Want to improve your smile, or have an important event coming up?
A quick and easy way to improve your smile is by whitening your teeth. White teeth is associated with youth, health, and success, and many people find it helps boost their confidence when speaking.
Common Causes of Staining
Food and Drink
Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).
Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.
Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.
If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel. Your tooth may also change color due to internal injury, so it is always better to visit your dentist if you suspect any injury.
Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.
Why Do My Teeth Turn Yellow?
Teeth become discoloured over time by accumulating stains from what we eat and drink. Stains are classified by external, which are on the surface of the teeth, and internal, which means the coloured compounds actually penetrate into the structure of the teeth.
Sometimes, teeth turn yellow due to the surface of our teeth, called the enamel layer, wearing out. This can be due to physical abrasion from harsh particles and heavy brushing, or linked to acid erosion.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
External stains can be removed by a dental cleaning. At our clinic, we have a special high pressure spray that can remove even stubborn stains.
Internal stains can only be removed by doing teeth whitening, which is a gel that is applied to your teeth, containing oxygenating molecules that spread within the tooth, breaking down the stains.
Will my teeth be damaged?
Teeth Whitening does not damage the teeth or gums when used properly. However, as the stain particles are removed, the teeth may become temporarily sensitive for a day or two after the procedure.
To minimise sensitivity, we can apply fluoride gel to the teeth after teeth whitening. The sensitivity is temporary and has no lasting effects.
How long will my teeth remain white afterwards?
Teeth Whitening removes the color pigments from the teeth. As you eat and do other activities, your teeth will gradually accumulate these pigments. The rate at which this happens depends from person to person. Avoiding staining causing factors, brushing and regular dental cleaning will slow down this process.
Some people like to maintain their white teeth by using Take Home Teeth Whitening kits, after their Teeth Whitening session.
Types of Tooth Whitening We Do
Need to look good for an upcoming event ? If you need your teeth whitened instantly in one visit, this is what you’re looking for.
We use a light activated teeth whitening gel that whitens with minimal sensitivity, while ensuring that your gums are protected.
While you’re waiting for your teeth to whiten, you can make yourself cosy on our chair, watch HD movies and TV dramas on our 40″, surf the internet and enjoy our SONOS sound system.
TAKE HOME WHITENING
If you’ve got the time, you can whiten your teeth using the take home kit. We custom make a tray that fits onto your teeth, ensuring that your gums are protected.
Home whitening requires you to wear the trays with the whitening gel on for 2 hours a day, for 2 weeks. During this period, you are advised to avoid certain foods and activities that can cause staining.
This is suitable for people with sensitive teeth who don’t mind it taking a little longer.