Love For Vino or Whiter Teeth?

There is nothing better than a glass of wine to cap off the day. You open the cabinet and see two options: red or white wine. Rather than settle for the red, you choose white because facing the morning with stained teeth is not an option.

whiter teethBut if you think you are doing your teeth a favour by drinking white, think again. A study from the New York University (NYU) reveals that your whiter option might simply be the lesser of two evils.

Why Not White? Study Reveals Reason

Researchers from NYU compared the staining effect of white and red wine by submerging cow teeth in both for an hour. This mimics the effect of sipping a couple glasses of wine over dinner or before the night ends. After an hour, they soaked the teeth in black tea.

With the help of a spectrophotometer (device used to measure colour intensity), researchers discovered that red wine left the deepest stains. However, a more interesting result revealed that white was no better. Teeth soaked in white wine displayed significant discolouration compared to tea stains.

Acidic Erosion: The Culprit behind the Stain

The study revealed that the acid found in wines, red or white, creates grooves in your teeth, which allows staining chemicals to penetrate the tooth. White wine is extremely acidic—it slowly erodes your tooth enamel, which worsens staining. Whenever you drink white wine, you leave your pearly whites vulnerable to stains caused by food, coffee and tea.

Love Your Wine, Love Your Teeth

Sometimes, it is hard to resist the temptation of wine. If you love your vino and wish to protect your teeth, there are ways to slow down the erosion and discolouration. For example, refrain from rolling wine over your tongue to prevent spreading the acids on teeth. Rinse your mouth with a glass of water to neutralise the mouth.

Also, hold off brushing your teeth. Your toothpaste’s abrasive speeds up the damaging process brought about by the wine’s acidic content. Wait at least 30 minutes or an hour before you brush your teeth after drinking wine.

For a whiter smile despite your love of wine, professional teeth whitening also helps. Dr David Madruga’s cosmetic dental procedures can restore your pearly whites for a winning smile. Book an appointment with us now and keep enjoying your favoured glass of wine.

For Long-Term Whiter Teeth, Just Leave It to the Professionals

The food and drinks you consume leave their traces on the surfaces of your teeth. Even the occasional smoke leaves your pearly whites less than white with just a whiff.

teeth whiteningPeople not satisfied with their current look sometimes turn to do-it-yourself teeth whitening. While there is no problem with doing it yourself, it does not guarantee prolonged results. If you wish to enjoy whiter teeth longer, best to book an appointment with a professional.

The Need-to-Knows of In-House Whitening

Proper bleaching easily remedies yellowing teeth; greying and brownish teeth, however, are more challenging. If your front teeth have tooth-coloured fillings or bonding, bleaching is not an option. To achieve a brighter smile, a professional’s help comes in handy.

For a more attractive smile, consult a dentist first to know which whitening procedure is the most effective in your case.

Why Depend on Professionals

Professional in-office whitening (also known as chair side bleaching) is one of the most popular options for people who seek whiter teeth. Some patients prefer home-use whitening systems (e.g. whitening toothpaste, whitening trays or gel strips) for convenience and to save money.

In-house whitening, however, offers more long-term benefits. Unlike home whitening procedures, leaving it to the professionals guarantees controlled, safe and monitored whitening. No need to worry about getting it wrong; a dental practice will oversee and perform the process.

What to Expect During the Procedure

If your teeth are suitable for the procedure, your dentist will schedule you for an appointment. Each session at your dental practice usually lasts for thirty minutes to an hour. The procedure involves the application of a protective gel to your gums, which protects the mouth’s soft tissues from the whitening agent.

After applying the bleaching agent, the dentist uses a laser to enhance the product’s effect. For stubborn surface stains, dentists use bleaching materials such as hydrogen peroxide.

Professional whitening procedures do wonders for yellowing teeth. Rather than settle for DIYs, leave the procedure with the professionals. Here at David Maruga, we make sure you leave our practice with healthier and whiter teeth. Get in touch with us now and learn more about our treatments.