Everyone dreams of white, bright and healthy looking teeth. However, not everyone is 100% happy with their smiles appearance. If this is you, then cosmetic dentistry can help.
There is an extensive variety of tooth whitening options in the market, however not every treatment will be effective. We therefore have to understand what is causing the discolouration of your teeth in order to choose the most effective treatment.
The most common causes of discolouration include:
Consumption of highly coloured foods and drinks (e.g. berries, chocolate, coffee/tea)
Being exposed to certain antibiotics at a young age
General discolouration as a result of ageing
If you are unhappy with the general appearance of your teeth (such as the colour or shape), a consultation with a dentist is best. This will give the dentist an opportunity to asses your teeth and discuss what results you are looking for, as well as presenting a treatment plan that suits you and your budget.
Whitening treatments recommended could include:
In-surgery laser whitening system, with almost instant results
Porcelain veneers and a full smile makeover
A relatively inexpensive take-home whitening kit - similar results to the in-chair option but over time.
If you have fillings in your front teeth, most whitening methods will not affect their colour. If you are concerned about the colour of your fillings after whitening, you may need to have them refilled in order to match your newly whitened smile. Tooth whitening can also cause varying degrees of sensitivity, however you dentist will be able to discuss whether this may be a problem for you and also how to manage it adequately.
Tooth whitening has been known to cause varying degrees of sensitivity. Your dentist will discuss this with you to determine if it will become a problem, and work out a plan of how to manage it effectively
Whatever your goals or needs, we are very happy to talk to you further about the teeth whitening options our practice offers. Please do not hesitate to give us a call.