We all love a bright, white smile. For most of us it’s a sign of health and vitality and helps us to feel confident and happy in ourselves as we go about our daily lives. It’s something we notice when we meet someone for the first time and often influences our initial impressions.
There are two categories of staining that can affect your teeth. Extrinsic staining occurs on the outer layer of the teeth while intrinsic causes discolouration of the inner tooth structure itself.
For those who are looking for whiter teeth, there’s good news. Both can be treated with a number of options now available from your dentist.
External staining is caused by drink and food like red wine, coffee, tea, the spices in food, and, of course, cigarettes. Stains can be made worse when dental bacterial plaque becomes involved or when the mouth is dry. It doesn’t take long for your teeth to suffer discolouration and become unsightly.
Internal tooth staining is a natural result of ageing and affects the inner layer of dentin. It can also occur after something like root canal treatment where the actual tooth structure can turn dry and brittle.
Daily brushing and regular flossing can both help minimize discolouration. It also helps to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist every so often. Most dentists will recommend that you rinse your mouth with water after drinking something like wine or coffee.
There are also a number of other safe treatments that can be used to whiten your teeth and maintain a nicer smile.
High gloss polish hygiene
At the Alkali Dental Studio in London you can get ultrasonic deep cleansing which can remove plaque and tartar. This is followed by extended jet wash cleaning, which helps to get rid of stains, and 3 grades of deep fluoride glass polishing paste that all contribute to giving you a brighter and smoother looking smile.
This is one of our more extensive hygiene options and is perfect for those with stained teeth who would like a deep cleansing or who haven’t been to see their dentist in a while.
Professional tooth whitening products
You can also choose from professional home teeth whitening systems that consist of trays, and gels. With a professional system, your dentist will make a custom-fitted mold for your teeth that can then be filled with a mild whitening gel. The gel seeps into the outer and middle layers of your teeth, whitening them over time.
With this method, composite resin is used to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolour them. The dentist roughens the surface of your teeth with an etching solution and then applies the resin to your tooth. This is sculpted, coloured and shaped to fit in with your other teeth. A high-intensity light is then used to harden the material which can be polished to produce a pleasing and long lasting effect.
Many people go for the option of covering their stained teeth with porcelain dental veneers. Cosmetic dentistry has made great advances in the last ten years and porcelain veneers can dramatically transform the way you look.
They provide a flexible option for getting that big bright smile. You can use porcelain veneers to mask a variety of problem areas from stains to chips and crooked teeth. Having them fitted is a quick and easy process – usually with one visit to the dentist – and they require little prepping compared to other cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Stained teeth are difficult to avoid, especially as time passes. And we would all like a stain-resistant smile. Regular brushing and flossing can help maintain your teeth and visiting a cosmetic dentist, such as Alkali Dental Studio in Putney, London, can provide you with a wide range of options that can help restore the bright white smile of your youth.