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Teeth Whitening

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?

FAQ

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?
Provided there are no existing issues to resolve. Virtually anyone can have their teeth whitened. Exceptions to that rule include pregnant or breastfeeding women or those with issues such as receding gums, decay, or damaged tooth enamel.

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?
When performed by a dental professional, teeth whitening is a safe procedure that doesn’t pose any great risk to a patient’s oral or general health. Some patients report sensitivity in the days following treatment, though this is primarily an issue that will resolve itself in a matter of days.
How do I maintain the appearance of my teeth following a whitening treatment?
All the usual advice still stands. Following treatment, we encourage our patients to revisit their daily habits and commit to ensuring that what they do aligns with their best oral health. This will involve brushing twice a day, flossing daily and using mouthwash, minimising your exposure to foods and substances that can bring about discolouration, and booking in for regular check-ups with your dentist.
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.