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.
Tucked 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.
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.
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.