Avoid teeth staining – Use these tips to keep your smile bright!

Don’t let teeth stains get in the way of a great smile! Here is everything you need to know about teeth staining and how you can keep your smile squeaky clean!

There are many reasons why patients experience tooth staining. For example, food and drink choices play a big role in this as well as oral hygiene and medication use.

Tooth stains can develop on the surface of the tooth or below the tooth enamel.

What are the main causes of tooth stains?

There are three main categories of tooth discoloration:

  • Extrinsic teeth stains: This is where stains are found on the surface of the tooth. It occurs because of particles (commonly food and drink) building up over the tooth enamel. Regular tobacco use, coffee and tea, wine and cola drinks typically cause these types of stains.

If you have an extrinsic teeth stain, regular dental cleaning and the use of whitening toothpaste will reduce this.

  • Intrinsic teeth stains: This is where the stain appears below the surface of the tooth and accumulates within the tooth’s enamel. This type of tooth stain has been linked with excessive fluoride use.

Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove compared to extrinsic. They may require bleaching using professional products.

  • Age-related teeth stains: This is a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic tooth discoloration. The core tissue of your teeth naturally turns yellow over time causing your teeth to discolour with age. Equally, the enamel on your teeth becomes thinner as you age which will allow the yellowing core to show. When these intrinsic stains are combined with extrinsic causes such as the consumption of certain foods and beverages, most adult’s teeth will discolour with age.

How can I reduce teeth stains?

  • Drink using a straw: When drinking fizzy and sugary drinks try to use a straw (preferably environmentally friendly!) so that the liquid won’t touch the visible front surfaces of your teeth.
  • Have a consistent dental hygiene routine: Brush, floss and rinse with antibacterial mouthwash to fight plaque daily. Plaque is bad for your teeth and encourages stains by being sticky and giving stains something to hold on to.
  • Regular check-ups and professional cleans: By getting your teeth cleaned at least twice a year by a dental hygienist, it will help clear bacteria and keep your mouth healthy.
  • Use professional teeth-whitening methods: teeth-whitening works well if your teeth have started to turn yellow, if they are brown this may take longer. 

For patients in Oxfordshire, get your appointment booked in with us today to keep your smile shining!

Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign

Invisalign is a tooth aligning treatment which uses aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic which is worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move them over a period of time. The aligners are custom made for each patient by taking a 3D scan of their mouth.

If you are looking to straighten your teeth or your child’s teeth, you may have heard of Invisalign as an alternative to traditional brace treatments.

This article gives you some advice on the orthodontic treatment to help you decide if Invisalign is a suitable tooth aligning treatment for you as an individual.

So, what is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a tooth aligning treatment which uses aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic which is worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move them over a period of time. The aligners are custom made for each patient by taking a 3D scan of their mouth.

What are the advantages of Invisalign over braces?

  • Invisalign is more aesthetic

The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that the retainers are virtually invisible. This is a great treatment for adult patients who are concerned that traditional braces will leave them feeling self-conscious.

  • You don’t have to change what you eat

With Invisalign, you take the aligners out to eat which means you don’t have to change what you eat or how you eat it like you do with braces.

  • Brushing and flossing your teeth is easier with Invisalign

You’ll have to remove your Invisalign retainers to brush your teeth but with nothing on your teeth to worry about, you can continue brushing and flossing as you did before your dental treatment.

  • Less appointments are required

For Invisalign, most of the orthodontist’s work happens before you wear your aligners. You change the multiple sets of aligners but there is no need to visit the orthodontics for adjustments to the aligners, so visits are kept to a minimum to check on progress. This is great for adults who want to minimise the amount of time they miss off work for dental appointments.

What are the disadvantages of Invisalign?

  • Patients need to be strict

If you are someone who will forget to put their aligners back in after they have brushed their teeth, you won’t be wearing them for the required 22 hours per day so your treatment may take longer and not produce the best results.

  • Removing aligners to eat or drink can be inconvenient

Aligners need to be removed before eating and drinking anything other than water. When you are out in public, you need to remove your aligners discretely and not lose them and then before putting your aligners back on you must brush your teeth. In some situations, this isn’t ideal and can be a bit tricky! It’s important not to have any food particles in your teeth when putting the aligners back in as they can stop your teeth from moving and stain them.

  • Generally speaking, Invisalign is not as effective as braces

Invisalign isn’t typically recommended for complex orthodontic cases. Make sure you ask your orthodontist if they expect the same result from braces and Invisalign.

If you would like to learn more about how Kennett Road Dental in Headington, Oxfordshire can improve your dental health and smile with Invisalign treatments – Get your consultation booked in today!

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