Have you noticed your teeth changing colour? Are your teeth looking darker no matter how well you clean them?
Stained and discoloured teeth are a common complaint amongst patients. Whilst diet plays a large part in what can cause staining, the truth is as we get older, our teeth will naturally get darker.
What causes discolouration:
There are many reasons why our teeth discolour
- Diet: red wine, coffee, tea, currys, and turmeric (all of the good stuff) can cause staining on the outer surface of the teeth
- Smoking: chemicals from the cigarette can cause staining on the outer surface of the enamel
- Medication: the use of certain antibiotics or exposure to excessive fluoride during childhood and cause the inner part of the tooth to stain
- Ageing: this is where the inner and outer part of the teeth darken over time
- Trauma: a sudden, hard knock to a tooth can cause the tooth to devitalise and go grey. Excessive grinding on a tooth over a long period of time can cause the tooth to go yellow.
- Tooth wear and loss of enamel-this exposes the darker underlying tooth structure.
Can I prevent my teeth from becoming stained and discoloured?
Yes, by maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene this is done by brushing twice and flossing once a day and by regularly seeing a hygiene therapist.
One easy step is to reduce the amount of stain-causing foods and drinks in your diet, such as tea, and to stop smoking.
We may need to look at other solutions to reverse discolouration due to medication, ageing and trauma.
What are the other solutions to reversing discolouration?
Depending on the extent of discolouration and what your goals are, you can have:
– professional cleaning and stain removal
- Tooth whitening
Professional tooth cleaning and stain removal is an excellent way to remove staining on the outer part of your teeth. It is a good place to start before you try any other options
Tooth whitening is a safe and effective treatment option. It gives the most natural look by lightening your teeth a few shades. We use peroxide gel in bespoke custom-made trays that you can wear during the day for a few hours or at night. Tooth whitening can be used to change one discoloured tooth, such as in trauma or all of your teeth. It can take 2-4 weeks to see results.
These are thin shells of either porcelain or composite material that fit over your teeth and can instantly change the appearance of your teeth. Veneers also have the added benefit of changing the size and shape of your teeth. They are perfect for cases of moderate to severe discolouration. It can take 4-6 weeks to change your smile.
How do I know what option is best for me?
At Chapel Dental our dentists can assess your needs and help you to make the best choice for you and your oral health. We also offer 0% finance plans to help with your budget.