Teeth Whitening Services in Adelaide

Your smile is the first feature people notice – what is it saying about you?

Food, drinks, smoking and time can all permanently stain your teeth. Whether your tooth stains come from something you’re consuming or naturally with age, you can restore your natural tooth colour with cosmetic teeth whitening.

Types / Causes of Discolouration

There are three main types of tooth discolouration:

External discoloration: This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth is stained. Smoking, coffee, wine, cola or other carbonated drinks or foods can stain teeth.

Internal discoloration: This is when the inner structure of the tooth darkens or gets a yellow tint. You can get this type of discoloration if you’ve had too much exposure to fluoride during childhood, a trauma that affected the tooth, and other situations which may have affected tooth development.

Age-related discoloration: This combines both the external and internal. Dentin naturally goes yellow over times and as the enamel gets thinner with age, the dentin starts to show.

How does it work?

Many exterior stains caused by food and drink can be removed by regular professional cleanings. Saying that, every person’s teeth are different and they should contact us to discuss their options to determine what’s best for you.

Whiter, brighter, natural-looking teeth can be achieved through teeth whitening, however you have other options for getting your teeth whitened rather than just visiting your regular dentist.

Three popular teeth whitening options for different situations and price points include:

1. Whitening toothpaste

While easily accessible and affordable, whitening toothpaste isn’t long lasting because by law they’re not allowed to offer the high strength treatments that dentists can.

2. Off-the-shelf at-home trays

The same goes for at-home trays. They’re just as easy to buy as whitening toothpaste but the effects compared to professional teeth whitening aren’t comparable.

3. Professional teeth whitening

Dentists whiten teeth using a more intense laser light to target deep stains within the tooth. There’s no unnecessary heating of the tooth and the laser isn’t absorbed by the tooth structure.

Call or email us to discuss your situation, needs and budget. We’ll book in an assessment to check which treatment options are most suitable for you, and get started on the treatment.

With friendly staff and qualified dentists and dental hygienists, we’ll get that sparkle back in your smile in no time – less than an hour in most cases!

Expected Results?

Obviously the expected result of teeth whitening, in whatever form, is visibly whiter teeth, without stains. There are no studies that show negative effects from tooth whitening, however some people do notice an increase in sensitivity and potential irritation to the gums.

Although only temporary, there are a number of things you can do to reduce these things from happening to you. Switching to toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth is a good option while you’re in the process of whitening your teeth. Because tooth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, it’s best left to the professionals.

Contact us today if you’re unhappy with how your teeth look.

How to prevent tooth discolouration

Naturally over time, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away, leaving the dentin more yellow. This means it’s important to avoid teeth stains in the first place.

If you take care with food and drinks that cause tooth discoloration, the results upon whitening are greater. The first step to preventing tooth discolouration is by understanding what causes it.

Let’s have a look at some of the common ways teeth can be stained.

  • Smoking: Tobacco is one of the major culprits.
  • Certain foods & drinks: Coffee, tea, colas, sports drinks and certain fruits and vegetables.
  • Alcohol: A glass of wine, and other alcohol for that matter, stain teeth easily.
  • Poor dental hygiene: Not brushing or flossing enough to remove plaque and stain-producing substances such as coffee and tobacco can cause stains.
  • Length between dental visits: Regular cleanings by a dental hygienist also will help to prevent surface stains.
  • Time: As you age, the outer layer of enamel on your teeth gets worn away, revealing the natural yellow colour of dentin.
  • Genetics: Some people have naturally brighter or thicker enamel than others.
  • Disease & medications: Several diseases that affect enamel (the hard surface of the teeth) and dentin (the underlying material under enamel) can lead to tooth discoloration. Treatments for certain conditions can also affect tooth colour. For example, some antibiotics.
  • Environment: Environmental factors such as excessive fluoride can cause teeth discolouration.
  • Trauma: Accidents that happen as a kid can affect the enamel formation, causing discoloration to adult teeth.

So what can you do to avoid these tooth staining activities? Here are our 8 tips.

  1. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, after each meal if possible.
  2. Rinse your mouth after each meal if brushing isn’t possible.
  3. Avoid food and drinks that cause stains.
  4. Quit smoking if you’re a smoker.
  5. Reduce caffeine intake, in particular coffee.
  6. Avoid taking medications that contain tetracycline and doxycycline.
  7. Visit the dentist every 12 months for a clean and check up.
  8. Use whitening products, preferably applied by a professional dentist for longevity.

Adopting these few simple lifestyle changes can help you prevent teeth discolouration. This can be something as simple as reducing your coffee or flossing regularly and getting your teeth cleaned every 6 months instead of every 12 months.

If your teeth don’t look normal in colour and you’re not sure why, make an appointment to see us.