How can get rid of marijuana stains on my teeth?

I have a question. I have been a marijuana user for a long time. I’m proud to say I recently quit and am trying to make some changes in my life, kind of a new start. One of those changes includes getting a new job. The problem is I think the pot has made my teeth a funky color. I’m afraid if I go to an interview with my teeth like this, I won’t stand a chance. I have tried the whitening toothpaste, but I don’t think it’s doing anything. Will whitening my teeth at a dentist’s office work quicker on my stains?

Gabe, Montreal

Dear Gabe,

Congratulations on make a great life change. Getting whiter, healthy teeth will be a great step in making those changes.

Honestly, the best place to start if you want to get whiter teeth is in your dentist’s chair. Any whitening treatment will be less effective until you have your teeth cleaned. Marijuana use is hard on the mouth. Calculus, which is hardened plaque on your teeth, builds faster with marijuana use. This leads to increased tooth decay and gum disease. If you were to try an at-home whitener from a drug store now, for example, your teeth would end up blotchy because of the build-up. Visit your dentist to have your teeth professionally cleaned before you try any whitening. This step alone may help with some of the staining.

Deeper stains in your teeth, whether they are related to the marijuana use or just stains from foods, etc., may be taken care of faster with a whitening treatment at the dentist. When you schedule your cleaning, your dentist can help you know if Zoom Whitening or a similar product will be effective for you.

If, after your cleaning, your teeth are at least interview-worthy, but you want to make them whiter without the Zoom Whitening, the at-home whitening trays that your dentist can make for you are much more effective than anything you can get over-the-counter. The trays are made to fit snuggly over your teeth and you use them with a gel for a certain amount of time each day until your teeth are as white as you’d like them to be. They are convenient, as well, to use periodically afterward to keep your teeth white.

This post is sponsored by Sedalia Dental in Columbus, Ohio.