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Does Listerine Stain Teeth
It whitens teeth.: Whitening rinses contain a whitening agent (like hydrogen peroxide) similar to whitening toothpastes. However, they only whiten very, very slowly since the are normally in contact with the teeth for only a minute or two. Contrast this with whitening strips or trays which are usually kept in contact with the teeth for an hour or so at a time. Trays will work much better and faster than rinses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
No: The amount of medication in listerine is high enough to help reduce bacteria, but not high enough to cause any noticeable discoloration. There are so many sources of tooth stain (tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco) it would be very rare that listerine would be the cause. The benefits far outweigh any cosmetic risks. The blue color is a a food grade dye. May dye your tongue temporarily-like blueberries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It may slightly: If may help minimally if it has Fluoride in it. If you have decalcifications, discuss it with your own dentist who can properly advise you what can be done. It depends upon where they are, how big, how deep, if it's an esthetic or a structural concern, etc. Dentist have many methods to help remineralize the enamel or cover\repair the surface destruction of the tooth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No..: Listerine does inhibit the formation of plaque to some degree. However, other things contribute to yellowing or stained teeth that the listerine does not prevent. I suggest more meticulous oral hygiene procedures at home, good eating habits, and consultation with a dentist. A dentist can be more specific for you on what it takes to make your teeth look their best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Teeth whiteners: may help even out tooth coloration if differences caused by stains on the surface of the enamel. However some color variations are within the tooth, formed during development, or discolored by certain antibiotics, differences in thickness, or if there's a filling. Also crowns or composite fillings will not changes color with whitening ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe...: I have seen this in patients, though i understand the formula had been changed. Your question would require a broad generalization to answer in this venue. The best answer would be from your dentist at your regular check-up; this would address the specifics of your mouth :). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No : In order to whiten teeth, the whitening agent (gel, strip, tray, etc.) has to remain on your teeth generally for 15 minutes to a few hours. This allows the whitening agent to be absorbed into the tooth, and the whitening process to take place. Unfortunately, swishing a mouth wash for 30 seconds (or even a minute) does not allow near enough time for this to take place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Expectations?: It depends upon your expectations. The effect is usually minimal at best. If you want any substantial whitening, you may have to wait forever. I recommend that you have a consultation with your own dentist to discuss your treatment options. Then you will be better informed as to what you can expect regarding time, money and amount of whitening. Besides there are other important considerations. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Laser whitening: If performed by a trained dentist or dental technician, laser teeth whitening should not damage your teeth and gums. Teeth will most likely be sensitive after the treatment to hot/cold food/beverage. It is very expensive as a cosmetic procedure. If done properly, gums should not be damaged/irritated. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
No: Just don't overdo it. Your teeth will only whiten to the extent that the enamel will allow. The color of the dentin underneath will still shine through and cannot be lightened by bleaching. Likewise, if you have recession, your exposed roots will not lighten and should not be bleached. A common side effect of whitening is sensitivity of the teeth, which is transient. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Bleach: A tooth can be discolored for many reasons, and it's important that you discuss these reasons with your dentist first. Once it has been determined what caused the discoloration, the alternatives for making it "white" again can be discussed, and they can range from teeth whitening or "bleaching" to cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneer/crown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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