If your teeth are stained or you think your smile could do with a bit of extra sparkle, there’s a simple dental procedure that could be just what you’re after. Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly sought-after dental procedures, and it is both completely safe and a relatively simple procedure.
Causes of Stained Teeth
Stained teeth are extremely common. Stains can be caused by smoking, coffee, red wine, iron tablets and antibiotics, as well as through the natural aging process. Cutting down on the things that cause your teeth to stain can be an effective way to stop your teeth staining from worsening further.
How it Works
The teeth whitening process involves the use of hydrogen peroxide paste, which is placed on your teeth and rinsed off several times. The paste sets off a chemical reaction in the enamel that breaks down the staining compounds. The result is noticeably whiter teeth from one short treatment. It is not uncommon for a single procedure to lighten teeth by six or seven shades.
Can I Do it Myself?
While some over-the-counter products can be effective, it is important you see your dentist first to determine whether or not your stains are the type that is treatable with whitening, and which whitening method is best for you.
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First published: 06 November 2014