Scientific research shows us that flashing a bright smile is always the right move. It is associated with more success, confidence, and even better romantic outcomes! Unfortunately, as we age our teeth tend to become more yellow, for reasons that can be controlled and some that can’t.
But because a shining smile is so important, it is also important to know what causes yellow teeth, what can be done to prevent them, and what treatment can do to ‘solve’ yellow teeth.
At EK Dental Surgery, we are experts in helping patients avoid yellow teeth, and restoring yellow teeth to a brighter, shinier state!
Causes of Yellow Teeth
According to WebMD there are several causes of tooth discoloration, including:
Foods/drinks. Coffee, tea, colas, wines, and certain fruits and vegetables (for example, apples and potatoes) can stain your teeth.
Tobacco use. Smoking or chewing tobacco can stain teeth.
Poor dental hygiene. Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash to remove plaque and stain-producing substances like coffee and tobacco can cause tooth discoloration.
Disease. Several diseases that affect enamel and dentin can lead to tooth discolouration. Treatments for certain conditions can also affect tooth color. For example, head and neck radiation and chemotherapy can cause teeth discoloration.
Medications. Tetracycline and doxycycline are known to discolor teeth when given to children whose teeth are still developing. Antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and drugs for high blood pressure also cause discoloration.
Dental materials. Some of the materials used in dentistry, such as amalgam restorations, especially silver sulfide-containing materials, can cast a gray-black color to teeth.
Advancing age. As you age, the outer layer of enamel on your teeth gets worn away, revealing the natural yellow color of dentin.
Genetics. Some people have naturally brighter or thicker enamel than others.
Dealing With Yellowing Teeth
Tooth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that removes stains and discolouration from teeth. If you have tooth stains and want to achieve a healthy, white smile, professional teeth whitening might be the best option for you.
The most commonly used teeth whitening procedures are professional home whitening systems and in-chair whitening. Professional dental whitening is fast and most of all, effective. The procedure is non-invasive, as it doesn’t involve drilling or removal of a tooth surface. If you are a good candidate, your dentist will recommend the best tooth whitening option that suits your needs and lifestyle.
Home Teeth Whitening
The home whitening system is a simple and very cost-effective way to brighten your smile. Your dentist will provide you with a whitening kit that consists of custom whitening trays and professional-grade peroxide based gel. This involves:
- Taking impressions of your teeth
- Making moulds to be sent to the laboratory
- Fabricate custom whitening trays based on your mould
- Giving instructions on how to wear and use them the tray at home
The whitening gel is placed in your custom mould, which is placed onto your teeth for two hours per day. The instructions your dentist has provided should be followed carefully to ensure a safe and achievable result. The result can be seen in around 1-2 weeks. Once you have achieved your desired result, you can discontinue the treatment or consult your dentist in the future to maintain your white smile.
In some cases, more invasive treatments may be necessary, such as dental veneers or tooth bonding, but normally, a whitening treatment is the perfect way to spiff up your smile!
Fast and Effective Teeth Whitening Systems in Glen Waverley
If you want to put a new shine on your dull pearly whites, brighten them with our professional teeth whitening treatments at EK Dental Surgery. Visit your Glen Waverley dentist at EK Dental Surgery today and we will determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening.