Teeth Whitening in South Edmonton
Professional Teeth Whitening
If your teeth are discoloured, it may be affecting your confidence. With a busy life packed with social responsibilities there is no reason that you should have to hide your smile! Fortunately, your dentist can help. If you have found that your teeth have shown more discolouration as you have aged, the discolouration may not have been preventable. That is because it is natural for more dentin to show through your enamel as enamel thins over time. Dentin is the portion of your tooth that forms the majority of its inner shape and structure, and it houses the important nerve and blood supply at its core. Unlike enamel, which is slightly transparent, dentin is more yellow in its colouration. Men typically have larger teeth, and therefore they have more dentin to show through.
Preventing and Treating Tooth Discoloration
If your teeth are yellowing, it’s a good idea to investigate your oral hygiene regimen as well as the foods that you are eating that may contribute to this problem. Patients who do not visit their dentists a minimum of once annually and who do not maintain a schedule of brushing a minimum of twice daily (and don’t forget the floss!) run the risk of bacterial counts getting too high in the mouth.
Plaque bacteria contributes to decay and gum disease, and when it is not removed from the surface of the teeth frequently, it can begin to harden so much that it is no longer removable by your toothbrush only. When this occurs, plaque becomes tartar and tartar stains. This problem is made worse by consuming a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates which feeds the bacteria and allows it to further proliferate. This can cause discolouration around the collars of the teeth where most of the tartar collects and give the impression of the teeth themselves being discoloured.
If you are considering tooth whitening, it is wise to first consider how long it has been since your last appointment for professional cleaning. Our dental hygienists are professionally trained to safely remove tartar and surface staining from your teeth. It doesn’t just help your smile’s appearance; it also keeps your gums healthy and free of irritation.
Finally, we encourage our clients to consume a diet low in simple sugars and carbs and high in protein and fibre. Chicken, salmon and beef provide excellent protein – but so do beans and legumes for vegetarians. Dark leafy greens and a variety of vegetables should be staples at every meal.
Causes of Discolouration
If you are a smoker, it’s no wonder your teeth are discolouring over time. The smoke that you inhale contains particulate matter – including tar. These particulates stain the teeth and can vary from yellow to brown staining. Similarly, if you frequently consume coloured beverages such as red wine or coffee, these can contribute to discolouration of the teeth. Not only are these beverages highly coloured, they are also highly acidic. The combination of acid with such staining power means that your enamel is likely to discolour.
If you find that one of your teeth is greying, we recommend seeing our general dentist to determine the cause. If you have had a root canal in the past, the greying can be an indication of discolouration that is coming from inside of the tooth rather than on the surface. For this reason, standard whitening procedures are not likely to help.
Your dentist will be able to determine whether you are a candidate for internal tooth bleaching in this case. Internal bleaching involves making a small hole in the tooth and injecting a whitening solution into its core. The solution is left inside the tooth for a period of 1-2 days (at your dentist’s discretion) before the tooth is sealed.