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First of all, there is no exact answer that covers all individuals who are heavy coffee drinkers and want to keep their teeth white. How often you whiten depends on the individuals oral health care at home, the type of whitening system your dentist uses, how much coffee you drink and how white you want your teeth! My suggestion to you is, make an appointment with your dentist when you smile and are unhappy with the stains or color you see. Have your dentist polish the...
All whitening products are different , whether is provided by a dental professional or over the counter. For our coffee drinkers we recommend not to have a cup right after the whitening treatment. If you love coffee like some of our patients do, they simply do a little bit more of homework at home with their home whitening kit, they also come in periodic for touch ups. At our office we provide the In-office system that give you great results with just one visit. Sometimes we recommend that...
I find the bigger problem with coffee drinking and staining occurs when a patient doesn't clean his/her teeth well at home, and the build-up on teeth (called plaque or calculus) or grooves on the surface of less-than-smooth teeth are the places stain shows. In our office, we use Kor Whitening system in-office and/or take-home, and the follow-up treatment is using the product one night per month to keep the color bright. Also, heavy coffee drinkers should have teeth cleaned by...
This depends on the porosity of the teeth, the amount of acid erosion that is present and the volume of coffee consumed. It has been shown that peroxides can soften the enamel of the teeth but the hardness returns if flouride products are used to reharden the enamel. So can someone over do it with bleaching every day? Yes they can and the enamel can become somewhat transparent if done over a long period of time. It the color is a huge concern for you then maybe other restorative options like...
Get a good cleaning done every 6 months and then use your bleaching trays for touch ups using whitening gel overnite. Every couple years you can do the full blown Zoom whitening for a stunning smile.
It depends on many things Tooth structure( porosity, enamel consistency) How much exposure to coffee or other stains( how much is too much, 2 cups a day, or 6?) Teeth sensitivity Preparation ( do you supplement with fluoride to strengthen the teeth?) What product and system is used So , if this is something you have to be concerned with too many time, then may be you need to look into veneers. they do not stain.
The amount of coffee consuption is usually not the only factor that contributes to stain. Together with poor hygiene it really can be a heavy contributing factor. The intensity of teeth whitening usually depends on the original teeth shade, desirable teeth shade, quelities of enamel and degree of home oral care. If you had major teeth whitening and continue heavy coffee drinking, you should be extremely careful with home oral hygiene and probably use the bleaching trays at least once a week...