Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

If yellowing or stains on your teeth are affecting your confidence, a whitening treatment may be worth considering. Remember that teeth naturally begin to turn yellower and darker as we get older. The things we do in our everyday lives, consuming certain foods and beverages contribute to the discolouration of our teeth. Tea, coffee, and red wine are often blamed as the main culprits, but in reality even a healthy diet will result in some staining. The good news is that some of the staining caused by diet is ‘external’, and can be removed by your dentist. 

However, sometimes teeth discolouration requires more complicated treatment from your dentist. If you have dental trauma from an accident, you have naturally ‘dark’ teeth, or you have teeth that came through already discoloured, this type of staining is ‘internal’ and conventional polishing techniques won’t work for you.

Crowns, veneers, fillings, and dentures will not whiten.

Whitening Options

At home whitening ‘trays’

This involves your dentist taking an ‘impression’ of your teeth and making custom fitted trays. You will then take the trays and bleaching gel home and apply as directed by your dentist. Make sure you follow their instructions as not doing so can cause damage to your teeth and gums.

Putting more bleach in than recommended does not make your teeth whiter, it just increases the risk you will burn your gums!

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Professional whitening by your dentist

Dentists are allowed to use a higher concentration of bleach than you are at home, and often offer ‘in-chair’ whitening at the dental practice. This involves painting your teeth with stronger bleach and activating it using an ultraviolet light or a laser, often with immediate results. Follow up whitening using trays at home is often recommended.

Sometimes your dentist will need to replace old and stained fillings that will not change colour with the bleaching process.

Whitening teeth without proper instruction by a dentist can be dangerous and could result in permanent damage to your teeth and gums. A regular professional dental clean will keep the external stains to a minimum, and if you have old fillings or crowns, your dentist may recommend replacements or veneers to brighten your smile.

If you’ve been told your teeth are not suitable for bleaching, remember there’s more than one way to brighten a tooth! Regular flossing and brushing reduces stains and keeps teeth at optimum health. Depending on your circumstances, your dentist may suggest including whitening toothpaste in your daily regime.

“The best way to have white teeth and keep them white is great oral hygiene that includes a sensible diet, drinking plenty of water, flossing and brushing correctly, and regular check-ups at your d

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