A sparkling white smile can do a lot for your confidence and overall appearance. Unfortunately, ageing, smoking and a fondness for certain foods or beverages, can all cause your teeth to turn a less than desirable shade. The good news is that if your smile has lost its sparkle, there are a number of ways to get it back.

At Holistic Dental Donvale, we have a number of treatments available to help remove pesky stains and have you flashing those pearly whites again in no time. Read on to find out more about teeth whitening solutions at your holistic dentist in Donvale.

What causes teeth to yellow or discolour?

Discoloured teeth tend to have three causes: food/drink stains, nicotine and ageing. Frequent consumption of highly acidic food and drinks, or those containing dark tannins, can lead to long-term tooth discolouration over time. Common tooth-staining culprits include red wine, tea and coffee, cola, curry, soy sauce and tomato-based sauces. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes can also cause yellow teeth.

In addition, poor dental hygiene as well as certain medications and illness can also cause teeth to discolour. Lastly, our teeth tend to yellow as we get older because the enamel thins, revealing the yellowish dentin underneath and leaving the tooth susceptible to acids from food and drink.

Types of dental discolouration

Tooth discolouration falls into two categories: extrinsic (staining that affects only the surface of the teeth) and intrinsic (discolouration that goes deep into the enamel). Food/drink staining, smoking and poor dental hygiene can all contribute to extrinsic staining.

Whitening this type of discolouration is often easier, as treatments only need to target stains on the surface of the teeth. Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, are often permanent, occurring underneath the enamel. Intrinsic tooth discolouration may be caused by injury, illness, medication or too much fluoride. These stains are more difficult to remove and may require veneers or crowns.

Your dentist at Holistic Dental Clinic Donvale can diagnose which type of dental discolouration you have, and can recommend a suitable treatment.

Affordable teeth whitening treatments at your holistic dentist in Donvale

Ready to enhance your smile? Take the first step to whiter teeth with a consultation with one of our holistic dentists in Donvale. We’ll answer any questions you may have, evaluate your dental health as well as your overall wellbeing. We’ll then recommend one of our teeth whitening solutions and give you a detailed cost estimate.

To book an appointment or to find out more, call (03) 9842 6675, email info@holisticdentaldonvale.com.au or fill out our enquiry form.

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