Do you love your coffee? Here’s how to keep your teeth white.

teeth whitening jannali dental care

For some, it’s what you look forward to first thing in the morning. For others, it’s a reliable afternoon pick me up. Whatever coffee is to you, one thing is true: it can dull your smile without proper precautions.

If ditching the Flat White isn’t sitting right with you, here are a few other things you can do instead of cutting consumption to help keep your teeth white.

1. Add a whitening toothpaste to the brushing and flossing mix to help remove surface stains before they become prominent. After drinking your coffee, brush your teeth to avoid a coffee-coating and help reduce the risk of staining.

2. Sip your coffee swiftly. Instead of making your cup last for hours, drinking coffee quicker means it won’t sit on your teeth for long, leaving less opportunity for stains.

3. If you can’t brush your teeth immediately after finishing your coffee, try to rinse your mouth. If you don’t have a mouth rinse, water will do the trick just as well. Simply swish it around your mouth for a few seconds to remove any leftover coffee from your pearly whites.

4. Some dentists recommend sipping your coffee through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth. But seriously, how many people have you seen at your local café drinking their piping hot latte through a straw?   Not many.

5. Last but not least, schedule a teeth whitening visit. At Jannali Dental Care we’re proud to use the latest technology in teeth whitening to brighten your smile in one quick visit.

All about our Zoom Teeth Whitening package (it really is the BEST on the market!)

Discolouration or the appearance of yellow teeth can be genetic, a result of medication, environmental in nature, or a mixture of all three. The good news is the majority of discolouration is usually a result of surface stains, and they can be tackled effectively by Zoom teeth whitening.

In our humble opinion, Zoom is the best whitening treatment on the market – and with Zoom, it’s possible to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades in about 90 minutes.  That includes getting rid of those nasty coffee stains.

What is involved in Zoom Whitening?

The whitening gel is applied to your teeth – your lips and gums are protected. Then a specialised LED blue light will be left on your teeth for 15 minutes.  The gel is then reapplied. This will happen 3 times  and the session concludes with a fluoride treatment to reduce your risk of tooth sensitivity.

You will be able to maintain your newly brighten smile with your Zoom touch-up kit that we send home with you.

The Zoom touch-up kit provides you with a custom fit, comfortable, whitening tray and gel to help you maintain your results. To maintain the best possible outcome, be sure to use your home whitening system as directed.

You can use it comfortably in your home or even relaxing with a book outside in the sunshine.  Too easy.

How long does the effect of Zoom Whitening last?

So, the million dollar question – how long does Zoom teeth whitening last? The effects of zoom whitening should last for 12 months –  but with a significant caveat – the length of the benefits vary hugely depending on how well you treat your teeth afterwards.

Avoid or reduce the consumption of staining drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine and coke.  This will definitely help to prolong the effects of the treatment, as will good dental hygiene overall.

If you do occasionally have a staining drink, keep a close eye on the beverage sizes, and rinse or clean your teeth as soon as you can.

The full Zoom whitening package, including both the time in the dentist chair AND the custom made take-home whitening trays, is $695.

We reckon a Zoom whitening package would make a pretty special and unique Christmas gift for someone you love.

Call us today at 9528 9204 to talk to us about our teeth whitening package and we can answer any extra questions you may have.  As far as we are concerned, Zoom is definitely the best teeth whitening product on the market.

What can I do about my stained teeth?

We all want to feel confident showing off a bright white smile in photos and when we chat with others.

Over time our teeth can darken and yellow due to our age, as well as our eating and smoking habits.  Time for some teeth whitening!

When we want to achieve a whiter smile we can be quick to grab the first tooth whitening product we see on the supermarket shelf.

But bear in mind that a stock standard tooth whitening product can actually cause discomfort if there is a more serious dental problem underlying.  So it is quite important to know what has caused the tooth stain in the first place.

If you want to whiten your teeth, the best place to start is with a healthy mouth. So before you jump in and buy a whitener off-the-shelf or online, come and see us first for a check-up.

We can help work out the cause of the stain, treat any existing dental problems and advise you on different teeth whitening options.

Teeth whitening technology has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years. And remember that a teeth whitening consultation is FREE with us anytime –  check out our teeth whitening package HERE.

✔️ Common causes of tooth stain

Sadly, it’s things we tend to enjoy daily that are the main culprits – coffee, tea, red wine, some berries, tomato sauce, spices like turmeric or curry paste, brightly coloured lollies, and of course, smoking.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to say goodbye to these foods and beverages forever…… but there are a few things you can do to help minimise the impact.

✔️Tips to help reduce tooth stain

One suggestion is to use a straw because it reduces exposure to our teeth. However that may not always be practical, especially when it comes to coffee or red wine!  So the next best thing is to rinse your mouth with water and/or mouthwash after you’ve consumed your cappuccino or shiraz .

A simple ‘at home’ tip is to brush your teeth with baking powder. It does an excellent job at removing surface stains, but you should proceed with caution to prevent damage to your enamel. Baking powder is definitely NOT advised for everyday use, as it can be pretty abrasive.

The other simple tip is to stay on top of your general dental hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing and mouth wash.  Getting a check-up and teeth clean every 6 months is also a good habit to form.  And if you are a heavy coffee drinker or a smoker, consider cutting back, or quitting all together.

✔️Other causes of tooth stain

Some stains actually come from within the tooth – called intrinsic stains, and these are notoriously harder to remove.  There are a number of causes, such as:

  •      Small cracks in tooth enamel;
  •       Excessive teeth grinding;
  •       Some antibiotics and medications, such as doxycycline and tetracycline;
  •       Trauma or an accident;
  •       Excess fluoride intake either during pregnancy or by the child while his/her  permanent teeth are still developing.

To prevent intrinsic stains in children, avoid too much early exposure to fluorides. You can do this by purchasing age-appropriate toothpaste for your children.

If you see any change in your child’s normal tooth colour, it should definitely be checked out – so if your child has white spots on his/her teeth, or any other unusual stain, make an appointment and let our team at Jannali Dental Care take a close look.

As we get older, so do our teeth. The enamel that covers the teeth gets thinner with age, which then allows the inner structure of the tooth to show through, so our teeth naturally yellow with time.

Genetics also plays a lead role in oral health and some people are lucky to have thicker enamel then others, which means their teeth are less likely to show stain.

If you have deeply embedded stains in the structure of the tooth come and see us as at the clinic as the stains will probably need to be removed through a professional  teeth-whitening treatment like Zoom (which only takes about an hour in the chair).

✔️ How can we help?

Firstly, we will make sure your teeth and gums are healthy  before going ahead with any whitening treatments. A healthy mouth is the best place to start.

We offer a Teeth Whitening Package – witness your teeth whiten up to eight shades in about an hour.  You will see significant changes in just one treatment – and we can also provide you with a take-home kit to continue the whitening process in the comfort of your own home.

A teeth-whitening package also makes a great birthday gift or a treat for a bride-to-be (or the groom) !

Call us today  on (02) 9528 9204 to book a FREE whitening consultation for you or a friend. 

And of course, if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth for ANY reason, please come and see our Sutherland Shire dentists at Jannali Dental Care.