Pearly white teeth are an instant attraction. They add a sparkling touch to your aesthetic appeal. However, unregulated dietary habits affect the natural shade of teeth; for example, drinking several cups of tea is sufficient to cause visible discoloration.
Teeth tend to absorb the food colours they are exposed to. Hence, the type of food you eat is partly associated with the coloration of your tooth.
Discoloration may be extrinsic or intrinsic. Enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, is the target site for external discoloration. As the name suggests, external discoloration occurs only at the outer layer. The enamel is stained in a yellowish hue of spots, fine lines and may be brownish or black in severe cases.
When the internal tooth area is affected, it leads to intrinsic discoloration. Discoloration of the dentin, the softer teeth tissue, is majorly observed in intrinsic discoloration. The teeth usually become darker, with a greyish or yellowish appearance.
Discoloration may be caused by several factors:
Food/Drinks: Beverages such as coffee, tea, colas, and wines.
Tobacco: Tobacco consumption in the form of chewing or smoking.
Improper Dental Hygiene: Inappropriate or insufficient dental hygiene, such as inadequate brushing and flossing.
Diseases: Certain infections, congenital diseases, and metabolic disorders.
Ageing: Teeth discolour with age, as the enamel wears out. This exposes the internal layer, dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. Furthermore, as the enamel wears off with age, teeth stain easily.
Genetics: Certain individuals may have stronger and thicker enamel because of their genetic make-up.
Environment: High fluoride content in water and use of fluoride-rich toothpastes.
Professional bleaching is the most common method of teeth whitening. Based on the health of your teeth and the extent of discoloration, your dental care provider may recommend the appropriate bleaching technique for you.
You may undergo the procedure at the clinic. A typical procedure may last a few hours, wherein your dentist will use a bleaching agent to remove discoloration. Patients needing a quick fix can also avail of the technologically advanced one-hour in-office teeth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective and fast – in less than an hour your teeth will become dramatically whiter.
This is just an overview of the treatment options. Our team at Sterling Dental Clinic will advise you if you are suitable for this treatment. If you need your teeth whitened, we recommend the removal of any existing decay and treatment of restorations if any, prior to this procedure. For more information regarding other value-added options, book an appointment today!
Practicing dental hygiene is the first and foremost requirement for maintaining dental health. Avoid excessive consumption of beverages and substances that leave a nasty stain. Rinse your mouth well after you eat. In addition, always remember what grandma said, “Brush your teeth, twice a day!”