How to Get Rid of Stains on Teeth

10 Simple Options To Remove Stains from Teeth

If you have discoloured or yellow teeth with stains, we feel your pain—and you’re not alone.

Since no one wants stains on their teeth preventing them from smiling proudly, our team has put together a list of at-home remedies and dental treatments you can try to blast the stains and once again smile confidently.

Below, you’ll discover options like whitening toothpaste (and our review of charcoal whitening), baking soda and secret ingredients people swear that use fruits like pineapples and apples.

Plus, high-grade professional teeth whitening treatments can do the job in 30 minutes (not to mention a simple hygiene solution that can do the same).

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Hygiene with AirFLOW is best for surface stains

Costs from £69

Staining from drinks, foods, smoking, and everyday wear and tear is often easily removed with a hygiene session that includes AirFLOW. AirFLOW can brighten your smile by combining water, compressed air, and fine powder particles. Plus, you’ll be doing your oral health wonders by getting your teeth professionally cleaned at the same time.

Other ways you can remove surface stains:

  • Use toothpaste brands like Colgate Max White.
  • Crest Complete Whitening can also help reduce surface staining.
  • Brush teeth, not just up and down, but side to side.
  • Apply activated charcoal (we found this effective but not life-changing). Make sure to only use a little bit and be careful as it can roughen the tooth surface unless you use it moderately and sensibly. Not for regular use as your enamel might wear away.
  • Baking soda and water can be used to remove stains on the surface of teeth. Some toothpastes include baking soda.

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Professional whitening for unremovable stains

Costs from £260

We have to mention professional teeth whitening because if your type of tooth stain is intrinsic (which are stains beginning from inside the tooth affecting the dentin), then your only option to remove these stains is with active whitening ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide provided in high enough concentrations that only professional whitening treatments can offer.

Professional tooth whitening options include Philips Zoom! Laser Whitening, which is carried out chairside within 30-60 minutes, results are immediately noticeable.

Other options are professional teeth whitening kits purchased from dentists like us, which use award-winning brands like Boutique Whitening and Enlighten Evolution.

Keeping teeth nice and white at home

If you have relatively white and clean teeth after doing all of the above, or if you have recently had them whitened, you can keep up the results at home by improving your dental hygiene habits and ensuring you brush your teeth twice daily, floss, and use mouthwash. You can even explore water flossers or ultrasonic scalers, which are much more rigorous.

Additionally, you can try whitening pens, which contain bleaching gel that you can brush onto your teeth in thin layers. We find whitening pens to be better than strips, as it’s easier not to irritate the gums and have greater control over placement.

Rubbing teeth with fruit peels like banana, orange, or lemon after brushing has been known to have similar effects to cider vinegar. The acidic properties of the fruit peels can dissolve many types of stains and leave teeth feeling cleaner and healthier.