Teeth whitening is a dental procedure which restores the original colour of teeth. Apart from brushing teeth daily, teeth whitening should be done at least once a year. Teeth have a hard outer layer called enamel which is underlain by dentin. A thin coating called pellicle forms on enamel daily. Pellicle picks up stains from food and dust in the air. Most dentists are able to carry out teeth whitening which makes it a common dental procedure in Australia. GOGO SMILE has exemplary teeth whitening kits for all people in Australia.
Most common causes of teeth discolourization
Our teeth will always discolour after a period of time. Teeth discolourisation differs among people. Genetically a person inherits thickness and smoothness of his enamel which affects light reflection and appearance of teeth.
Food which a person eats also affects how fast his teeth get stained. Drinks such as coffee, tea, wines and colas are common teeth decolorizers. Smoking and tobacco chewing also decolorizes teeth. Poor dental hygiene such as improper brushing of teeth to remove plaque causes teeth yellowing. Diseases which affect enamel and dentin can cause teeth yellowing. Doxycycline and tetracycline antibiotics cause teeth discolourisation when given to children below age 8 who have developing teeth.
Old age causes teeth to become stained because enamel grows thin making dentin’s yellow colour more pronounced. Environments with high levels of fluoride in water also cause teeth staining.
Teeth whitening has no serious side effects. Increased teeth sensitivity is frequently reported as a side effect. Teeth become sensitive for a few days then everything normalizes. Gums may hurt due to disturbance caused during the whitening procedure. Teeth whitening can be done in a dentist’s office or at home. Whitening teeth is temporary and your teeth will get stained after some time. Take less staining foods to avoid fast discolourisation. Pregnant women should avoid teeth whitening procedures because substances used may affect the formation of her baby.