Dentists can diagnose tooth discolouration with a quick examination, and some types can be removed with professional cleaning, for example, those stains caused by coffee. Good home care is always recommended to help minimise discolouration, such as brushing, flossing and rinsing after meals. Whitening toothpaste may remove minor stains but they will not change the overall colour of your teeth. Unfortunately, many stains are permanent, and in such cases, there are a couple of treatment options – your dentist will advise on the best one to suit you:|
• Whitening with a bleaching gel.
Your dentist will apply a light-activated bleaching gel that will make the teeth significantly whiter in just 30 – 45 minutes. Follow-up treatments may be needed, or take-home bleaching trays may be recommended, depending on your individual requirements. At-home treatments are also available, but the bleaching gels used are not as strong and thus the process takes longer (two to four weeks on average). Over-the-counter products are weaker still, but they will lighten your teeth over time.
• Fitting a crown or veneer where the discolouration is more severe, after root canal treatment for example. Your tooth is covered with a colour-matched composite bonding material to form a crown, or another option is veneers, thin ceramic shells that cover the outer surfaces of the teeth.
So don’t get down about the brown, contact us today to find out more about the teeth whitening options that are right for you.