Everyone loves a pearly white smile, but everyday foods and beverages and other factors can cause discoloration in your teeth. Dr. Suril Amin, dentist at Sensational Smiles in Carshalton, Sutton, explains what causes staining on your teeth and how bleaching works as a tooth discoloration treatment to brighten your smile.
What is staining caused by?
- Tea, coffee, and red wine
- Corsodyl mouthwash
- Some antibiotics
- Some medication
- Dental decay
What are the different types of teeth stains?
- Extrinsic Staining
This is superficial surface stain, which is easily removed with a simple cleaning by the hygienist. Check out our latest equipment that removes this staining gently and effortlessly.
- Intrinsic Staining
This is staining that has built up in the internal portion of the tooth. Chromogenic particles transfer from the food and drinks we consume and get trapped inside the teeth. These particles are very small and they diffuse through the enamel into the inside bit of the tooth, which is called the dentine. The dentine is porous, so it absorbs these small particles. As the particles accumulate, they get bigger, and hence become trapped in the structure of the teeth. The only way to remove these stains is by using dental bleach. See our Tooth Whitening page for more details.
How does bleach whiten teeth?
The simplest explanation is that the bleach diffuses through the tooth, reaching the dentine. This is where it breaks the large stain particles down into smaller particles, allowing them to pass through the teeth.
Is it a permanent thing? How long does it last?
Results from professional teeth whitening can last up to two years, but this all depends on your daily habits. If you smoke or drink coffee, tea, or red wine on a regular basis, your teeth will become discoloured more quickly. It is easy to keep your smile looking its best with maintenance treatments performed either in our office or at home every six to twelve months.
How much does it cost?
Our dentists charge £350 for at-home bleaching and £595 for power bleaching. Our prices include a brief examination to ensure your mouth is healthy enough for bleaching.
Which type of bleaching should I use?
If you want your teeth a little bit whiter but not intensely white, then go for the £350 at-home bleaching treatment. If you’re getting married or want them really white, then go for the power bleaching.
How do I learn more?
Call us today on 020 8629 1433 for a free consultation over the phone. Please note that we will ask some questions to ensure that you are a good candidate for treatment, such as information about your medical history.
Teeth whitening is an affordable, convenient way to maintain a youthful look. Schedule your treatment at Sensational Smiles in Carshalton, Sutton today at 020 8629 1433.