Have your pearly whites lost their lustre? Regular consumption of coffee, tea, cola and red wine can contribute to discolouration of your teeth. So too can tobacco, ageing, medication, poor oral hygiene and your genetic make-up. People often attempt to fix their pearly whites through store-bought solutions like whitening toothpaste, strips or other products left on your teeth.
Your desire to whiten your teeth is understandable, but the products advertised in stores will never work as well as a whitening system used by your dentist. Chemical and abrasive at home solutions provide only part of the process needed to ensure that your teeth are whitened safely and efficiently. The other part is focused application to remove plaque and tartar without damaging tooth enamel.
Plaque and Tartar
Many people do not understand the difference between plaque and tartar and how it affects your while smile. Here is a primer regarding the difference between the two and treatment necessary to keep your pearly whites white.
Plaque is a slimy biofilm created by the bacteria in your mouth and deposited on your teeth and gums. Plaque can becaused by both oxygen needing bacteria (aerobic) and bacteria who survive without it (anaerobic). Plaque is best controlled through regular brushing and flossing although a dental cleaning can remove plaque buildup from hard to reach areas when flossing and brushing your own teeth.
Tartar, or calculus, is a calcium build up on the teeth and gums that is the main cause of discolouration. There are several causes of calculus, but the simplest thing to remember is that it takes minerals and deposits a crystalline structure on your teeth that is as hard as a rock. Calculus needs to be removed with focus and precision in order to prevent removal of the enamel which is often times softer than the calculus.
While these are the main causes of tooth discolouration and disease, they are added to by staining ingredients like tea, coffee, and wine, and aggravated by damage causing things like tobacco, not brushing and flossing or even certain medications.
The natural by-products of eating and drinking add together with many environmental and genetic circumstances to leave your teeth looking less than ideally white and feeling less than perfect too. In order to remove the build-up of stains, plaque and tartar, you need focused removal of the build-up.
Focus Takes Training
A dentist or dental hygienist trains on understanding the difference between unwanted deposits on your teeth and healthy enamel. They practice removing them using the safest and most effective methods modern society has created.
With that training in hand, a qualified dental cleaning removes discolouration, cleans up unwanted bacteria and extends the life of your teeth.
Whiten Teeth in One Hour or Less
Although plaque and tartar can cause discolourations and cause tooth disease, it can be swiftly and safely removed from your teeth with the right system.
Rather than using harsh chemicals and abrasives, BriteSmile‘s Hydrogen Peroxide gel is activated using blue light and carefully applied by a qualified technician. Hydrogen peroxide releases Oxygen which bonds with bacteria, plaque and other stain causing agents and neutralizes it. In 3 20 min. sessions your teeth will be left whiter, cleaner and healthier.
These stains and discolouration can age your smile, but fortunately there is a quick and easy way to reclaim naturally white teeth. In as little as 1 hour, we can restore confidence in your smile using the safe and effective BriteSmile teeth whitening system.
Contact Hills Dental Care for more information about our BriteSmile teeth whitening system and other products to keep your smile healthy and beautiful no matter your age or lifestyle.