Comedian Rodney Dangerfield joked, “I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.” A funny line perhaps, but it also highlights a very common predicament that leaves many feeling hesitant to smile: discolored teeth.
In fact, when a survey asked the question, “What would you most like to improve about your smile?” the most common response was, “whiter & brighter teeth.”
Why Whiter is Better
It’s no secret why so many people want to brighten their smile. Sparkling white teeth communicate good health, success, and approachability to others. Yet smoking, genetics, and age (among other factors) can make it a challenge to attain that bright smile. On top of that, our food and beverage choices might be working against us.
How many of the following stain-causing drinks and foods do you regularly introduce to your teeth?
• Black coffee
• Dark colored juices, including cranberry juice
• Sports drinks
• Dark colored sodas—Both diet and regular
• Red wines
• Dark-colored teas
The Foods and Sauces:
• Fruits that are dark in color like blueberries, cherries, and grapes
• Sauces including soy sauce and tomato sauces
• Candies and sweets with food dye and artificial coloring like a popsicle
• Balsamic vinegar
As a rule of thumb, if you can imagine your food or drink staining your favorite white shirt, it’s more than likely that it’s dimming your grin a little too. Of course, completely avoiding these food choices is all but impossible for the majority, and you can’t simply wear a brown tie on every occasion. Share this blog with your friends who like to wear a lot of brown, and see if you get a chuckle.
So what can be done to give your pearly whites a fighting chance to attain a brightness that is always camera-ready? Check in next week for ideas to keep smiles at their premium whiteness.
Dr. Shafiq Kara offers fantastic cosmetic dentistry in Langley, BC. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for teeth whitening if you’d like a brighter smile.
Which of the aforementioned foods and beverages can you simply not live without? What makes them so irresistible?