often assume that only red wine can discolor their teeth, but white wine can also stain due to the tannins. Coffee is also a popular culprit for leaving behind unwanted marks, but tea can be even worse on your teeth due to its high concentration of tannins. Green and white teas are less harmful than the darker variety.
Sports Drinks and Colas: Both of these drinks are highly acidic and can badly damage the enamel layer on your teeth. Some are chromogen-rich, but even the lighter-colored ones can wreak havoc. One easy way to minimize stains when consuming any drink is to use a straw.
Fruits, Berries, Candy, and Sauces: They may have important health benefits, but certain berries and fruits that are richly colored have a tendency to tinge your teeth after eating them. Candy and certain types of sauce such as soy sauce, ketchup, and curry-based sauces can also leave stains.
At the dental offices of Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C., we know that having a bright smile is important to you. As New York City’s premier cosmetic dentistry, we offer a wide range of cosmetic and general dental services, from teeth whitening to Invisalign. Call us today at (212) 661-9777 for more information.