Do you have discoloured teeth?
Sometimes, even the best oral habits and daily brushing and flossing can’t prevent the discolouration of your teeth over time.
What causes discoloured teeth?
Teeth discolouration can be caused by a variety of factors, including coffee and wine drinking, smoking and age. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discolouration.
Should I be whitening my teeth?
Not everyone’s teeth are suitable for whitening. If your teeth and gums are not in a healthy condition before you whiten, the procedure may cause more damage.
How can I find out if my teeth are suitable for whitening?
The safest way is to visit us at the Brisbane Smile Centre and will make an assessment of your teeth and gums to determine your suitability for treatment.
When assessing your teeth for whitening, the dentist will:
- Ensure your mouth is healthy before whitening commences
- Look for grey or yellow discolouration and diagnose the cause of any discolouration
- Discuss with you the best method to whiten your teeth
- Advise if there are factors which may influence the whitening process (e.g. antibiotic staining)
- Assess whether your fillings, crowns and veneers need replacement (as these won’t change colour)
- Identify areas of gum recession
- Discuss possible tooth sensitivity and how it may be managed
- A professional cleaning may be advised to help the treatment penetrate deeper and more evenly.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Years of extensive research and clinical studies confirm teeth whitening under the supervision of a dental professional is safe.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth Whitening is not a permanent procedure it depends on your personal habits such as if you are a smoker, drink tea, coffee and red wine. Your newly brightened smile can be maintained with good dental hygiene habits, routine dental checkups and cleaning. It is also recommend to use the take home whitening trays to touch-up the whitening as required.