For many people, a cup of coffee is a necessity in getting their day started. If this is you, you may have wondered if coffee stains your teeth. A cup of coffee, on its own, will not have any noticeable effects on your teeth. But years of drinking coffee adds up, and, over time, your teeth will become yellow due to the gradual staining from the coffee.
Many teeth whitening treatments are effective in removing stains from teeth and making them white again. Stains from coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate, and other things you eat are relatively easy to remove, particularly with professional treatments. However, the bleaching agents used in most professional treatments temporarily dehydrate the teeth. Just as a dry sponge soaks up water, this dehydration causes the teeth to soak up anything you eat or drink. In the case of colored foods, this can cause the teeth to pick up stains. For this reason, it is important to avoid drinking coffee or consuming anything else of color for 24-48 hours after a professional whitening treatment. This dehydration only lasts a day or two though, so you can feel free to eat or drink anything after this time without fear that it will prematurely stain your teeth.
For more information on how to preserve your bright smile for as long as possible after whitening treatment, contact our Los Angeles tooth whitening expert.