Teeth whitening can be a simple, safe and quick way to refresh your smile. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results can be quite dramatic. An hour in a dental chair can transform stained or discoloured teeth into a whiter smile.
Causes of discoloured teeth
There are various reasons why teeth become discoloured. Some people are simply born with yellowish teeth while, for others, their teeth yellow as they age.
The biggest cause of stained teeth is due to what is put in the mouth. Smoking, coffee, tea and red wine can all colour the teeth. And, of course, the more you partake, the worse the staining will be. Dark foods such as beetroot, cherries and mulberries can also stain the teeth.
Finally, various medications may also make the teeth look yellow and stained. Fortunately, teeth whitening treatments work effectively on the vast majority of people.
Is whitening right for you?
A thorough dental examination is the best way to determine whether you’re an appropriate candidate for whitening, or if there’s a reason to your teeth discolouration that needs to be addressed first. After all, you may have an underlying dental problem that needs treatment rather than a course of teeth whitening.
Teeth or gum sensitivity and fillings may prevent the use of some products. A short discussion with your dentist will reveal if there is an alternative solution for you.