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What is tooth discolouration and what can you do about it?

Tooth discolouration


Our teeth are exposed to a tremendous number of strong forces. The pressure we exert on them every day is enormous. Proportionally the masseter muscle, which mediates chewing, is considered the strongest muscle in the human body. Teeth are also exposed to numerous other factors, such as foods and drinks with many various chemical compositions. Our foods can be both acidic or caustic and can contain various materials that are capable of staining them. Our teeth are naturally resistant to chemical changes of the oral cavity, however over time they can become discoloured. If you would like to get teeth whitening in Glasgow, book an appointment in our dentistry, Dental FX.

What causes tooth discolouration?

Tooth discolouration can be caused by a wide range of both natural and unnatural factors. Unnatural factors include the build up of dental plaque, which if left untreated calcifies into harder calculus. Tobacco consumption in most forms and, in cultures where it is prevalent, betel nut chewing has also been proved to cause tooth discolouration. Food and drink, such as red wine, coffee or black tea as well as many others can also contribute to tooth discolouration. Interestingly, the use of antiseptic mouthwashes have also been associated with tooth discolouration: cetylpyridinium chloride, an antibacterial compound often present in mouthwashes can leave bacterial residue behind. Chlorhexidine, another antimicrobial compound found in mouthwashes, also causes tooth discolouration by binding with tannins, found in coffee, tea and red wine. Metal compound exposure such as iron, cadmium, nickel, copper and iodine can result in tooth discolouration too. Even some antibiotics can have been shown to induce tooth discolouration. Then there are the natural causes including tooth decay, fluorosis, dental trauma or amalgam fillings as well as the natural aging process, which all contribute to tooth discolouration. In order to combat the formation of calculus it is imperative that you brush and floss your teeth regularly and moderate your coffee, tea and red wine consumption in order to avoid tooth discolouration. So there really is nothing wrong with wanting or needing to whiten your teeth in Glasgow, so why not book an appointment with us.

How does tooth whitening work?

At our dentistry, Dental FX, various teeth whitening solutions are available. Often, a visit to our dental hygienist is enough. We use Airflow treatments, which consist of compressed air with water and fine dust particles, which remove dental plaque and staining effortlessly and seamlessly. Airflow can produce great results and is a very quick and effective treatment. In cases where this is not sufficient, there is no reason to worry. During our teeth whitening treatment we also use a special gel with bleaching capabilities that is filled into whitening trays. This gently and safely removes any discolouration and staining from your teeth. During this treatment our cosmetic dentist will take an impression of your dental arches, which is used as a blueprint to manufacture your whitening trays. Once the whitening tray is made, the tooth whitening itself happens in the comfort of your home over the course of around 2 weeks. The trays are made on-site in Dental FX so you do not need to wait long to get them. Before starting your teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will check for any conditions that would make you unsuitable for teeth whitening.

What is teeth whitening in Glasgow?

Teeth whitening could be argued as the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry within the modern world of dental care! Tooth whitening could be considered as the perfect cosmetic solution for patients who are suffering from stains (which can occur through the consumption of highly pigmented food and drink), in addition to lifestyle habits such as smoking.


What makes our services unique?

Teeth whitening treatment at our clinic uses a special bleaching gel, in addition to bespoke custom-made whitening trays which are used in combination to gently and therefore safely remove stains from the surface of the teeth.

Is teeth whitening in Glasgow right for your unique dental case?

If you are an individual who is, unfortunately, suffering from yellowing, discoloured, or generally stained teeth, then tooth whitening could be the perfect cosmetic dental solution for your smile. Within the modern world of cosmetic dentistry, there are a wide array of teeth whitening treatments and brands that are now becoming widely available, despite this however at our clinic within Glasgow we use a trusted brand which produces long-lasting and professional results for our patients.

So… what are the alternatives?

At our clinic within Glasgow, we not only offer our patient’s tooth whitening, but we also offer a treatment commonly referred to as ‘airflow’ that essentially uses compressed air which removes plaque buildup, in addition to extremely stubborn stains from the surface of the teeth! In addition to airflow however, we also offer both porcelain and ceramic veneers. Veneers are extremely popular within the field of cosmetic dental care and are a perfect solution for patients who are suffering from teeth that cannot be amended through the use of teeth whitening.

What are the benefits of receiving teeth whitening in Glasgow?

In addition to feeling fantastic with your newly restored self-confidence, teeth whitening at our clinic can also be offered as a same day service. Teeth whitening is considered as an excellent option for patients who need to resolve the appearance of their smile in a short period of time whilst doing so in both a safe and professional manner.

Why choose our Dental FX clinic to receive your cosmetic dental treatment?

At our dental clinic within Glasgow we have heaps of experience within the field of cosmetic dental care, our experienced team of dental healthcare professionals specialise within a vast array of fields, whilst administering a high standard of dentistry within a clean, modern, and welcoming dental clinic. We understand that there is rising popularity within the field of dental care which is why we believe we offer a superior standard of dentistry that stands out amongst our competitors.

How to get in touch with a member of our dental team..

If our experienced dental clinic looks like it could work for your unique dental case then you may be wondering how to get in touch with a member of our dental team. Located on a modern and therefore easily accessible website we not only provide our patients with our direct telephone number however we also provide an online appointment form, in addition to our email address which can be found on the contact us page.

There is nothing quite like teeth whitening in Glasgow

Teeth whitening in Glasgow is popular the world over and it isn’t hard to understand why. Stains can build up on teeth after years of drinking and eating foods that gradually discolour teeth. Because there is such an association between health and clean, white and beautiful teeth, the obsession with maintaining the appearance of your teeth is quite strong in today’s society.


So, naturally, there is an abundance of research and products out there that support the action of whitening teeth professionally. We have the tools and equipment that is necessary to safely and effectively provide you with outstanding results with your smile, helping you to achieve a younger and fresher smile either in a short teeth whitening in Glasgow treatment in our dental practice or you can conveniently do this in the comfort of your own home.

I can buy a kit online. Why should I not do that?

The safety and effectiveness of buying a kit online and not through a professional cannot be guaranteed. The chemicals used to bleach away the stains on your teeth could be too harmful and strip your teeth of its protective coating, causing extreme sensitivity and even cause further discolouration.

That is because when the enamel on your teeth is reduced, you will find your teeth are more yellowed. This is what we call discolouration caused by ageing. By understanding that discolouration can be caused by a multitude of factors, we can begin to see the complexity of this treatment. There are several factors that do need to be evaluated before your teeth whitening in Glasgow so that we can expect realistic results.

What causes my teeth to turn yellow?

When we take a look at your teeth and discuss with you your lifestyle choices, we can determine what we believe to be the cause of the staining and therefore apply a treatment program that will be the most effective for you.

There are some kinds of discolouration that we are unable to have a significant effect on, such as discolouration caused by medication or from previous dental treatments such as a root canal.

Staining from foods or drink can be treated and we can work on this mistreatment to your teeth from many years ago. If you are unsure what kinds of foods will stain your teeth, simply determine whether the consumable in question will stain a white shirt, if the answer is yes, then it will be able to have an effect on the colour of your teeth over time.

How do I care for my teeth after the treatment?

The first 48 hours are the most important in caring for your smile if you want to enjoy the best effects of your teeth whitening treatment. Make sure you avoid any food or drink that can heavily stain your teeth as they are the most susceptible at this time.

By brushing your teeth regularly and perhaps choosing a whitening toothpaste and toothbrush, you can work on maintaining your brighter and healthier looking smile for years to come.

Is teeth whitening in Glasgow right for me?

Teeth whitening in Glasgow is a popular cosmetic dental treatment that is now widely available within the modern field of dentistry, the whitening gel is used to remove signs of staining, eventually resulting in a whiter (and therefore happier and more confident) smile. Despite there being many varieties accessible on the current dental market our clinic uses a safe and effective formula to allow our patients to lift extrinsic and intrinsic staining from the surface of their teeth in a short amount of time. 


What is cosmetic dentistry?

Teeth whitening in Glasgow is just one common example of the extensive array of cosmetic dental treatments available at our dental surgery (a few examples of which consist of porcelain veneers, and tooth polishing). Essentially, cosmetic dentistry’s primary aim is to improve the physical appearance of a patient’s smile, when doing so however many cosmetic procedures positively affect both the aesthetic and functional aspects of the teeth.

What causes staining of the teeth?

Stained or ‘yellowing’ teeth are extremely common within the modern world and unfortunately can be experienced by patients of all ages. Despite this many of our patients may be unable to pinpoint the exact reason for their miscolouring, which is where we step in!

Do you frequently consume highly pigmented food and drink?

Many patients may be unaware that the food and drink they are consuming is massively contributing to the appearance of their discoloured smile. Therefore, to name just a few common examples of highly pigmented food and drink; coffee, curry, fizzy drinks, and red wine can all cause an aesthetically unpleasant appearance. In addition to dietary concerns, many negative lifestyle factors (such as excessive smoking) can also contribute to your mismatched smile.

Ensuring our patients achieve their dream smile, every time..

Choosing the right dental treatment for your unique dental case can be a tricky decision, this is why at our clinic within Glasgow we choose to adopt a patient-centred approach. Our collaborative, professional, and friendly approach to dentistry allows our team of dentists to treat every dental case as unique, this therefore ensures our patients achieve the best possible results for their smile.

Why choose us?

At our clinic within Glasgow we boast an impressive and varied team of dental healthcare professionals, every single one of our dentists is trained to take pride in the high standard of dentistry they provide at our surgery. In addition to our friendly team of dentists we also embrace the latest advancements within dental technology, using modern treatments allows our patients to achieve the results they desire to the highest possible standard.

A dental service you can trust..

Located on our modern and accessible dental website we display an extensive range of patient testimonials, these impressive and positive reviews can help our patients make the right decision for them (whilst gaining an outsider’s perspective on the services we provide). Just one example of our many testimonials states that they would happily recommend our services to their associates, which we believe is a credit to the excellent care we provide.

Everything you need to know about teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is an effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth using a specially formulated gel. Teeth whitening in Glasgow with Dental FX is a cost-effective and safe way to buffer your smile, protecting the surface of your teeth whilst lightening them several shades. If you are interested in teeth whitening in Glasgow, there are a few things you should consider. What is the best method for you? Are your teeth suitable for this kind of treatment and are you aware of the minor side-effects? To find out everything you need to know about teeth whitening in Glasgow, contact us and we would be happy to arrange your consultation.


Can anyone get their teeth whitened?

You may have seen a lot of adverts floating around on social media, promoting home teeth whitening. Although these methods may be effective for some people, not everyone has suitable teeth for whitening which is why it is important to seek advice from a dentist. Generally, yellow or discoloured teeth react well to lightening gel. However, grey-toned or brown teeth are usually too damaged to see positive outcomes, as well as teeth with caps, crowns, veneers or fillings. Similarly, teeth that are discoloured as a result of an injury or medications would not be appropriate for whitening.

What is the best method of whitening

There are many methods of whitening, some which are more effective than others. Low cost and easily accessible methods include whitening toothpaste, bleaching strips or charcoal whitening powder but, these options don’t tend to show the same results as dentist-recommended treatments. Many dentists would argue that the treatment with the best, proven results, is at-home bleaching. For at home bleaching, a unique mouth tray is created from a mould of your teeth, which is then filled by you with a whitening solution. Results usually take a few weeks to show, but this method is extremely cost effective, long lasting and easy to manage.

Are there any side-effects?

As with any form of medical treatment, whitening can have some minor side-effects. The most common of these is tooth sensitivity, which is why this method is not recommended for people with incredibly sensitive teeth. It is possible to experience some minor pain but rest assured, there are ways to manage it. First of all, follow advice from your dentist. If they recommend you only leave your trays in for up to two hours a day, do not exceed that. Secondly, purchase some anti-sensitivity toothpaste and some fluoride rinses to help alleviate symptoms, as well as suitable pain relievers if advised to by your dentist. However, most people minimise discomfort by limiting their intake of hold and cold drinks and giving their teeth a break from whitening.

Will my teeth stay white?

Teeth whitening largely depends on your eating, drinking and recreational habits. If you smoke, drink coffee and neglect oral health care, the whiteness will fade quicker than with someone who avoids all of those things. If you do look after your teeth, whitening can last up to a few years and can even be extended further using similar whitening products. 

Two ways to get your teeth looking lighter

Here at Dental FX in Glasgow, we like to offer two ways to get rid of stains to make your teeth look lighter and brighter.

Teeth lose their pearlescent luminosity over the years because of what we eat and drink. If you are partial to several litres of tea or coffee a day, or if you like to relax with a glass of good red in the evenings, then you increase your chances of staining your teeth. Particles of pigment from these drinks, plus various other highly pigmented foods and drinks get lodged in the pores of tooth enamel. Tobacco, of course, is another big offender.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowTucked away like this, they can’t be removed with a good brushing and flossing. Over time, the staining builds up.

So, how to get rid of these stains? Well, you can choose between two methods:


This is a great way to remove stains that our hygienist uses. Airflow uses a gentle jet of air combined with fine particles and water to gently remove hardened plaque. It also removes stubborn stains without any scraping.

You may well find that once your teeth have been given the Airflow treatment, you don’t need to get them whitened. But if you do still want teeth whitening, then we also have that on offer.

Teeth whitening

This treatment works by lifting stains out using a gel containing hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient.

The first step with teeth whitening is to get bespoke gel trays made. To do this, we need to take impressions of your teeth. We can often make impressions and have them ready for you that same day. So, you could come into Dental FX in the morning and get your take-home kit on your way home from work. You put the whitening gel in the trays and wear them over your teeth for a short period every day. Generally speaking, it takes about 2 weeks to whiten your teeth.

Intrinsic discolouration

Sometimes your discolouration is in the tooth structure itself, and it can’t be removed. In this case, we would recommend veneers as a way to hide this problem.

Fresher smiles start with teeth whitening

Now that summer is knocking at the door, people are starting to think of new clothes, making over their houses and gardens and other ways to freshen things up a little.

One great way to bring a freshness to your smile, which is your most important non-verbal tool of communication, is to have your teeth whitened. Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive procedure and at Dental FX in Glasgow, we offer a same-day service so that you can get going on your treatment straight away.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowHow whitening works

Teeth get stained and discoloured as we go through life, and pigments from the things we consume get caught in our tooth enamel. Whitening lifts those stains out and also works on the enamel itself to lighten it.

Whitening treatments use hydrogen peroxide, a tried and trusted whitener. This is put into a gel that you soak your teeth in every day for a short period to lift out the stains.

To make sure that the gel gets maximum contact with the teeth, you need bespoke gel trays. These trays fit you precisely and means there is less chance of any gel coming out and getting into the rest of your mouth.

When you come into Dental FX, we taken impressions of your teeth and then make the gel trays for you that very same day.

You go home with a whitening kit and then put some gel into the trays and wear them for a short period every day. Depending on the severity of your discolouration, it takes 2-3 weeks for your teeth to reach the desired shade of white.

Keeping up appearances

Whitening is not a permanent treatment but you can extend the life of it by being careful to avoid the foods and drinks that cause staining. These include tea, coffee and red wine. You can also brush your teeth after every meal to remove stains.

When your teeth do need a top-up treatment, all you have to do is come in for more gel and you are good to go.

Great isn’t it? Why not book a consultation and let’s get started on your summer smile.

Common teeth whitening questions

When you approach a cosmetic dentistry treatment, like teeth whitening in Glasgow, it’s best to ask all the questions you have upfront. At Dental FX, we love talking to our patients about ways to improve their smile whether that’s through oral healthcare or a cosmetic procedure. We are happy to give you all the answers you need to feel comfortable going ahead.

It can feel strange at first when you decide to have an elective dental treatment because people are not used to thinking about visiting the dentist as something that can be fun and exciting. However, patients usually find that changing their mindset opens up a whole range of cosmetic possibilities.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowYou can get specific information about how teeth whitening will work for you when you get in touch with Dental FX. Below are just some of the common questions we hear from patients who come to us for this procedure.

How much does it cost?

Currently, the cost for teeth whitening with Dental FX is £225. Depending on how you care for your teeth, you can expect the effects to last up to three years. To put this in perspective, people often get their haircut every six weeks at an average cost of £25 per time. Over three years that’s £650 and more than eight visits per year.

Does it hurt?

Teeth whitening has been given to millions of people all over the word and is safe. You should not feel any sensations during the procedure. Occasionally, some patients experience sensitivity after a teeth whitening. This is usually temporary and can be addressed using products recommended by your dentist at Dental FX.

What results can I expect?

When you have your first consultation with Dental FX, we will assess your teeth to make sure that you have stains that will respond to treatment. Most people will see their teeth lighten by several shades. Occasionally patients present with stains that are part of the structure of their teeth. This is caused by early ingestion of certain medications or chemicals. These stains do not respond to lightening procedures and, if this is the case for you, we would need to discuss other options for refining your smile.

Keep that youthful smile

When people fret about how old they are looking these days, they tend to scrutinise their faces and necks, pulling cheeks up and back, pulling at the loose skin under their chins. People can spend a fortune trying to smooth away the years from their faces. Yet they neglect another sure sign of their age: the state of their teeth.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowTeeth age too. They become yellower and lose their shine, the edges get worn flat and the gums can recede, making the teeth look longer. One way to lose a few years in a few minutes or days is with teeth whitening. Here at Dental FX in Glasgow, teeth whitening is already popular with our younger patients; it’s the older ones who need persuading.

Those who are happily married or in a long-term relationship may never need to do anything to get the teeth of their youth back, but for older people back on the dating scene, having an alluring smile is really important.

Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us and they will make subconscious or conscious judgments about it. So, if you are planning on going dating, having an attractive smile will make all the difference to your chance of romance.

Our teeth collect traces of pigment from the food and drinks we consume. If you are big on tea, coffee, red wine, berries or tomato-based foods, there’s a strong likelihood that your teeth have stains from these things in the enamel.

Most surface stains are easily removed with teeth whitening, which can be done either here at Dental FX in a matter of about an hour, or at home in two or three weeks, depending on the severity of the staining.

Teeth whitening is a not a permanent treatment, although once you have had your teeth whitened once, they are unlikely to ever get so stained again. You can extend the life of your whitening by avoiding foods and drinks that stain, and also by brushing your teeth after every meal so that stains don’t have time to get established. You can also have top-up whitening treatments to keep your teeth pearly-white.

Brighten your teeth with teeth whitening in Glasgow

We all want a brighter smile, yet very few people have pearly white teeth naturally. If brushing, regular dental cleanings and lifestyle changes just aren’t enough, professional teeth whitening is a safe and cost-effective solution to make your smile bright again. At Dental FX in Glasgow, we believe that the most comfortable, effective and safest way to brighten your teeth is for us to provide you with a customised tooth whitening kit with bleaching trays.

What causes yellow teeth?

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowTeeth tend to become darker as we age, however, genetics and lifestyle choices may accelerate this process. Coffee, tea and red wine are notorious for staining the teeth, yet other drinks with high acidity such as soda, juices and sports drinks can also stain tooth enamel. Highly pigmented foods can cause staining over time. Even healthy foods including blueberries and strawberries can stain your teeth.

Your genetic profile also determines whether you teeth will be on the white or the yellow side. This not about the colour, but the thickness of the enamel. People with thin tooth enamel are more likely to have their teeth appear yellow compared to people with very thick tooth enamel. Last but not least, some medications are also responsible for tooth staining.

At-home teeth whitening with trays

At Dental FX, we use tray bleaching, a type of professional whitening that employs custom-made trays and whitening gel prescribed by our dentists. Once you receive the custom-fitted trays, you will fill them with whitening gel and wear them for a few hours a day for two or three weeks. At-home teeth whitening is entirely safe and will not hurt your teeth and gums. It generally takes 10-14 days, but you will be able to notice results within the first few days.

Ready to regain your smile?

Once the treatment is over, you will notice how different your teeth look. Unlike over-the-counter products that can cause gum irritation and discomfort, professional teeth whitening at Dental FX is safe, tested and entirely comfortable. If you would like to know more about teeth whitening or any of our cosmetic procedures, just give us a call and our friendly dentists will be happy to help you.