Nearly half the adult population of the UK is unhappy with the appearance of their smile (48%) and the biggest single complaint is with the colour of teeth (64%). There are numerous causes of tooth discolouration, and if the shade of your teeth is currently making you frown, a dentist should be the first person you contact.
Visible dental plaque is the single largest cause of tooth discolouration – shockingly, 66% of us have visible plaque. This isn’t just bad news for your smile; it can also have serious consequences for your oral and general health, because plaque causes both gum disease and tooth decay, two leading causes of tooth loss.
Plaque can easily be avoided and treated. If that is what is causing your tooth discolouration, a visit to a dental hygienist will soon have you smiling again. Your hygienist won’t just remove all traces of plaque with a scale and polish, they will also help you to improve your home cleaning regime to prevent the problem happening again.
Common tooth stains such as those caused by tea, coffee, or nicotine can be successfully treated with teeth whitening. A reputable cosmetic dental practice, such as Blue Sky Dentistry in Belfast, must always be consulted for teeth whitening, to ensure that any procedure is effective, gentle, and safe.
Many products claim to deliver whiter teeth, but few live up to their promises. Whilst products bought from the high street are unlikely to produce the results you want, those obtained via the internet or from unlicensed providers such as some unscrupulous beauty salons can actually be dangerous.
Unlicensed teeth whitening products can sometimes contain dangerously high levels of hydrogen peroxide, which can cause serious damage to your teeth, gums, and mouth, potentially resulting in the need for extensive and expensive restorative dental treatment.
Teeth whitening products used by dentists are regulated by the General Dental Council and have been extensively tested and proven to be both predictable and safe. Treatment may involve using custom-made mouth trays and whitening gel at home, or a session of “power” whitening with a dentist at their surgery whilst you sit back and relax.