How to Make Your Teeth White? Understand Your Options
Everyone will experience some degree of tooth discolouration during their lifetime, whether due to age, diet, medication, or poor oral health. If you are unsatisfied with the shade of your smile, there are numerous ways to get whiter teeth.
Visiting a dental professional for teeth whitening services can provide you with the choice to have whitening done in-chair, through a take-home kit, or with restorative dental procedures. The type of teeth whitening treatment your need depends on the level of staining and the general health of your teeth and gums.
Dentistry on Solent is your first stop on the way to whiter teeth in New South Wales. We offer professional whitening, porcelain veneers, and crowns along with take-home whitening kits. How to make your teeth white is a personal choice, and we can guide you through the options available to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
What Causes Tooth Discolouration?
A variety of factors causes stained teeth. General wear and tear on your teeth that occurs as you age, softens the enamel, allowing stains to be absorbed more easily. Some medications, such as those used for chemotherapy, cause changes to the internal structure of the tooth, leading to intrinsic discolouration.
However, poor oral health and diet are the main offenders when it comes to staining tooth enamel. The high acidity levels in some foods weaken enamel allowing the porous surface to absorb pigments, leaving a yellow, grey or brown stain on the tooth.
Coffee is one of the leading causes of stained teeth because it contains dark pigments and acidic polyphenols that alter the mouth’s pH balance. If you’re hoping for whiter teeth, you’ll also want to avoid tea and red wine. Tea and red wine contain the same tannins found in coffee that stain teeth.
How To Make Your Teeth White with Professional Whitening?
Dentistry on Solent offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are ultra-modern to fit your lifestyle and oral health needs. If you’re interested in having whiter teeth in a single appointment, we provide an in-chair teeth whitening service administered by dental professionals.
Alternatively, for those who want to brighten their teeth in the comfort of their own home, you can choose a take-home teeth whitening kit. This kit is a popular option because it’s easy to use and cost-effective. Take-home kits offer the same brightening effects as in-chair whitening but over an extended period.
For more severe discolouration or intrinsic staining, we provide cosmetic dental treatments such as porcelain veneers and crowns to cover the stain and give you a perfect white smile.
Choosing our in-chair whitening services in Bella Vista gets you whiter teeth more quickly, with longer-lasting results. Different brands used include Zoom, Pola, and Opalescence, all of which take less than one hour to achieve a smile several shades lighter.
We apply a rubber dam to pull your lips away from your teeth, and then a bleaching solution is carefully applied to the surface of the teeth. Depending on the brand used, we may also apply a special light to activate the gel.
After about 10-15 minutes, your dentist rinses off the solution and assesses the teeth for the correct level of whitening. They repeat this process until you are happy with the shade of white.
Professional At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
To whiten your teeth at your convenience, or touch up your smile between dental visits, we offer professional at-home teeth whitening kits that are safe and effective.
The kit consists of a custom mouth tray that is fitted at the practice. The tray fits snuggly over your teeth to minimise contact between the bleaching agent and your gums to prevent irritation. The amount of bleach is regulated so you get even results.
To use the trays, you fill each tooth-shaped section with a strictly controlled amount of low-concentration bleaching gel. The trays are worn overnight, then removed and rinsed in the morning, followed by gentle teeth brushing. Repeat the process for 10-14 days to achieve a smile that is several shades lighter.
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns
For a more permanent teeth whitening option, choose porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Veneers are fitted over the front of your teeth to mask staining and damage. Teeth that are chipped or cracked, or even slightly crooked can benefit from a dental crown which is fitted over the tooth structure.
We recommend you get your teeth whitened before having veneers or crowns applied as the artificial teeth cannot be whitened using bleaching gels. This restriction applies to composite resin fillings and cosmetic bonding as well.
Care After Teeth Whitening
After you pay for the whitening services, whether in the chair, at home, or through restorative dentistry, how you care for your teeth is extremely important. Teeth are porous, so you’ll want to avoid pigmented food and beverages as much as possible to prevent further staining from occurring.
If you’re choosing a sugary beverage or a coffee, use a to-go cup or a straw to limit the contact the drink has with your newly whitened teeth. Brush and floss your teeth twice daily, and visit your dentist regularly for an exam and professional cleaning.
Achieve a Brighter Smile with Dentistry on Solent
If you are wondering how to make your teeth white, contact Dentistry on Solent on (02) 9158 6137. In less than one hour, you can walk out with a brighter smile, or choose a take-home whitening kit with you if you’re looking for a more convenient solution.