Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Tooth discoloration may due to a variety of causes. The most common include ageing, trauma to the tooth and consumption of substances that can cause stains to form such as coffee, tea, cigarettes, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration. People who drink significant amounts of cola soft drinks can also have staining on their teeth.
Apart from staining, there are other factors that can affect the colour of an individual’s teeth like genetics that can play a role with differing shades of enamel in different people. Disease and certain medications may also be contributing factors in the teeth discoloration.
Effects of Tooth Discoloration
Tooth discoloration may cause embarrassment and lack of self-esteem. With Tooth whitening, a bright sparkling smile can make a big difference to the individual concerned.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to remove stains and discoloration, as well as lighten pigmentation within the teeth. It is basically a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. Regardless, your teeth will be noticeably whiter after bleaching. The entire procedure takes less than an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by about less than an hour of bleaching. A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual whitening procedure.
Significant whitening can be achieved in most cases immediately or within 24 hours after treatment. Almost anyone can go for this procedure. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others as it depends on your teeth structure. Your dental professional can determine if you are the right candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment… Teeth stained by antibiotics and teeth with traumatic injury or root canal treatment, do not always respond immediately and may require further treatment. Tooth coloured fillings, veneers, bonding, and porcelain crowns will not whiten at all or evenly with your natural teeth during this procedure. There may be side effects of tooth sensitivity since the whitening solution reacts with the pigments causing the pigments to disperse which whitens the tooth. The whitening solution does not cause any damage to the tooth or the tooth structure.
Whitening teeth when done under the supervision of a dentist is generally a safe and effective procedure. It is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
We offer teeth whitening treatments to fit in with your schedule and individual goals in two types:
Office bleach:- Professional teeth whitening (whitening performed by a dentist in their office) may be the best choice for those people who need immediate teeth whitening results. In just an hour or two of appointment time a dentist can apply the bleaching gel, “activate” it with their light or a laser, and then you’re finished. Your smile shows whitening results the very same day of your very first bleaching treatment
Home bleach:- The take home system. On your first visit we’ll take an impression your upper & lower mouth arch – enclosing the teeth you wish to have whitened. We then create a tray that is moulded to the scalloped lines of your gums. You try on the custom made tray we created for your mouth during your second appointment and if necessary adjustments can be made for a comfortable fit.
Teeth Whitening Procedures Can Help:
- Lighten coffee-stained teeth.
- Remove cigarette and tobacco discolorations.
- Correct yellowing in teeth due to aging.
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily.