One of the most common requests that dentists receive are about teeth whitening services. Many people experience staining and discolouration in their lifetime, and unfortunately it is a very common issue. For some, the staining is minimal enough that it can be fixed with lifestyle changes or certain products, for others it requires cosmetic treatment. Teeth whitening is essentially bleaching the teeth to return them to a white and bright state. It is a safe and noninvasive treatment – but what is the best way to approach it?
We take a look at what to do, what to avoid, and the different treatments to look at.
Natural ways to keep your teeth white:
If your teeth are still looking great or you’ve only noticed a small amount of staining, there are a number of natural lifestyle factors to look at to ensure you keep up the good work. Brush and floss your teeth twice daily, eat a balanced and nutritious diet, and ensure your toothbrush and toothpaste are high quality. Drink lots of water, eat lots of salad and leafy greens, and focus on foods that don’t stain the teeth too much.
Things to avoid:
If you’re hoping to either prevent discolouration of your teeth or stop minimal staining, there are a few lifestyle aspects to think about. Smoking cigarettes is one of the biggest causes of yellowing teeth due to the nicotine, and your dentist will always recommend not smoking for both whiter teeth and overall oral health. Coloured food and drink also contributes to discolouration and red wine, tea and coffee are also all unfortunately big contenders when it comes to staining your teeth, as are carbonated drinks and dark coloured fruit like blueberries.
Talk to your dentist:
The best way to find out what type of teeth whitening treatment is best for you is to consult with your dentist. The treatment that will work for you depends on the severity of the discolouration, any previous dental work you may have had, and your lifestyle. Your dentist can also recommend small changes you can make to help maintain your teeth following the treatment and prevent further staining.
At Balmain Dentist, we offer several quick and effective solutions. In just one session at our surgery, we can use the light activated Zoom to get your smile whiter and brighter! The Zoom method includes a whitening gel on the teeth which is then activated by a UV light. We also offer various take-home professional whitening options for patients who simply would rather have their teeth whitened from the comfort of their own home.
Want to know more about the technologies that Dr Flora Galoustian and the Balmain Dentist team use to promote a brighter and whiter smile? Get in touch today to book a consultation or chat about our different services. We want to help you be confident with your smile.