man comparing the colour of his teeth with various shades of white and yellow

Having a white, healthy smile is something everyone wants to achieve.

Although stained or discoloured teeth may make us self-conscious, the effects can be reversible. Understanding the causes behind this common occurrence is essential in maintaining a pearly white smile.

Whiter teeth can help you make a better impression in both your work and social life, as well as boost your overall confidence.

Tooth discoloration is inevitable as we get older, though the process may be sped up when we eat certain foods. Cosmetic dental procedures can help you regain your beautiful white smile and help you treat the type of staining you have.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Figuring out the cause of your tooth discoloration will help reverse the effects and prevent any further damage to your teeth.

Though it may seem obvious, poor dental hygiene is one of the top causes of tooth discoloration. Failing to brush and floss your teeth daily allows food particles and bacteria to accumulate.

The buildup of plaque, which has a slight yellow tint to it, creates the perfect conditions for tooth stains and other dental problems.

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Certain medications, such as antidepressants, anti-psychotic drugs, and medication for high blood pressure can contribute to tooth discoloration. Medical treatments including chemotherapy or neck and head radiation are contributing factors as well.

Tooth trauma, caused by chipping or falling, damages the tooth’s enamel and leads to discoloration. This occurrence is more common in children, although adults can suffer from it as well.

Over-the-Counter Vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, as they produce great results and are minimally invasive.

Over-the-counter products such as whitening strips are a quick, convenient option if you’re in a rush. However, they only cover the front 6 teeth and the effects aren’t long-lasting. Other at-home whitening kits include the use of trays, gels, and bleaches.

lady receiving professional teeth whitening at dental clinicTypical timelines for these treatments can be anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months.

Kits advertised to give immediate results should be avoided, as harsh belching agents are used that do more damage than good.

Professional whitening treatments are also not immediate and usually take two weeks for the whitening process to be complete.

However, better results are guaranteed as custom-fitted trays are used, and the amount of bleach used is regulated according to your needs. Dental professionals will advise you on how to maintain your new white smile and what practices to follow to prevent tooth discoloration.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Pretoria Bridge Dental

Have you noticed your teeth aren’t looking as white as they used to?

Our teeth naturally change colours as we age, though we hurry along the process when we consume heavily pigmented foods and drinks.

Both minimally invasive and cost-effective, cosmetic dentistry can help you regain your teeth luminosity in no time. Our expert dental professionals use state-of-the-art teeth whitening equipment to provide you with the best results possible.

Reach out to us to learn more about cosmetic dental work and book your appointment today.