If your teeth have gone yellow, you can bring back the sparkle and brightness with a procedure called Teeth Whitening. It is natural for teeth to lose their sheen and turn yellow with age. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can give you a bright white smile and bring back your confidence.

There are over the counter products available to whiten your teeth at home, but for reliable results, it is always better to get it done at a dental clinic.

What is involved in the teeth whitening procedure?

At our dental clinic, the teeth whitening procedure begins with an oral examination. We will also take the oral medical history information at this time – this helps us know the likely causes and extent of stains, and if any teeth restorations need to be done. There are two types of discoloration – extrinsic and intrinsic. The treatment options are also different for each type.

Extrinsic discolouration is seen where teeth are stained because of food and drinks such as coffee, tea, wine etc. Smoking is also another main reason for extrinsic discoloration of teeth.

Stains develop from inside the teeth when you have had dental problems like cavities and that needed root canal treatment. Also, if your mother had used antibiotics during pregnancy, it may have resulted in intrinsic yellowing of your teeth. External whiteners are not of any use in these cases.

In cases where the root canal has darkened after a root canal, bleaching material can be applied to the inside of the tooth and whiten it. If the intrinsic staining cannot be removed by bleach, you may also consider other treatment options like veneers and crowns.

Luckily, most staining is extrinsic and cane be completely removed at the dental clinic.

The Procedure

Before the procedure starts, we take care to make sure gums and surrounding tissues are protected. One option is to use a teeth whitening tray that contain whitening products. When the teeth are placed in them, the stains get broken down due to the oxygen released and reduces the intensity of discoloration.

There is also another teeth whitening option which involves applying the whitening agent to the teeth and using light or laser. This is a quick procedure that gives excellent results.

Causes of stains

Some people believe that once you do the whitening treatment, then the stains disappear and do not come back. Whitening does bring brightness to your teeth but you need to be aware that if you continue with the same lifestyle habits then staining can happen again.

Some of the common causes for stains are drinking coffee, tea, wine, or cola. Pigments present in these drinks can affect the dental enamel and stain them. Teeth have the ability to absorb the stains.

Tobacco usage by smoking or chewing is also another prominent reason. Chemicals like nicotine cause very stubborn stains on the teeth. Aging and trauma caused to the oral region are also known to cause staining of teeth.

Do you have any more questions about the teeth whitening procedure? If yes, give us a call right away. Our friendly staff at the clinic will answer your questions and suggest the best option for your specific needs.

If you do need teeth whitening, remember it’s a quick procedure that can be performed during your lunch hour. Fix an appointment with us and you can walk out with a gorgeous white smile that will turn heads.

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