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Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is, as the name suggets, essentially making teeth whiter. It improves the look of one’s smile. Hence why it is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Teeth get their colour “depending on how light reflects and scatters off enamel”, the outer layer of the tooth, ” combined with the colour of the dentin under it.” A thinner enamel allows more of the colour of the dentin to show whereas a thicker enamel allows less of the colour of the dentin to show. Teeth can get stained by multiple things, however, some of the most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:

  • Tobacco
  • Dark-colour liquids: coffee, cola, tea and red wine
  • Not having proper brushing and flossing technique

If you are considering to have tooth whitening done, you should think about a few things before you get it done:

  • Filling and Crowns:

Fillings and Crowns can’t be whitened with this procedure. If you are planning on whitening your teeth, you will need to talk to your dentist about possibly¬†getting your Fillings and Crowns re-done

  • Cavities:

“They will need to be treated before they are whitened because the whitening solutions can pass through decayed areas and reach the inner parts of your tooth.”

  • Receded gums:

“If your gums have receded, the exposed roots of your teeth may appear yellow or discoloured. Whitening products will not make them whiter.”

You should book an appointment with your dentist to find out if whitening is for you or not. Sometimes to improve the colour of your teeth can result from fixing your brushing and flossing technique.*

*All of our August posts are dental tips on maintaining that perfect smile.