Can I change the colour of my teeth even if they have always been discoloured?
Yes, in most cases teeth will whiten nicely although some peoples teeth don’t respond as well as others. Sometimes teeth that are naturally coloured yellow or brown just take longer to whiten. We have found that tetracycline staining responds to Zoom Chair side combined with home whitening.
Why have my teeth discoloured over the years?
Many of us have stains on the teeth due to our habits and lifestyle. Certain food and drinks are more likely to cause stains like tea, coffee and red wine as well as smoking. Sometimes a front tooth may have discolouration because it is dead or has had root canal treatment which can be successfully treated with bleaching.
Can everyone have their teeth whitened?
The main exceptions are hypersensitivity to the whitening gel and pregnancy.
Is there anything I need to avoid or be careful with when I am whitening my teeth?
The best results are achieved by following all the instructions carefully. You will need to use the gel for the correct length of time every day. If you experience sensitivity this will stop if you stop whitening temporarily and brush with a high fluoride toothpaste or Sensodyne toothpaste. You will need to follow the dietary restrictions like avoiding tea, coffee, red wine during the whole treatment and for 24 hours after the treatment is finished.
How long will the effects last?
This depends on whether you drink lots of tea, coffee, red wine, and whether you smoke. Depending on how much tea, coffee and red wine you have, the results can be maintained if you do a top-up every 4-8 weeks, which is just a single day or night application.