Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Teeth Whitening Treatments

If you are worried about staining on your teeth or too embarrassed to smile as you don’t like the colour of your teeth, then this article is for you. We will reveal everything you ever wanted to know about teeth whitening including where it started, how you can help prevent discolouration at home and what kinds of treatments you can expect from your dentist.

Let’s get started by looking at where it all began…

The history of teeth whitening

Wanting a whiter smile might seem like a very recent demand, fuelled by celebrity cases, however the art of whitening teeth has been around for centuries. The ancient Egyptians are credited with having invented the first tooth whitening treatment made from ground pumice stone and vinegar and whilst we cannot be certain how effective the results were, we know that whiter teeth were seen as a sign of wealth and something to aspire to.

How to avoid tooth discolouration

Whilst many people may be tempted by Do It Yourself teeth whitening kits, the results are often unpredictable and can sometimes cause more harm than good, which is why we always recommend visiting your dentist if you wish to achieve a lighter shade.

There are however, things that you can do at home to minimise your exposure to those foods and drinks which are the worst culprits when it comes to staining your teeth.

Here is our list of foods to limit your intake of if you want to keep your teeth as white as possible:

· Red wine

· Tea and coffee

· Tomato ketchup

· Smoking

Generally, any food or drink item that you don’t want to drop down your clean white shirt for fear of staining, could be considered a potential threat of discolouration for your teeth. Those foods and drinks that contain tannins such as wine and tea are more likely to leave a stained layer on your teeth. The good news however, is that such stains can be removed with a professional course of teeth whitening from your dentist.

Want whiter teeth? Here’s what to expect

Whilst teeth whitening is not always suitable for everyone, most people will be able to benefit from some form of treatment. It is advisable to speak to your dentist first as they can assess your suitability and recommend the best treatment, however most dental practices offer two choices — in-practice whitening and at home teeth whitening treatments.

In-practice tooth whitening — this is generally the better option for those who are short of time as very effective results may be achieved in just one visit to your dentist. Professional teeth whitening treatments can lighten your teeth by up to ten shades, with treatment taking as little as just one hour.

At home teeth whitening kits — supplied by your dentist these custom made gel trays are created specifically for you, enabling you to apply the gel at home over a period of around seven to ten days to achieve lighter teeth.

Whatever treatment you choose, so long as you practice a good dental health routine and avoid too much of the foods and drinks that typically cause staining, the results should remain visible for many years to come.

If you live in the Kent area and would like to find out more about whitening your teeth, you can contact Southview Dental Care on 01732 865021 or visit their website for more information.