The Route To Whiter Teeth – 5 Ways
Helping To Maintain Attractive Teeth Throughout Your Life.
Most patients of our Streatham dental practice will probably have noticed that their teeth lose some whiteness as they become older. There can be many reasons for this, but the good news is that discolouration can be delayed and even reversed with appropriate teeth whitening treatments.
In today’s blog post, we offer some thoughts on how you can delay any discolouration for as long as possible, and what we can offer, at the Confidental Clinic, when your teeth do finally succumb to a darker appearance.
Ultimately, how well we take care of our teeth will have an impact on their colour. Poor or irregular brushing, for example, not only means the possibility of problems such as tooth decay, but may also result in a buildup of tartar on the teeth. This forms a rough surface that allows staining materials to stick to them more easily.
Avoid staining products
Some foods such as dark coloured berries are known to stain teeth. The main culprits though appear to be drinks, with tea and red wine being two of the worst for staining due to their high tannin content. Whilst cutting these out altogether may be a big ask for some people, you can reduce the effect of the tannins by swilling water around the mouth afterwards. Remember too, that smoking is one of the worst things that you can do, both for the colour of your teeth and your health in general, so it is well worth making the effort to quit.
Over time, even with the best will in the world, it is likely that most people will experience at least some surface staining on their teeth. In most cases this will be removable using a scale and polish procedure at our Streatham dentists. This is performed by the dental hygienist using an ultrasonic device that shatters hardened deposits. This a non painful procedure that also helps us to have healthier gums.
Teeth whitening procedure
Whilst some surface staining can be removed using the method above, this will not affect any discolouration caused by the darkening of the inner part of the teeth. This is a process that occurs naturally as we get older and is unavoidable. This internal part of the tooth though, can be lightened using our non-invasive teeth whitening procedure, resulting in whiter teeth again
A teeth whitening procedure works well for most patients, however, very badly stained teeth, such as those of a heavy smoker perhaps, may benefit more from having dental veneers fitted. These replace the badly stained or cracked surfaces of the front of your teeth using a fine layer of porcelain. Veneers are relatively non porous and should remain white and attractive for many years with appropriate care.
If you are dissatisfied with the way that your teeth look, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures here at our Streatham practice. Our cosmetic dentists will be happy to examine your teeth and discuss the best treatments available to restore your smile.
Please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8674 2052.