It’s inevitable that over time your teeth will become stained or discoloured. But the good news is that there is lots of ways that you can brighten, whiten and enhance your smile. We take a look at what causes stains and the different ways that you can improve your smile, with professional teeth whitening or with a home teeth whitening kit. It really is a great feeling being able to wear your smile with confidence!
After all, with many of us striving to achieve the perfect set of pearly whites, it’s unsurprising that whitening procedures are continuing to increase in popularity. Linked to increased employment opportunities and a successful love life, a white smile is now considered a key lifestyle assist.
Staining on your teeth can be caused by a number of day-to-day factors such as the foods you eat, drinks you consume and even your bad habits such as smoking, biting your nails and biting the top of pen lids!
There are two different types of staining which may already be familiar with – extrinsic and intrinsic. They might be a mouthful but it is pretty simple to distinguish one from the other…
Extrinsic stains – these tend to appear on the surface of your teeth and can be improved by cleaning with a dental hygienist.
Intrinsic stains – these tend to live in-between the microcracks in your enamel and can even appear deep within your dentine – the layer of your tooth that sits underneath your enamel. These can be improved by professional teeth whitening either in a dental surgery or by using a home teeth whitening kit.
But how can you tackle stained or yellow teeth?
The answer is, lots of ways! Many people choose to use teeth whitening toothpastes in order to enhance the look and feel of their smiles, and although these can help to some extent, they often fail to produce the desired results patients are looking to achieve. This is because despite being able to remove some extrinsic strains, whilst doing so, they have been known to cause abrasion and sensitivity.
Visit your hygienist before teeth whitening
It’s often a good idea to visit your hygienist first before deciding on the best course of treatment when it comes to brightening and whitening your smile!
Plaque and tarter naturally build up on your teeth over time, which can cause your whitening procedure to be less effective!
Of course, after having your teeth cleaned, you might find that this has made a huge difference to the look and feel of your smile, so much so that you do not require a professional treatment.
But what if I am still unhappy with the appearance of my teeth?
Cleaning will only remove the surface staining, and will not change the colour of your teeth. So, if you are still unhappy, you might want to consider investing in professional teeth whitening treatment.
And there are two main options to choose from – in-surgery and home whitening. Before deciding on the best course of action for your needs, you should always consult with your dentist who will be able to advice you on the best treatment for your individual requirements.
What’s the difference?
In-surgery whitening takes place in the surgery and involves your dentist painting a special whitening gel onto your teeth. To enhance the process and achieve high impact results, they will often use a light. Also known as laser teeth whitening, the procedure is known to achieve rapid, high impact results in a safe and professional environment.
Whitening your teeth at home
Home treatment is continuing to increase in popularity mainly due to the fact that it is super easy to do, flexible and just as impactful. Your dentist will provide you with a personalised home teeth whitening kit, which you can use to apply a specialist gel to your teeth. Despite being more of a gradual process, results are very good, and allows patients the freedom to whiten their teeth at a time that suits them.
Of course, if you’re looking to achieve the ultimate set of pearly whites, you could always opt to combine both treatments.