Whiten your teeth

Whiten Your TeethAs you grow older you teeth can become discoloured and stained.

Tobacco, coffee, cavities, aging and drugs all cause discolouration in teeth.

Here are some remedies in order of increasing intensity that may help treat your discolouration:

Brush and floss regularly to reduce or prevent stains.

Try whitening toothpastes. These only partly whiten teeth, make sure the toothpaste has been clinically proved to whiten teeth effectively. There are not many whitening toothpastes that have undergone any types of clinical trials, and it is important to be aware that toothpastes that are too abrasive can damage teeth or make them very sensitive.

Get regular dental cleanings, which remove many food and tobacco stains. No amount of cleaning will remove the severe staining left by tetracycline or systemic disease because these pigments lie inside the tooth; you’ll have to take more aggressive measures against these.

Consider these two options – in-office and at-home treatments for bleaching your teeth. A dentist performs in-office treatments by coating the teeth with a bleaching agent, then using periodic flashes of light to activate the solution. Treatments last 30 to 60 minutes, and the complete procedure often requires several appointments. In at-home treatments, patients wear a mouth guard fitted with bleaching gel 2 hours a day for two weeks, depending on the severity of staining.

Think about getting veneers, they are custom-made shells bonded to the teeth with resins. This procedure often requires removing a small amount of tooth structure and is the most invasive as well as the most expensive treatment option.

It is important to know that no bleaching method can permanently whiten teeth, and all require repeated treatments, especially if the factor that caused staining still exists.

Please note: all of the bleaching mechanisms described here can cause tooth sensitivity, usually temporary (lasting up to several weeks).

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