Everybody loves a set of gleaming, white teeth. But, throughout the years, no matter how strict you are with your dental hygiene, you’ll notice that your smile is tainted by discolouration — a problem that is caused primarily by ageing and diet.
Although a lot of people are satisfied with the shine they get from brushing twice daily and flossing regularly, there are cases when you’ll require more than that. The good thing is, there is already a wealth of teeth whitening products and procedures available to help you go beyond regular care and to further enhance your smile.
If you are looking to renew your smile, first you need to understand why your teeth tend to discolour.
Primary Causes of Yellow Teeth
There are several factors that contribute to tooth discolouration, but the primary reasons are ageing and poor dental habits.
Ageing – as you age, your enamel thins out due to abrasion and acid either from diet or acid reflux, allowing the yellowish hue of dentin (the tissue underneath the enamel) to show through.
Poor Dental Hygiene – certain foods and drinks such as citrus fruits and coffee as well as habits including smoking can stain your teeth and, inadequate oral care may not be enough to remove plaque and prevent tooth discolouration.
Best Teeth Whitening Options
Whitening toothpaste help whiten teeth by removing surface stains such as those caused by caffeine or smoking. It typically consists of special abrasives and chemicals that help polish the teeth and dissolve stains. However, this toothpaste is only good for surface stains and don’t have the ability to lighten the natural yellowish shade of your teeth.
Paint-On Teeth Whitening
Paint-on teeth whitening is a treatment that requires no device or appliance. Instead, you use an applicator (whitening pen) to apply or paint the bleaching agent directly to the clean, dry surface of your teeth. This option provides immediate whitening results. However, it can have minor side effects including teeth sensitivity and irritation.
Teeth whitening strips are thin plastic strips with a film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. This treatment works by placing strips on both the upper and lower teeth for about 30 minutes, twice daily. The duration of the treatment typically takes about two weeks and its results can last for about four months.
Tray whitening is another in-home whitening procedure that uses bleaching agents, only it is in a form of a gel that is applied to a mouth guard. This method requires professional supervision as you will need a custom-fitted tray that can only be dispensed by a dentist. Your dentist will also prescribe the amount of time you will wear the tray. The drawback of this treatment is that it can take longer and the results are more gradual.
Professional Whitening (Zoom laser)
In-chair Zoom teeth whitening procedures are by far the safest and most-effective treatment to make the colour of your teeth whiter instantly. Our clinic in Miranda offers Philips Zoom teeth whitening that is clinically proven to provide superior results in 45 minutes. It can get your teeth up to eight shades whiter and will last for about 6 months even a year given the proper touch-up treatments occasionally.
Schedule a visit with your dentist today to learn the best whitening treatment for you!
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