DENTAL DILEMMAS – Dr Eugene Stanley from Synergy Dental Clinics helps with advice on dental problems
Q. How can I get my teeth looking white for when I go on holiday?
A. Most people tend not to pay too much attention to the colour of their teeth because they assume that by brushing regularly and having a robust dental hygiene regime in place, their teeth will naturally be white.
This isn’t always the case as there are several reasons why your teeth may not be perfectly white – the same way we have different colour hair and skin tones, this also applies to our teeth. Our teeth can also become stained from food and certain drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and dark fruits.
The two most common types being laser whitening and professional bleaching.
If you’re looking for instant results, then I recommend speaking your dentist about laser whitening treatments. The procedure can take as little as 30 minutes – they’ll place a rubber shield over your teeth to protect your gums and paint your teeth with a special bleach. After this, they’ll shine a laser on your teeth to activate the peroxide gel that’s in the bleach, which enters your teeth and lightens them from the inside out.
Professional bleaching takes slightly longer and involves using a gum shield, specifically moulded for your teeth and applying a whitening product for up to one hour at a time. Your dentist may do the first treatment, leaving you to continue the rest at home.
After you’ve completed your treatment, always try to ensure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day and reduce the number of sugary foods and drinks you consume.