Are you unhappy with your smile? There are many reasons why this may be the case. One reason could be discoloration in your teeth, making them appear dull and affecting how bright and white your teeth look. In addition, teeth whitening treatments remove stains from both natural yellowing and artificial staining from smoking. 

When choosing to have teeth whitening done, it is essential to consider what will work best for you before making an appointment to discuss available options.  

What causes yellowing of teeth?

There are many reasons why people develop discoloured teeth, some of which include: – 

  • Coffee, tea and red wine consumption 
  • Smoking 
  • Certain medications 
  • Ageing 
  • Fluorosis (a condition that is caused when fluoride when consumed from toothpaste or certain foodstuffs during childhood) 

In some cases, people may have had a long-term build-up of plaque which causes some parts of the teeth to become slightly yellowed. This is why it is always essential to visit a dentist at least once a year to check and clean if you smoke or drink coffee or tea regularly. 

What will happen during the treatment?

When you come in for teeth whitening, the first thing that will happen is that your dentist will examine your teeth to see any cavities, missing teeth, or other issues that might prevent you from having this treatment done. In most cases, they can still go ahead, but this depends on what else your dentist finds during the examination. If everything checks out okay, they will put on a protective mask and gloves. They will then begin applying a special gel used to make the teeth more permeable for the whitening solution to be applied later on. 

During this process, your teeth will gradually become whiter until they reach their desired level of brightness. There may be some short term discomfort while the treatment takes place, but it should not last very long, and you can even choose to play some music or watch television while it happens; it’s up to you! 

After that, you will need to come back two weeks after your initial appointment for a check-up and retreatment if required. 

Once your teeth have been whitened, many people notice an immediate difference – but it can take up to three months for the full effect of the treatment to be realised if you are not drinking tea, coffee or smoking during that time. 

When it comes to teeth whitening, there are several options available that will work in different ways. Although some people think that strong whitening toothpaste is enough, it can only deliver favourable results – often not worth the time and money invested. 

For higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, the best solution is to use an at-home whitening kit; however, these can take weeks for the full effect to be seen. For more visible and faster results, you can consult your dentist Sydney CBD, who can provide information on all the teeth whitening services available. Note that though in-chair teeth whitening treatments are expensive, they offer better and lasting results.