Very few people have perfectly white teeth and over time they can also become stained and discoloured. Just as our hair and skin vary in colour so do our teeth.
Teeth whitening could be the way to bring the sparkle back to your smile. Here are the answers to the most comm teeth whitening frequently asked questions to help you decide.
#1 What is teeth whitening?
#2 Who can carry out teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a dental procedure and as such should only be performed by a dentist or other dental regulated professional such as a dental nurse or dental hygienist.
Teeth whitening is sometimes offered as a service in beauty or hairdressing salons. Unless there is a dental professional present during the treatment, or carrying out the treatment, this service is illegal and you could be putting your oral health at risk The use of home whitening kits can also be risky.
#3 What causes my teeth to discolour?
If you love an Indian curry, brush your teeth as soon as possible after you have eaten. The colourful spices in your food are a notorious tooth stainer.
Black is the worst. Adding just a splash of milk can help to lessen the effects of staining.
Here the tannin is to blame for the staining. So avoid dark tea or alternatively opt for green or herbal teas.
Deep reds and purples paired up with tannin is probably one of the worst culprits for teeth staining. If you are a lover of a drop of red just make sure that you rinse you mouth out regularly.
#4 Is everyone eligible for teeth whitening?
No they are not, let us explain:
Note that teeth whitening does not change the colour of any crowns, veneers or fillings that you might have, which may mean that a teeth whitening procedure wouldn’t be right for you.
Alternatively, if you are dead set on having your teeth whitened, there is the option of changing any fillings, crowns or veneers to match your new whiter shade.
Some dental health problems can prevent a teeth whitening procedure being carried out, such as gum disease, receding gums or tooth decay for example.
A consultation with you dentist will be able to confirm if you are suitable to undergo teeth whitening.