Discoloured teeth got you down?

Here are 3 ways to get your pearly whites looking pearly white again.

Last week we discussed the causes of tooth discolouration and what can be done to avoid it, but what happens if you struggle with it now and despite all your best efforts, you just can’t get your pearly whites, well, pearly white?  This week we will look at 3 way to get your teeth looking their very best.

  1. Professional tooth bleaching. This is what comes to mind for most people when they think of tooth whitening.  From over the counter or store bought teeth bleaching kits, to more professional kits tailor made at your local dentist, the variety and range of options can be overwhelming.  For best results, it is always advisable to talk to a dental health professional who can properly assess your teeth prior to whitening them to ensure your teeth are both suitable for whitening and also to suggest the best product for you.  This is an effective options when used correctly but is not a permanent whitening solution and you may need to do top up treatments over time.
  2. Internal tooth bleaching. This option is only for teeth that have been discoloured due to nerve death.  Since the source of the discolouration comes from the inside of the tooth, to gain the colour back, the tooth needs to be bleaching from the inside.  A root canal needs to be performed on the tooth prior to bleaching, but when successful, this can be an excellent alternative to placing more costly options such as crowns and veneers on discoloured teeth.   This too, is not a permanent whitening solution and you may need to do top up treatments over time.
  3. Porcelain crowns and veneers. This is a more stable and permanent option to gain and maintain whiter teeth.  It usually requires removal of a small part of original tooth and replacement with a porcelain restoration.  These are a great option if you want to whiten your teeth and have them stay that colour. Crowns in particular are also good for teeth that are heavily filled and keep breaking as they also help strengthen heavily restored teeth, preventing them from future fractures.

At the end of the day, there is no one solution fits all when it comes to tooth whitening.  Remember to always seek professional advice from a qualified dentist prior to using any whitening solutions as they may not work otherwise and there may be other options that are better suited to your needs.