How to Remove Coffee Stains from your Teeth

Does Coffee Stain Your Teeth?

Yes. Studies have shown that coffee drinks do indeed stain your teeth, even after whitening (source). It may not be noticeable at first, but over time you will notice that coffee stains your teeth.

How to Whiten Coffee Stained Teeth

There are 4 main ways to whiten coffee stained teeth. Some of them are all natural. Others you’ll need to seek a dentist.

Before we get into the various methods on whitening your coffee stained teeth, consider rinsing out your mouth with water every time you have a cup of coffee. Of course, brushing is even better, but with the amount of coffee most of us drink that’s not very plausible.

Baking Soda & Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer. It stimulates the outer layer of the tooth, the enamel, and helps release the staining components.

The baking soda is the booster. It speeds up the process and increases the hydrogen peroxides effectiveness.

Making the teeth whitening mixture is straight forward. 

Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in a cup, then add your baking soda and stir it until it becomes a paste. Which is very little of each. Remember, you’re making only a small amount.

You can use a tooth brush to spread the paste mixture over your teeth. The toughest part is leaving it on for 15-20 minutes. After that amount of time you can brush off the natural whitening mixture with regular tooth paste.
You’re not going to see a difference overnight. It will happen gradually when you do it everyday for 2 to 3 weeks.

Teething Whitening Kits

We have all seen teeth whitening kits everywhere. There are endless selection of different types. They are essentially using the same ingredients as the hydrogen peroxide paste.

Keep in mind many dentist don’t recommend some of the LED teeth whitening kits. Other studies shown that they do provide results but they remove a bit of the enamel layer (LED study). Therefore, they should be used infrequently. Read the reviews carefully and buy a reputable brand if you choose this form of teeth whitening.

There are 2 other main types of whitening kits.


Liquid Packs

Liquid packs come with a mouth guard and a liquid gel pack. You add the gel into the mouth piece. One guard piece for the top and another for the bottom. Most packs come with the gel in a syringe, so it’s not messy when applying.

Depending on the brand and type you get, it could be anywhere from 20-40 minutes. Afterwards you simply rinse and brush. Done.

Again, depending on which type you buy will let you know how long you have to repeat the process in order to see results.

Whitening Strips

I’ve personally used Crest Whitestrips for over 5 years now. I use it about once or twice a year and have been happy with the results.

They get better every year. They stick better now and are easy to apply. Instead of a mouth guard and having to inject gel into the mouth guard, you peel off the strips and press them on your teeth.
Follow the directions carefully on whichever brand you choose. If you use them too much, you’ll have painfully sensitive teeth for a day or two. Trust me on this. They hydrogen peroxide is not meant to be in contact with your gums for too long.

Seeing a Dentist

The dentist is not only using professional equipment and materials to polish and whiten your teeth, they are giving you customized care tailored for you.

It’s a great choice if you want to see your teeth professionally whitened fast. Or you already have an appointment, you can add on the service.

You can learn more about the professional teeth whitening process from greatdentist.io.


There are various ways to get your teeth whitened. Most of them are safe and effective. That being said, you should always talk to your dentist to make sure you’re making the right choice to remove and whiten those pesky coffee stains from your teeth.

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