Whitening A Wine-Stained Smile

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When drinking red wine, many people let it swish around in their mouths, essentially bathing their teeth in its dark pigments. These pigments attach to the sticky film of plaque that covers the teeth, depositing color onto the enamel’s surface. And unfortunately, just one glass of red wine is all it takes for stains to start setting in.

If caught early, you may be able to rinse or brush away these stains. In addition to rinsing with water, mouthwash is an easy way to flush away dark pigment-especially whitening mouthwashes. You can also try brushing with a little baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide to gently scrub off stains.

However, if you’ve been drinking red wine for a long time, the repeated exposure to the dark pigments, which may have penetrated the pores of your teeth, can make stains harder to remove.

For fast improvement of stubborn wine stains, a thorough in-office bleaching can lighten teeth up to 10 shades in one hour. At-home bleaching trays customized by your dentist can be an effective option, too. You can use them following an in-office treatment if you want an even whiter smile, or as an alternative to the in-office treatment.

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