Our dentists have many years of experience in whitening teeth, with thousands of cases of teeth whitening completed.
You should first consult your dentist before you choose to go ahead with teeth whitening treatments. You will need enough background information to understand your options before you can make an informed choice as to which tooth whitening option may be best for you.
Why do teeth become discoloured?
Drinks such as tea, coffee and wine, as well as certain other foods such as berries, can cause the enamel which coats the surface of your teeth, to become stained over time. Habits like smoking can also have an adverse effect on the appearance of our teeth.
The more intensely coloured food and beverages are, the more likely it is that they will contain what are known as chromogens or pigmentation, which can stain tooth enamel. Additionally, foods which are high in sugar or acidity, make it easier for chromogens to affect our teeth by working away at the enamel.
Other than the lifestyle choices mentioned above (smoking and diet), genetics can also play an important role in the appearance of your teeth. Some people may have more yellow-toned teeth from birth, while other factors in early childhood could be the root of the cause.
While in the correct dosage, fluoride can be beneficial for the health your teeth, consuming more than the recommended daily amount during infancy, may in fact, result in discolouration.
In addition, children under the age of eight years old who are administered the antibiotic tetracycline may experience a brownish-yellow discolouration of the enamel.