Laser whitening can lighten your teeth by up to 8 shades in just one session. It does fade over time though and will need constant topping up.
Porcelain veneers can be applied in one or two visits and although are more expensive than basic tooth whitening, will last for many years. Veneers also correct crooked teeth, gaps between teeth and minor imperfections.
Why are my teeth yellow even though I clean them properly?
The main causes of teeth looking yellow are food and drink, oral hygiene and age. A high proportion of the foods we eat contain ingredients that are used by food manufacturers to add colour. Drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine, and certain fruits such as blueberries stain teeth quite badly.
Smoking is another culprit for yellow teeth. Dental hygienists recommend brushing several times a day and using a mouthwash to rinse. As you get older the enamel on your teeth will wear down, this exposes the underlying dentin layer which is yellow.
Is teeth whitening safe?
It is when the procedure is carried out by a qualified dentist. There have been cases of beauty salons and unqualified people performing teeth whitening treatments where they have used products containing a high amount of peroxide.
This is dangerous and we would always advise that teeth whitening is carried out by a fully qualified dentist.
Can I have my teeth whitened if I have cavities or gum problems?
We always advise people to have any problems treated before getting their teeth whitened. Whitening solutions can infiltrate into the inner parts of the mouth which will aggravate any cavity or gum problems.
How long can I expect the results of my teeth whitening to last?
It will vary from one person to another but on average the results last about 6 months. It is important to remember that food and drink that stained your teeth before will do so again.
Therefore it is advised to brush more frequently, don’t drink as much tea and coffee and try to give up smoking.
What is the best type of teeth whitening treatment?
Cosmetic dentists will be able to advise you on the right type of whitening treatment. Everyone is different as are their needs. At your consultation the dentist will be able to discuss the best dental treatment for you.