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Keeping Your Smile White

Teeth Whitening at Sunny Smiles 

If you have stained teeth and are wanting to make them white and bright again, contact our office to make an appointment to consult with our doctors about our teeth whitening process. 

Teeth bleaching and teeth whitening are fast, easy ways to brighten teeth and enhance your smile. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mouthpiece tray that is customized to fit exactly to your teeth. The custom-made tray will help maximize the contact from the teeth whitening gel that will be applied, while also minimizing the whitening gel’s contact with gum tissue.

Tooth enamel can be many different shades and can become discolored due to many reasons, including genetics and aging, tooth injury or illness, certain medications, smoking or chewing tobacco, staining foods such as coffee or wine, or excessive amounts of fluoride.

If your teeth are stained or are beginning to dull, it may be time to start paying attention to things you eat and drink. By avoiding problem foods you can keep your smile bright and teeth white.

What Causes Teeth Staining?

Knowing what foods cause staining can help avoid tooth staining in the first place. Tooth enamel changes as you age. Over time stains can form in the crevices on your teeth. Chromogens contain strong pigments that stick to enamel. Tannins are plant-based compounds that make it easier for chromogens to stick and cause stains to form on teeth. Acids make tooth enamel softer and rougher, which cause stains to form easier.

Drinks that Stain Teeth

Beverages like coffee, tea, and wine can all lead to darker teeth, especially if they are consumed regularly. Coffee is acidic and can lead to darker teeth because they are high in chromogens. Tea, however, is full of tannins and acid, so it can cause staining even easier than coffee. Red and white wine can also stain your smile, but for different reasons. Red wine is very acidic, contains tannins, and its dark color is due to chromogens. White wine has acid and some tannins (even though it’s pale in color) but is more likely to make your teeth susceptible to staining than staining them on its own.

Contact Sunny Smiles today to find out which dental whitening methods are right for you. Our staff will help you choose what it best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

We Accept Most PPO Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • MeLife
  • Delta Dental
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Ameritas
  • Guardian
  • Southland

If you are in need of a flexible monthly payment option for dental services, find out if you are qualified for CareCredit. Applying is easy! It only takes 5 minutes to see if you are eligible. If you qualify, there are a variety of options available, so you can pay for your dental treatment.