Stained & Discoloured Teeth
The most common causes of tooth discolouration are:
Certain drinks will stain your teeth over time. Dark coloured drinks like tea, coffee, cola and alcohol (red wine) will slowly but surely discolour enamel.
When you drink these types of drinks some of the residue can stay on your teeth for a while afterwards until you brush, by which time your teeth will have been stained a bit more.
In the same way that certain drinks can make your teeth discoloured, some foods can too.
Foods like curry and dark berries can cause your teeth to stain. Foods that contain sauces like soy sauce or balsamic vinegar can also cause stains because they are very acidic.
Certain types of medication like some antibiotics and inhalers taken at an early age could cause varying degrees of tooth discolouration. This could be patchy and deep. Professional tooth whitening combined with enamel surface treatment could dramatically improve the tooth colour.
As you get older the dentin in your teeth tends to get darker, leading to a loss of whiteness. This is a physiologic response and occurs with different levels of severity. Professional tooth whitening or the application of Lumineers® could help rejuvenate your smile.
Tobacco stains are brown and patchy; the degree of staining is proportional to the amount of tobacco consumed. Professional tooth polishing (with a hygienist) followed by tooth whitening could help brighten up your smile. Please call or e-mail us for more information.
Professional teeth whitening is a cost effective way of bringing up the brightness of your teeth by many shades.
If however your teeth are severely discoloured from a combination of the above causes then tooth whitening might not be sufficient; and provided that your teeth are well aligned;
Lumineers (no injections, no drill veneers), could be just the right solution. Please e-mail us to request an information pack about Lumineers.