These Two New Products Will Get Rid of Coffee Stained Teeth
A pearly white smile is a universally desirable thing.
It’s what keeps pulling us into the dentist and brushing our teeth every morning and night. It’s the main driver for products like whitening toothpaste and whitening strips. Truthfully, most of us could have brighter smiles than we do now by giving up a few common habits.
We can floss more often, and we can sacrifice some substances. One of the worst perpetrators of stained teeth is, unfortunately, one of the world’s favorite beverages: Coffee.
Coffee yellows our teeth by working its way into the embedded cracks and ridges in our teeth, which are porous. Pigments from dark substances like coffee or wine cause stains over time.
(Here’s an interesting fact: Cigarette smoke also often stains teeth, and some smokers attempting to quit have said their coffee intake increased substantially during their process of quitting. They go from staining their teeth in one way to another!)
Coffee Stain Myths BUSTED
The Internet offers a handful of strategies to avoid coffee stains on your teeth:
Put cream in your coffee.
The idea is straightforward enough. Putting cream in a black coffee makes the drink itself much lighter in color. No dark color, no yellow teeth, right?
Sadly, this is a myth. Putting cream in your coffee makes the drink appear less harmful, but the pigment of the coffee still exists. Your coffee will stain your teeth no matter what.
Drink with a straw.
Perhaps the most popular theory says you should drink your coffee, cold or hot, with a straw. Putting the end of the straw past your teeth bypasses the porous surface, ensuring the coffee only hits the back of your mouth.
Unfortunately, this is another myth.
Coffee can still hit the back of your teeth, which can actually be worse in the long run. If you’re drinking coffee, it’s going to impact your teeth, regardless of what steps you take to avoid it.
The Cup of the Future
Coffee has been a popular part of our day-to-day for centuries. It’s so ingrained into our mornings, it’s hard to image giving it up cold turkey.
There are myriad options nowadays to get your caffeine fix without reaching for regular coffee. Black and green teas have competitive levels of caffeine without the same likelihood of stains. Many coffee shops also offer tea-based alternative lattes that use matcha or red tea so you can get a tasty shot of caffeine without sacrificing white teeth.
For many of us, though, nothing can compare to the taste and caffeine levels of a regular cup o’ joe.
Luckily for us, some entrepreneurs have realized the need to do something different. The result is a total overhaul of the coffee consuming experience.
Is it water? Or is it coffee?
The most radical example came out of eastern Europe this year. Two brothers in Slovakia have created the world’s first clear coffee.
You read that right – clear coffee.
They call it CLR CFF. It looks like water, and it’s bottled like any other chilled beverage. But it’s made out of real Arabica coffee, so it tastes similar to cold brew.
The creator are ambiguous about how their process works, just that they use “methods that have never been used before.”
Clear coffee, though it sounds strange, may be the ideal solution to coffee-stained teeth. It packs the same caffeinated punch as a regular cup of coffee with the same – or similar – flavor profile without the dark pigmentation. The creators suggest drinking it cold like any other chilled coffee, or using it to liven up a cocktail.
It’s tough to say whether or not CLR CFF is actually the future of stain-free coffee drinking. Reviews are mixed – some drinkers were sold immediately, others said the drink tasted more like a watered down cold brew. It’s also not the cheapest option. Two bottles go for $7.50, which is similar, if not more expensive, than a regular cup of craft black coffee.
Regardless, CLR CFF meets the criteria for a non-staining cup of coffee.
Edible caffeine isn’t a new phenomenon. Caffeine pills are popular among serious athletes and backpackers to get a rapid shot of energy. They don’t necessarily translate directly to coffee lovers, however. You can get the energy, but none of the taste.
The benefit to a chewable, of course, is that you completely lose the possibility of staining your teeth with a liquid. So how can you chew your coffee?
For a company called HVMN, the answer was simple: Cubes!
GO CUBES are coffee flavored gummies that claim to fit 50 mg of caffeine (that’s about half a cup of coffee) into a condensed, chewable cube. They come in three flavors: Pure drip, latte, and mocha, so coffee drinkers can choose an option closest to their normal drink.
Of course, a candy-like chewable doesn’t pack the same punch as a regular cup of coffee. The flavor will naturally be a bit different. There’s a nutritional discrepancy as well – GO CUBES contain more carbohydrates.
Still, for those who are willing to sacrifice the strong taste of a liquid coffee, GO CUBES may be a suitable alternative. You’re far less likely to stain your teeth, and considering CLR CFF is only available in stores in the UK and only one place online, GO CUBES may save you a few bucks.
Nothing Beats the Real Deal
While these alternatives may exemplify a future of coffee consumption that is far better for our teeth, it’s hard to beat out hot, black coffee. If quitting your morning caffeine fix is out of the question, it may be time to consider looking for ways to whiten your smile elsewhere.
You can purchase whitening toothpaste and whitening strips at most grocery stores, but if you want a surefire way to maximize your smile, no one knows more than a dental professional.
At Paradigm Dental, we take your smile very seriously. We offer a wide variety of teeth whitening services to find the option that works best for you. From at-home care to in-office treatment, we guarantee you can reach your smile’s full potential. Because no coffee drinker should have to drink tea.