Tooth discoloration can happen for a variety of reasons and to various degrees. While discoloured teeth can cause embarrassment, it’s important to know that everyone experiences some form of tooth discoloration at some point in their lives.
The main causes of discoloured teeth are foods and drinks, age, injuries, medications and tobacco use. Many of these are simply a part of daily life, so how do you treat nearly impossible-to-avoid discolouration? The following are a few dental treatments that may help.
At Home Dental Treatments
At-home teeth whitening kits have become increasingly popular over the years. There are two main options available to those wishing to try teeth whitening at home. Although, it is always advised to speak to a dentist before trying one of these methods.
Using whitening toothpaste is one of the more basic methods of whitening teeth. This is not to say it isn’t effective. If someone is apprehensive about teeth whitening, this is a good way to begin the process.
Most of the whitening toothpaste on the market are gentle enough for daily use and are effective enough to diminish the appearance of surface stains without causing damage to teeth. Whitening toothpaste are also a cost-effective teeth whitening option.
Whitening Strips or Trays
Whitening strips are usually made of flexible plastic (such as polyethylene) and are coated with a gel treatment made with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (a diluted form of hydrogen peroxide). There is usually an element of flavouring to make the experience of using them more pleasant, although the product should never be ingested.
These strips are manufactured to mould to the surface of each tooth while also reaching any crevice. With the help of the moisture already in one’s mouth, the peroxide penetrates the enamel to break down the bonds of the stains in a chemical process known as oxidization.
These treatments provide slight improvement compared to other options. They may also cause tooth sensitivity to worsen. Therefore, if sensitivity is already an issue, avoiding this teeth whitening method would be wise.
Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments
Most dentists offer in-office teeth whitening services. These treatments usually produce quite dramatic results compared to at-home treatments. There are numerous other advantages to getting a treatment done through a dentist versus DIY treatments at home.
For example, a dentist will provide a proper cleaning before tackling discoloured teeth. A thorough cleaning removes bacteria, tartar and food that could interfere with the whitening process. Dentists also protect the gums during the process so they are safe from the products used.
The methods used will vary depending on the dentist; however, some possible dental treatments for whiter teeth include the following.
After a thorough cleaning, the dentist uses a rubber guard to keep the mouth open and applies the whitening agent. The dentist will leave this whitening agent on for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Protection will be placed on the eyes, and a gum barrier will be used to protect the gums. Then, using ultraviolet (UV) light, the dentist will activate the whitening agent. All that is left to do is to remove the whitening gel and rinse. This process is then repeated. The number of times this step is repeated depends on the severity of staining and the type and strength of the whitening gel used.
Similar to teeth bleaching, a whitening gel is applied to the teeth for laser whitening. Instead of using a UV light, a laser specifically made for teeth whitening is used. The whole process takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours; however, repeat visits to the dentist may be required to complete the process. The results of laser whitening last for around 2 years.
If you are not a suitable candidate for teeth whitening, teeth bonding and veneers are two dental treatments you might want to consider. Both treatments can improve your smile by covering the surface of discoloured teeth.
Like the previously mentioned methods, teeth bonding and veneers have pros and cons. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult your North Vancouver dentist to determine the best course of action for brightening your smile.
Teeth Whitening in North Vancouver
Do you want to improve the appearance of discoloured teeth? Are you unsure which dental treatment is right for you? The experienced dental professionals at Peak Dental Arts can help.
Our North Vancouver dental clinic provides several cosmetic dental services to help you smile more confidently. Call us today at 604-770-2222 to speak with one of our dental professionals about how we can help. You can also schedule an appointment using our contact form.