How Can I Improve the Whiteness of My Teeth?

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The answer to this question largely depends upon the type of staining that we are trying to eliminate or remove from the surface of the teeth. The two types of teeth staining are:
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Extrinsic Staining

Extrinsic staining, meaning staining sitting on the superficial surface of the teeth often occurs in patients who smoke or drink a lot of coffee or tea. Sometimes young patients present with extrinsic staining from swimming in chlorinated pools. In cases like this, extrinsic staining can often be removed through a regular or a thorough scale and clean and polish. The staining is very superficial and only on the surface. And hence, it can also be removed through the use of the right abrasive toothpaste, bearing in mind that there are some negative implications to using these types of products.
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Intrinsic Staining

If the staining is intrinsic, or deep in the tissues of the teeth it is often harder to budge. Intrinsic staining occurs in the enamel of patients that have been consuming a lot of coffee tea over time, and it’s now backed up and infused into the enamel tooth structure. Although rare, tetracycline staining resulting from exposure to tetracycline antibiotics in childhood, can be a form of hard to remove intrinsic staining.
People that tend to have a red-headed tendency can also carry a bit more pigment in their enamel. In these instances, changing the colour of the teeth can be a little bit more difficult. This is where your dentist or one of our My Dentist clinicians can consult and discuss the differences between the professional whitening options that we have available, and how they can help in reducing the discoloration of the teeth.
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At My Dentist, we offer two main options for teeth whitening.
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At-home Teeth Whitening Procedure

One being the at-home teeth whitening procedure, which involves making custom-fitted trays unique to each individual, and using a high level of peroxide. Gentle enough to be able to do the whitening, but strong enough to make a difference to the shade.
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Zoom Teeth Whitening

The second option that we have is Zoom teeth whitening. This is the world’s leading in-chair whitening procedure, and it involves coming to our practice for about an hour and a half or two hours. And having a strong whitening gel activated by a special light to produce a wonderful result equivalent to about two to three weeks of the at-home whitening.
If you are concerned about the shade of your teeth, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 07 3356 3636. And we’d be happy to arrange a free consultation with one of our skilled clinicians to discuss the options that you have with teeth whitening.

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