What to do about yellow teeth?
Discolored teeth are often not a medical problem but a cosmetic one. But even a smile can become a burden when discolored teeth stand out instead of bright white ones. More than ever, we're putting our money where our beauty mouth is, spending more money each year on over-the-counter and professional whitening products, so-called cosmetic dentistry.
When you are ready to whiten your smile, there are options for every budget - but it pays to know which are safe and effective - and which can do more harm than good. What you can do about it:
Remove discolored teeth yourself
If you want to try to remove discoloration yourself without professional help, here are some whitening treatments:
Teeth whitening foods
In addition to staining foods, there are also foods that can whiten your teeth - a culinary "bleaching", so to speak!
If you want to emphasise the color of your teeth in a natural way, we can recommend the following products:
- Milk, cheese and other dairy products
- Rather harder fibre
- Rich fruits and vegetables
White teeth with home remedies?
Intuitively, the first thing people do when removing yellow teeth is to use a common remedy. However, this can have negative consequences.
Find out here which known home remedies are available and which you should stay away from:
- Baking powder and baking soda (do not use)
- Citric acid or lemon juice (do not use)
- Coconut oil
- Toothpastes with fluoride
- Whitening Toothpaste
- Whitening Strips
Remove tooth discoloration with baking powder and baking soda?
Often indispensable for cakes and biscuits! Many of us have baking powder and bicarbonate of soda at home and they are also extremely cheap to buy in the supermarket. For generations, the powders have been recommended - as a toothpaste substitute on the toothbrush - for whitening teeth.
Do they really work against tooth discoloration?
In fact, in the fight against discolored teeth, baking soda and baking powder initially seem to achieve positive results.
But, dentists still advise against using these products. While the granular powders do remove surface plaque, they also scrub away the enamel and thus the natural protection of the teeth, which irritates the gums and leads to increased sensitivity to pain.
In the longer term, baking soda/baking powder whitening will even make your teeth darker again, as the yellowish dentin underneath the enamel becomes more visible and dyes - for example from your morning coffee or daily green tea - stain the tooth more easily due to the lack of a protective layer.
Have discolored teeth professionally removed
During a professional dental cleaning at the Alpine White Dental Studio or your dentist, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and finally treated with a fluoride varnish. The experts will also remove discoloration and plaque from the spaces between your teeth, which you can't easily reach yourself.
Do you have veneers, bridges or crowns?
It is important to know that dentures, including veneers, bridges or crowns cannot be whitened as they are made of artificial materials, usually porcelain. Only teeth made of natural enamel can be whitened.
How long and how often?
Professional dental cleanings take about an hour and should be done 1-2 times a year. However, the length and frequency of treatment will always depend on the dental health of the individual.