Discoloured teeth are not uncommon – which is not a surprise, given the nation’s love of coffee, tea and wine. Nearly half of the population are unhappy with their smile, with a further 64% putting this down to discoloured teeth. Nowadays there is a whole spectrum of smile-brightening treatments available – but which is the best for you?
So, what’s the best way to tackle those pesky stains? Teeth whitening and stain removal are common treatments, but it is often difficult to know which one will have the most beneficial results.
The result is instance leaving you with smooth, bright, clean teeth you will want to show off all day. It’s ideal for those with extrinsic staining – coffee, red wine, smoking. This can be achieved during a routine hygiene appointment where the teeth are cleaned to remove staining and any plaque deposits, which can be soft and hard. The teeth are then polished at the end with conventional polish.
Professional whitening is the only way to actually change the colour of teeth. It is a safe and effective way to improve your appearance, boost self-confidence and appear more youthful.
Developments in whitening technology means the process has become easy to do with minimal fuss or mess. The way whitening works is there is a chemical reaction that breaks apart the carbon bonds that create yellow stains. Once the bonds are broken, they no longer reflect a yellow shade.
Using the Enlighten technology at Treeline Dental Care gives us access to a system that well researched and gives very predictable results.
So, what is the secret to maintaining a bright, white smile?
- Invest in an electric toothbrush. Brush twice a day and be sure to include some form of cleaning in between the teeth, either with floss or inter-dental brushes.
- Have regular dental and hygiene appointments. Visit the dentist at least once a year and the hygienist a minimum of twice a year to keep your smile gleaming.
- Use a straw for your drinks and try and rinse your mouth with water after consuming dark-coloured foods and drinks. Keep acids and sugars to meal times only, and aim for no more than three to four sugar/acid attacks per day.
- Chewing gum is not just for freshening breath. Sugar-free gum increases salivary flow, which can neutralise plaque acids, help remove food debris, strengthen teeth and reduce dry mouth. I suggest only opting for chewing gums with Xylitol as an ingredient, as it can help fight tooth decay too.
- Make lifestyle changes – quit smoking or cut back on the red wine and coffee. Your body will thank you and so will your teeth!