Ask The Dentist – Do E-cigarettes Mean Whiter Teeth?

A patient asks whether changing from regular cigarettes to vaping will reverse the discolouration.

Stained teeth through cigarette smoking is very common. This Essex patient wants to know if changing to vaping will result in whiter teeth.

Q. Hi … I’ve been a smoker for many years and have always struggled to stop. A few friends of mine though have successfully quit smoking by using vaping as a substitute. I think I am going to try this too and I wondered if the staining of my teeth, which I presume has been caused by smoking, will start to go over time if I succeed; or is this something that will stay unless I do something about it, and what would you recommend. If so?

Thanks for your question, and well done for taking action to stop smoking. As we have mentioned in our Cygnet Dental Practice blogs before, smoking does more harm than simply staining teeth and can significantly increase the risk of gum disease and mouth cancers. Whilst any dangers around vaping are still unclear, latest advice appears to be that it is safer than traditional tobacco smoking. However, if you can, our advice would be to quit altogether.

To answer your question directly; you are unlikely to see any improvement simply by stopping smoking. Unfortunately, the teeth staining will remain more or less as it is unless you have them whitened. On the positive side, of course, the staining should not get any worse.

With regards to treatment, a teeth whitening procedure is usually the first option as this is a straightforward and non invasive treatment that should make dramatic improvements to the whiteness of your teeth. You don’t mention your age, but you do say that you have been smoking for some time so it is likely that your teeth will have naturally darkened too (it’s a natural part of the ageing process), and a tooth whitening procedure will help to reverse that as well.

You will need a consultation to determine the best course of  treatment. In some cases, where teeth are very badly stained, it may be that a whitening treatment would not suffice and dental veneers may be a better option. These are fine layers of porcelain which are used to replace the stained surface layer of the teeth to give you a new veneer. You can read more about these on the dental veneers page of our Wickford practice’s website.

You may also wish to consider when to have this treatment.  Some people prefer to wait until they have stopped smoking for long enough to be sure that they won’t start again. Others have their teeth whitened straight after swapping to vaping. This latter course can act as an impetus to remain a non smoker and avoid staining their teeth again.

Whichever you decide, your handy Wickford dentist is always happy to see you to discuss your treatment. We are confident that you will not regret the decision to have whiter teeth.

To book a consultation with our cosmetic dentist, please call the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 856322.