Coffee is more than just a morning pick-me-up for most Americans. It’s a mid-morning keep-me-going, too, and maybe a mid-afternoon raise-me-from-the-dead.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Coffee has many health benefits, and it can even be good for the health of your teeth and gums. But it does have one major drawback–it can stain your teeth! Many of us have coffee-yellowed smiles, but that may be a thing of the past, now that there’s a clear coffee available. That way, you can get your java fix with less need for cosmetic dentistry.
Real Beans, Real Brew, No Stains
The inventors behind the clear coffee (called “CLR CFF” because vowels are uncool) were heavy coffee drinkers. But they were unhappy with the stains on their teeth. They decided they would try to do something no-one had ever done before: process real roasted Arabica beans to remove the color, but not the flavor and not the caffeine.
How exactly this pair of London brothers managed this, they won’t say. Not that we blame them–a process like that has to be a closely guarded industry secret, or else you’ll soon find everyone producing imitators. What they do say about the process raises more questions than it answers: They say it’s “physical processing and doesn’t include any chemicals.” This seems impossible, but we do know that coffee includes a lot of dissolved and suspended solids. These particles from the coffee beans doubtless give the beverage much of its color. They also give the beverage its mouthfeel, and, presumably, much of its taste.
The inventors and people who have tasted it claim that it tastes like a potent cold brew. We haven’t tasted it ourselves, but we suspect that even if it does taste like coffee, it probably lacks the texture. As far as the caffeine goes, we’ll have to take their word on that for now, too.
They say the beverage also doesn’t have any preservatives, stabilizers, or sweeteners. So it’s probably best for people who like their coffee “black” (if you’ll pardon the expression).
Although they are expensive, about $7.75 for 13.5 ounces, it might be a worthwhile switch for people battling coffee stains on their teeth.
While You’re Waiting for CLR CFF
CLR CFF is currently only for sale in the UK. We don’t think there’s an import ban on products without vowels, so you can probably buy it from their online store (if you’re prepared to pay the shipping, too!). But if you’re not prepared to shell out the cost of it right now, there are some things you can do while you’re waiting for it to become more affordable.
First, you can add milk to your coffee. Milk reduces the ability of coffee to stain your teeth. You can also chase your cup of coffee with a cup of water. Coffee is a mild acid, pH about 5 (tooth enamel begins to soften below 5.5), so if you want to brush your teeth after your cup, just use a soft-bristled toothbrush–toothpaste contains abrasive agents that can damage softened enamel.
And, of course, you can cut back on your caffeine habit. Although many people drink coffee in the morning, reliance on caffeine in the afternoon is a sign that you may have sleep apnea. If you find yourself relying desperately on that afternoon java, maybe it’s time to talk to your doctor or a sleep dentist about testing.
But if you do find yourself with stained teeth from coffee, that is a type of stain that typically responds very well to teeth whitening. However, if your teeth don’t respond to whitening, we also offer other options for getting a white and stain-resistant smile, such as porcelain veneers.