Teeth staining can have a huge impact on the appearance of your teeth and the way you feel about your smile. Most stains can be prevented if you maintain excellent dental hygiene and if you visit the dentist on a regular basis. If your dental hygiene is not the best, and if you avoid the dentist, then stains build up on the teeth turning the teeth different shades of yellow and brown, which can be embarrassing and unsightly. Over time these stains become stubborn and you will find that your teeth remain yellow even after brushing.
There are two types of staining; extrinsic stains and intrinsic stains both affect the appearance of your teeth. Extrinsic stains are the most common type of stains and can cause your teeth to become yellow, orange or brown. Yellow stains occur as a result of plaque and tartar or biofilm building up on the surface of your teeth. Everyone has a thin layer of biofilm build up on their teeth however this can be removed if you brush your teeth effectively. If you neglect your dental hygiene then biofilm continues to build up on the surface of your teeth and your teeth become yellow. If you avoid the dentist then bacteria in the biofilm can cause cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Therefore, keeping your teeth clean is not only important for maintaining beautiful, white teeth but also for maintaining good dental health and well-being. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis helps prevent biofilm from building up on your teeth but if your teeth cannot be whitened by cleaning then you need to speak to your dentist and find out about teeth whitening Macleod.
Other factors that result in extrinsic stains include chromogens in dark coloured or brightly coloured food and drink such as coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and berries. Chromogens cling to the enamel and become etched onto the surface of your teeth. It is important to brush your teeth after eating and drinking where possible to remove these chromogens from your mouth and prevent teeth staining.
Beware of teeth whitening without the dentist
There are many different types of teeth whitening products available on the market. Teeth whitening toothpaste, pens, gels, whitening strips, whitening trays and LED light devices. Some of them are from trustworthy companies whilst some of them are found online, claiming to be very effective and are very inexpensive therefore accessible for all. It is very important that you avoid these products and even teeth whitening products from trustworthy companies should be spoken about with the dentist to make sure it is safe for you.
Teeth whitening is not suitable for everyone. If you have sensitive teeth then teeth whitening products can increase the sensitivity. This is because most products that can be purchased over the counter or online are highly abrasive and can remove a thin layer of enamel or weaken the enamel whilst whitening your teeth. This can increase sensitivity resulting in greater pain and discomfort and if you are affected by cavities or tooth decay then teeth whitening can also worsen your symptoms and cause further complications.
Safe teeth whitening
Your dentist will carry out a dental examination and make sure that teeth whitening Macleod is suitable for you. If you have any underlying issues which need to be addressed then this will need to be done before you begin whitening your teeth.
Teeth whitening Macleod can be carried out safely and effectively at your dental practice. You can also whiten your teeth with a prescribed home treatment kit if you prefer. At the dental practice the teeth whitening session lasts between 60 – 90 minutes and one session is usually sufficient. At home the process takes up to 3 weeks however it is a more gentle process. Teeth whitening is carried out using the bleaching agents hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. At the dental practice the bleaching agent is applied directly onto your teeth and activated using UV light for instant results. At home you will wear the whitening gel in customised teeth whitening trays and keep them in your mouth for a certain period of time; this will allow the bleaching agent to break down the stain molecules on the surface of your teeth and reveal the white enamel underneath. Speak to your dentist today to find out more about safe and effective teeth whitening. Do not be fooled by cheaper or easily accessible treatments that are available on the market, look after your teeth correctly and enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile.
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