At Main Beach Dental, there is one question about cosmetic dentistry that we hear most often, “How can I make my teeth whiter?” Everyone wants a great smile, and white teeth are part of that.
The answer to this question is that teeth whitening in a dental office has become increasingly common, safe, affordable, and effective.
And in comparison to whitening products available in stores, or DIY products found on websites, the whitening products at Main Beach Dental are safer, stronger, and allow maximum contact with your teeth, which means they take less time than other approaches.
At the same time, there are also strategies you can follow to maintain the level of brightness you currently have, or the one you will have after treatment.
Causes of discolouration
Discolouration and staining take place in the enamel, on the very outside of the teeth.
This staining and discolouration have two categories:
- Intrinsic (or internal) staining, which can result from trauma, excessive fluoride exposure while teeth are developing, or some kinds of medication.
- Extrinsic (or external) staining, which can result from poor oral hygiene, smoking, and heavy consumption of tea, coffee, red wine or staining foods.
Managing potential discolouration
Here are some specific causes and what you can do to avoid them.
Food and drink
To prevent and manage:
- Wash your mouth with water after consuming staining foods
- Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production.
- Use anti-stain toothpaste. Be careful, though, as this kind of toothpaste contains abrasives that can harm enamel.
- Brush twice daily and floss once.
- Have your teeth cleaned regularly at Main Beach Dental. We usually see patients every six months to remove dental plaque/bacteria, calculus/hardened tartar, and superficial staining.
Age contributes to discolouration – as our enamel thins, our yellow dentin begins to show through.
This process is natural and cannot be halted, but it can be managed.
- Use a very soft toothbrush and don’t attack the tooth surface while brushing.
Intrinsic staining can result from injury, medicines, and excessive fluoride exposure while teeth are developing.
- Avoid medications that stain teeth.
- Monitor your child’s fluoride intake.
- Use a mouthguard or protective splint while playing sports or sleeping.
How to Treat Stained or Discoloured Teeth
So, how can you achieve whiter teeth? We’ve already mentioned the necessity of regular check-ups and cleans to maintaining white teeth, but we can also help.
We offer various ways to amplify tooth whiteness, including chemical whitening and cosmetic dentistry.
At Main Beach Dental, we offer two chemical whitening solutions. When you decide which one is right for you, consider your reason for wanting to whiten and how quickly you need it.
In-chair whitening is almost instantaneous, while our at-home kits take about two weeks.
In-chair whitening uses whitening peroxide, activated by shining a special light, and the treatment is complete within two hours.
You can walk in with one shade of teeth, and walk out with a tone that is eight shades brighter!
At-home whitening uses custom-designed trays to apply a gel to your teeth. Fill the trays with whitening gel and apply them daily.
At-home whitening has three advantages:
- It places you in control, allowing you to determine how white your teeth should be.
- It is its own maintenance system – you can touch up your whitening whenever you wish
It allows sensitive patients to control their own whitening procedure.
At-home whitening also serves, later, as its own maintenance system, allowing you to control the whiteness of your teeth.
Keep in mind that if you have fillings or appliances in your front teeth, they will not be brightened by either chemical approach.
It is essential to follow post-treatment recommendations to avoid having your teeth revert to a discoloured condition.
Don’t smoke for at least 24 hours (In fact, it is best if you quit entirely). We also recommend you avoid pigmented foods and drinks for at least 24 hours after whitening.
What are the risks involved?
The primary risk is sensitivity, but there are gels and toothpaste to deal with this.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin porcelain caps cemented onto the face of your front teeth to achieve a pleasing result.
They can be placed on one or all of your front teeth and can also treat teeth that are discoloured and also have other cosmetic issues.
Dental Care at Main Beach Dental
At Main Beach Dental, our #1 priority is your dental health.
Our team is highly trained registered dentists with first-class clinical skills who work together to provide you with comprehensive dental services.
We provide gentle, skilled care for all dental conditions and work with you to prevent disease, decay, and too many dental appointments in the future. Our commitment to our patients is dental health for a lifetime!
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