If your smile looks stained or yellowed, you might have considered teeth whitening to help improve the appearance of your teeth. Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that can be performed in as little as a single visit – and can dramatically improve your sense of self-confidence by brightening up your smile.
The team at TCare Dental Centre can help ensure that you’re getting exactly the result you want. Find out more below, and to make a booking, all you’ve got to do is get in touch!
Why Are Your Teeth Yellowed & Stained?
Some of the most common reasons teeth become yellowed and stained are:
- $Teeth gradually turn yellow with age
- $Thinned enamel can allow the dentin beneath to show through, which appears yellow
- $Genetics can play a part in teeth appearing yellow
- $Smoking can cause teeth to discolour over time
- $Some foods cause teeth to turn yellow, such as tomatoes, berries and curry spices
- $Certain drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine can cause teeth to discolour
- $Fluorosis (caused by excess fluoride consumption) can cause yellow or brown spots
Professional Teeth Whitening
The method includes a whitening gel firmer than you can purchase over the counter; it is designed to penetrate the teeth and remove even some of your most stubborn stains.
In addition, your dentist will take precautions to protect the mouth’s soft tissues before applying the whitening gel. Most of our patients report feeling very little sensitivity after treatment.
DIY Teeth Whitening
If you check the oral health care aisles at shops or the chemist, you will quickly see that there is no shortage of whitening products you can purchase. There are strips, gels, toothpaste, and rinses, all of which claim to make your teeth whiter.
Several other DIY whitening methods have been discussed online recently, including oil pulling, charcoal, and turmeric. How effective are these teeth-whitening ways? And how safe are they?
Frequently asked question.
What causes teeth to discolour?
A variety of things can contribute to teeth discolouration, but most of them will track back to our daily habits and the food and drink we consume. Perhaps the most significant culprits will be coffee, tea, wine, soft drinks and the like. Those who smoke tobacco will also invariably experience staining or discolouration of the teeth.
Who can get teeth whitening done?
We also typically recommend that the patient be of-age and have all their adult teeth. It’s important to us that the patient be old enough to understand the nature of the treatment and be mature enough to consent to the procedure on their own.
Are there any risks to getting teeth whitening done?
How do I maintain the appearance of my teeth following a whitening treatment?
How many visits will I need to make to the dentist to have my teeth whitened?
In most cases, you’ll only need to book a single appointment with us to have your teeth whitened. We typically encourage our patients to book a consultation and check-up before committing to a tooth whitening procedure, though. This will help us ensure that your choice of cosmetic procedure doesn’t pose any risk of exacerbating existing issues with your teeth.