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We all want to be able to look our best, especially when it comes to our teeth. Taking good care of your teeth will ensure they are strong and will serve you long into old age, but even well-kept teeth can become slightly discoloured from the regular everyday activities we all do. 

Most discolouration is a cosmetic issue that doesn’t affect the strength, durability, or function of our teeth, but none-the-less is a problem many of us want to address. Yellow or discoloured teeth can have a big impact on the way we feel about ourselves, affecting our self-confidence. People with badly stained teeth often feel self-conscious about talking face-to-face with others, laughing, and even eating out for fear that the discolouration will reflect poorly on them and their hygiene routines. It’s important to note, though, that discolouration is rarely related to oral hygiene, and even those that have a strict oral health routine, cleaning their teeth, mouth-washing, and flossing regularly, can suffer from staining.

What is Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the colour of your teeth to reduce or remove staining. There are two main types of staining that can happen to our teeth: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic staining is the most common type of staining and is caused by staining pigments, usually from strongly coloured food and drink (e.g coffee, tea, wine) or tobacco use, build up in the protective layer coating the tooth’s enamel. Intrinsic staining is when the staining makes it past the protective layers and stains the tooth itself. It is less common, and harder to treat, but whitening can still address the problem. The staining we all experience as we get older is usually a mixture of extrinsic and intrinsic staining as the coating and enamel wear down making it easier for staining agents to affect the tooth.

There are a number of different methods available to whiten your teeth depending on the extent of the staining, your budget, and the speed and type of results you are looking for.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste is the most common method of keeping your teeth sparkling and white. They generally don’t work against severe staining and are instead better suited to preventing staining from building up to noticeable levels with everyday use. Depending on the brand, whitening toothpastes either work by mild chemical agents or gentle polishing particles.

Bleaching

Bleaching works by applying a chemical bleaching agent to your teeth, usually in multiple sessions, over the course of a couple of weeks. The chemical agent reacts with the staining particles to lighten the colour of your teeth. At-home kits are limited by law to a lower strength for safety than those available in dental clinics and therefore have a lesser effect.

Laser Whitening

Laser whitening uses a similar bleaching agent to bleaching your teeth, but the process is expedited by a laser light treatment. This method can only be conducted in a dental clinic. It is the fastest and strongest treatment available, offering a stark difference in just a single one-hour session.

Why You Should Have Your Teeth Whitened By a Dentist

While many at-home teeth whitening options are available to purchase, you should always seek the help and advice of your dentist before making any choices. With the proper care, attention, and understanding of the different techniques required for different staining situations, you can risk permanent damage to your teeth, mouth, or gums due to chemical burns from the bleaching agents. A dental professional will also be best able to advise you on how to whiten your teeth when you have crowns, veneers, or braces without damaging them.

Teeth whitening conducted by a dental clinic is also vastly superior to the at-home kits available in terms of the results you can expect and the speed of the procedure. Many people look to have their teeth whitened before a big event, but at-home kits can take weeks of repeated usage to show moderate results. A professional teeth whitening service provided by your dentist can show much better results in just a single session with almost no risk to your oral health.

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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we offer two types of denture, complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. If you are having extractions, we can also provide you with an immediate denture. This is often an interim denture so you can avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth.

A denture usually lasts between five and seven years. Time and natural changes in the mouth will affect the fit and wear patterns of your denture. If your denture is worn and doesn’t fit as well as it used to, it may require a repair or reline. Having your denture checked every two years will help to ensure a proper fit and by following your denture care instructions, you’ll extend the life of your replacement teeth. 

Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. 

It is advised that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This will help to prevent any major oral health issues from occurring. However, if you have bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth or jaw pain it is advised to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we know attending the dentist can be difficult for nervous and anxious patients. We offer a number of options to help make your next visit as calm and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and a friendly dental technician will be able to give you all the options available. 

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