Your smile is one of the first things a person will notice when you meet. If you have stained, dull, or discoloured teeth, teeth whitening may be an excellent option for you.
Even healthy teeth discolour over time. The leading causes of stained teeth are:
- Certain foods
As we age, our teeth darken as well.
Teeth whitening is a simple and effective way to brighten your smile. You can look younger and feel more confident with a whiter smile.
Who can do teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.
You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks.
Whether you are self-conscious because you have yellowed teeth from smoking or drinking coffee, or if you just want to look your best, tooth whitening is a sure way to brighten your smile and gain increased confidence in your appearance.
Some of the benefits of teeth whitening may include:
Easiest anti-ageing procedure yet discovered
Confers confidence and self-esteem
The most conservative way to whiten teeth
Oral health care is improved
How To Maintain Your Teeth Whitening Results?
All teeth whitening options provided by our cosmetic dental practice in Milton Keynes are designed to be long-lasting. How you care for your teeth after treatment will, however, have a more direct role in the amount of time your results are visible than anything our dentists can do.
Fortunately, maintaining teeth whitening results is relatively easy. In many cases, it doesn’t even require much adjustment to routines you already have in place. You can work towards keeping your teeth bright and beautiful by:
- Not smoking, chewing, or otherwise using products with nicotine
- Reducing your intake of coffee, tea, and red wine
- Drinking sodas and sports drinks through a straw
- Reducing your intake of dark foods like berries and sauces
- Washing away stain causers with foods that stimulate saliva production such as apples, strawberries, celery, carrots, and pears
- Swishing water in your mouth after eating or drinking so that stain causers don’t sit on your teeth
In addition to these steps, you can help keep your teeth white by brushing after every meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a slightly abrasive toothpaste. Remember, some types of toothpaste can scratch and damage dental restorations.
We offer Pärla® tabs at our office, a gentle next-generation eco-friendly toothpaste that helps fight sensitivity. It contains Vitamin E & B12 to support a healthy immune system.
Proper dental hygiene can go a long way in keeping your teeth stain-free. Good teeth cleaning habits will fight the presence of cavity-causing bacteria and the food debris that leads to yellowing. Part of a solid oral hygiene routine is twice-yearly visits to our dental practice in Milton Keynes for professional cleanings and examinations. During these visits, we will help you maintain your tooth whitening results by removing surface stains and gently polishing your teeth. If it has been more than six months since your last cleaning, call us today to schedule your next appointment.
Is Teeth Whitening Bad for Your Teeth?
Teeth whitening is not bad for your teeth. The bleaching process can, however, cause temporary tooth sensitivity. Some products available through cosmetic dentists are even formulated with potassium nitrate and fluoride to reduce sensitivity and increase enamel strength.
When whitening is completed with over-the-counter application trays, solution seepage may occur. This can irritate soft oral tissue and increase tooth sensitivity and is one of the many reasons it makes sense to work with a dentist when it’s time to whiten your teeth.