Tooth whitening is a treatment that is popular in these image conscious times. White teeth project a sharp, clean, inviting and sexy image and are a bold signature of social confidence.
With the advent of better dentistry, fluoride containing toothpastes and an increased hygiene awareness, people are more likely to keep their teeth until they are 100 years old! Many of us are looking for ways to improve the appearance of our smiles as well as portraying a healthy, younger image – tooth whitening is essentially an anti-ageing treatment.
Tooth whitening is a method of lightening the colour of your teeth without the need to remove any surface tooth material. Very few people have “pearly white” teeth but the whitening process can change the shade of your teeth significantly enough to give a good contrast against your skin complexion.
The surfaces of your teeth gradually stain over the years through the consumption of foods which may contain certain natural or artificial dyes, smoking, poor tooth brushing technique and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, fizzy drinks etc. In some cases the porosity of the enamel is quite high making the teeth more likely to absorb stains. If you are unfortunate enough to have suffered from enamel erosion or wear your teeth will take on a darker appearance. In any case we all require a degree of stain removal and tooth whitening to improve the overall radiance of our smiles.