How to Remove Tea Stains on Teeth

Updated April 17, 2017

Everyone wants to show off a beautiful smile, but if your teeth are yellow from tea stains you may be too embarrassed to smile. There are several methods to remove tea stains from your teeth. You can take care of the issue at home or seek the help of a dentist. Follow these guidelines and you will be ready to show off your pearly white teeth in no time.

Brush your teeth more often. Most people brush their teeth twice a day, but if you are finding tea stains on your teeth you will want to increase the number of times you brush. Try brushing three to four times a day and see if you get improved results.

Brush your teeth within an hour after drinking tea. If you drink tea at work, keep a toothbrush and a pack of toothpaste at your office.

Change your toothpaste to a type that is specifically designed for whitening.

Use whitening mouthwash daily. This alone is unlikely to remove the stains, but it is added protection for your teeth.

Apply whitening strips to your teeth. You typically need to apply the strips to your teeth twice a day; however, directions vary depending on the brand you use. For more dramatic results, visit the dentist and get your teeth professionally bleached.

Schedule a cleaning with your dentist. Your teeth should be cleaned by a dental hygienist once every six months. This will help your teeth maintain a healthy and clean appearance.

Use veneers to hide your stains. Veneers are not a permanent solution, but should last for nearly a decade before needing to be replaced.


If you have sensitive teeth use a fluoride mouthwash for a few weeks before applying whitening strips. This will help reduce the sensitivity.

Things You'll Need

  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Whitening strips
  • Whitening mouthwash
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Farhan Arshad has been a professional writer since 2004. In 2009, he was one of five writers accepted into the Comedy Central Summer workshop, spending time at "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report" and Comedy Central's development department. He received his Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and political science from Emory University and a Master of Fine Arts in dramatic writing from Northwestern University.