14775503_sIt is probably a universal consensus that people with whiter teeth are more visually appealing. Teeth whitening treatment is an effective method to increase one’s confidence and improve the look of your smile.

Teeth whitening come with two options; you can choose to do an in-clinic teeth whitening procedure or at-home teeth whitening kit. For either option, the results will vary for individuals and in terms of improvement to the brightness or whiteness of the teeth. It is also important to note that while both options will bring about whiter teeth; neither is a permanent solution to discolouration and will require maintenance for a prolonged effect.

Treatment time takes about 30 to 60 minutes depending on the option taken and one may experience teeth sensitivity or a tingling sensation. There are various home remedies to combat teeth sensitivity. Click here if you would like to find out more about DIY home remedies. But first, let’s understand some factors that can contribute to teeth staining.

What Causes Tooth Staining?

  • Age
    There is a correlation between your age and the colour of your teeth. Overtime, our teeth will darken as a result of wear and tear, and stain accumulation.
  • Starting Colour
    Every one is unique and born with a tooth colour that ranges from yellow brown to greyish, and this will intensify overtime.
  • Eating Habits
    If your lifestyle choices include drinking coffee, tea or wine, or any other dark-coloured foods and beverages, it can cause considerable staining over time. It can also lessen the effect of your teeth whitening procedure.
  • Smoking  Habits
    Nicotine and sticky tar are deposited on the teeth, causing brown stains that cannot be removed by brushing.
  • Grinding
    Most frequently caused by stress, teeth grinding (bruxism) can add to micro-cracking in the teeth and can cause the biting edges to darken.

Understand the cause of your teeth staining; whichever option you choose for your teeth whitening procedure, be realistic about your expectations on the final result. It will be difficult for your teeth to remain white if you don’t cut down on smoking and coffee consumption. Success and satisfaction with the teeth whitening treatment process depends on the skills of the dentist, your expectations and the ability to make certain lifestyle changes.

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