Teeth whitening for a bright smile
A bright, healthy smile can really help with a person’s confidence but unfortunately, not all of us have pearly, white teeth which we are pleased to show off. Find out more about teeth whitening and how it can make a difference.
What can change my teeth colour?
There are a few reasons why teeth can stain and yellow, and the most common is from food and drinks. A memorable rule is that if it can stain a teacup, it can also discolour tooth enamel. So, tea, coffee, curries, red wine, and soy sauce are all common causes. Acidic foods like sugary sweets can erode tooth enamel, clearing the way for dark pigments to stick to the tooth’s surface. Also smoking is another factor in staining and damaging teeth.
The dentine in the inner structure of the tooth can be affected by medication or mouthwash, sometimes discolour the tooth. Increasing age, genetics, illness, and tooth damage can also cause yellow teeth.
Benefits of teeth whitening
People generally desire whiter teeth because they want to feel more confident about their smile. So, although there is no physical benefit of teeth whitening, it can make a person feel more positive. Many people become self-conscious about their smile when they feel their teeth are discoloured, which can affect their confidence and willingness to smile.
What are teeth whitening solutions?
At-home whitening and In-Office whitening are two main options for teeth whitening with at-home being the most common method. At-home whitening uses custom made plastic trays made from moulds of your teeth which are then used to hold the hydrogen peroxide whitening gel next to the teeth surfaces. At home whitening uses a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide gels and is a gentler way to whitening the teeth reducing the risk of sensitivity. Home whitening can take two to three weeks to achieve the desired colour change. The trays are loaded with the whitening gel and are generally worn for an hour each day.
The other way to whiten teeth is called In-Office whitening which is carried out in the dentist’s chair using a much higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide whitening gel and accelerated using a blue UV light. Treatment usually takes 60-90 minutes, and it gives a kick-start to the whitening process reducing the time it takes for the teeth to whiten. For longer lasting results, we would recommend using at home whitening trays.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
It does not hurt to get your teeth whitened; however, it can cause teeth to feel a little sensitive for a few days after the treatment is completed. You can use sensitive toothpaste for a week before and after whitening treatment and avoid hot and cold foods and beverages and remember to brush twice daily and floss every day.
How can I make my tooth whitening last?
- Avoid ‘staining’ drinks for a couple of days after teeth whitening and use a straw when you can.
- After drinking tea and coffee, always rinse your mouth with water.
- Brush your teeth with whitening toothpaste.
Book an appointment and discuss the teeth whitening treatments which are most suited for you with your dentist. A professional clean can also help to remove external stains.
Our nib Dental dentists are available 7 days a week. Start the New Year off with a whiter smile and enjoy the self-confidence it will bring.