Wine is one of the oldest beverages in existence, and has been enjoyed all over the world for thousands of years. While it’s great to indulge every once in a while, drinking too much red wine can have an unintended consequence – purple tinted teeth. The pigments in red wine are very strong. In the same way that wine can stain your clothes or a tablecloth, it can also stain your teeth.
Does this mean you can’t have a glass of your favorite red this National Wine Day, on May 25? No! At Origin Dental, you can celebrate National Wine Day with a teeth whitening, and make sure your teeth look great. Read on to learn more about why wine stains teeth and how teeth whitening can help!
It’s important to note that there are two kinds of wine stains. The first type of stain is only superficial, and doesn’t permanently stain your teeth. This happens when wine bonds to plaque on your teeth. The pigments in wine can stick to plaque, temporarily discoloring your smile.
The good news is that this type of discoloration can be eliminated by simply brushing and rinsing away the plaque. It won’t cause any long-term damage.
However, drinking a lot of red wine can permanently stain your teeth. Your tooth enamel is porous, and the acidic nature of wine can weaken the enamel further, allowing the powerful pigments in the wine to stain your teeth. This type of staining can’t be easily eliminated with brushing alone.
To deal with wine stains on your teeth, your best option is professional teeth whitening. While there are thousands of teeth whitening products out there, the effective ones all use the same basic type of compound, known as a “peroxide.”
Peroxides such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide react violently to the presence of organic molecules on your enamel, such as wine stains. When this happens, the molecular bonds holding the stain in place break, “bleaching” the stain away from your enamel completely. By doing so, teeth whitening can tackle most external tooth stains.
However, not all teeth whitening products are built alike. If you want the best results, you’ll need to see a dentist like Dr. Victor Tran at Origin Dental for a professional in-office whitening, or a custom-made take-home teeth whitening kit.
Even if your teeth do become stained by wine, there’s no need to worry! At Origin Dentistry, we can whiten your teeth in La Jolla, UTC, Sorrento Valley, and the rest of San Diego County. To learn more and schedule an appointment, just give us a call at (858) 264-2555, or stop by our office at 9200 Scranton Road, Suite 101, San Diego, CA 92121 to schedule your consultation in person.