Stains can be addressed with a professional tooth whitening treatment.
If you have noticed stains and discolouration on the surface of your teeth, you are not alone. These are common concerns and affect many people for a number of reasons. Fortunately, most tooth stains can be treated and even prevented. Read on to find out what causes stains and discolouration of the teeth, and what you can do to address these problems and keep your smile looking bright and clean…
What types of stains can occur?
There are three main types of tooth discolouration: extrinsic, intrinsic, and age-related. Extrinsic stains affect the enamel of the teeth and are most often caused by food, drinks, and smoking. Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, are located inside the teeth. These can be caused by medications, tooth decay and injuries. Age-related discolouration can occur when the enamel wears away over time — this can be caused by both extrinsic and intrinsic contributors.
What causes stains?
The most common causes of surface stains include highly pigmented and acidic foods and drinks. These include red wine, tea, coffee, chocolate, red and dark sauces, and certain fruits and berries. Lifestyle habits like smoking can also lead to discolouration and stains.
If you have noticed that your teeth appear yellow, it could be a sign of poor oral hygiene or chronic dry mouth. If, however, you are struggling with brown stains, these could be caused by the build-up of tartar or untreated tooth decay.
What are the treatment options?
If you are suffering from surface stains and discolouration, you might benefit from a teeth whitening treatment. These cosmetic treatments are very popular and involve the use of hydrogen peroxide that bleaches the teeth and achieves a brighter appearance.
Regular dental cleanings can help to reduce stains in many cases. Practising proper oral hygiene on a daily basis can also go a long way in keeping your teeth free from unwanted marks. You should ideally brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist for a check-up and clean every six months.
If your stains appear to be deeper than the enamel, it could be a sign of a more serious oral health concern. It is a good idea to see your dentist — discolouration of a single tooth may be a sign of a cavity or injury and should be treated as soon as possible. The earlier dental problems are addressed, the better the chance of a successful outcome.
How can we help?
At City Smiles, we offer teeth whitening treatments to patients who would like to get rid of surface stains and improve the overall appearance of their smiles. We offer professional teeth whitening systems that cannot be purchased anywhere else. These solutions are applied by our team of professionals, which means that they are completely safe.
If you are considering a whitening treatment, we encourage you to come in and see us for a consultation. At your initial consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral health in order to check that you are a good candidate for treatment. If any dental issues are identified, these will need to be resolved before we go ahead with the whitening process.
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If you would like to arrange a consultation to determine whether or not you are suited to whitening treatment, please get in touch with us here or give us a call on 03 9654 6979.
We also offer a range of general dentistry services and encourage our patients to come and see us regularly so that we can help to maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. We recommend a proactive approach and urge you to prevent and resolve dental issues before they become problematic in the future.
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