Yellow teeth happen for a variety of reasons; smoking habit, chewing tobacco, drinking coffee/tea, eating pigmented/colored food etc. (extrinsic stains) OR caused by aging, tetracycline, fluoride and internal bleeding (intrinsic stains). Read more here. Practicing good oral hygiene is a good start to a whiter teeth. But in case you are already stuck in a situation where your teeth turned yellow especially because of your bad smoking habit, these are few options you can use or practice to remove nicotine stains from your teeth. First, you must know;
Why nicotine is bad for your teeth??
Once you start using nicotine products, whether by smoking or chewing tobacco product, it doesn’t take long for your teeth to take on a yellowish appearance. Over time, your teeth will turn darker or begin to look brownish. It doesn’t stop there because nicotine can also cause bad breath and severe gum infection hence, damaging your teeth.
Air Polishing has proven results to remove the toughest stains caused by day to day smoking and even drinking. It removes up to 100% of dental plaque thereby helping to prevent decay, gingivitis, and gum disease. It is best believed to be far more effective than traditional polish treatment. Additionally, air polishing is a much more gentle process of stain removal and leaves patients with an evenly smooth surface across their teeth.
The procedure utilizes a fine jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles to gently and completely remove light staining (extrinsic stains) usually caused by nicotine, tea, and coffee, as well as staining caused by some mouthwashes.
A power bleaching treatment typically involves isolation of soft tissue with a resin-based, light-curable barrier, application of a professional dental-grade hydrogen peroxide whitening gel (25–38% hydrogen peroxide), and exposure to the light source for 6–15 minutes. If your stains are set deeper in the tooth than the average superficial stains mainly caused by intrinsic stains such as aging, tetracycline, fluoride or internal bleeding OR light stains such as smoking and daily habit of consuming highly-pigmented food (coffee/tea), then you might require professional in-office bleaching/whitening sessions.
Roughly half of all patients who undergo the treatment have results that last for years, depending on your stains type/category. While some slight fading is inevitable, for most patients with good dental hygiene this will not occur for about two years. Another alternative for long-lasting white effect will be veneer treatment, though this type of treatment will cost you more than traditional bleaching and polishing treatments.
Both treatments need to be done by professional dentists/hygienists. Do ask for assistance if you have any uncertainty.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Contact information as shown below.
KLINIK PERGIGIAN 1ST DENTAL BUKIT JELUTONG
2-1-01 D’Vida Jalan Bazar U8/101
Bukit Jelutong, 40150 Shah Alam,
0378596757 / 0122175857 / 01161114972
Mon-Sat : 9am-4pm
KLINIK PERGIGIAN 1st DENTAL TAMAN EHSAN, KEPONG
No 2423-1, Jalan E3 6, Taman Ehsan
52100 Kuala Lumpur.
0362748710 / 0122955857
Mon-Sat : 9am-3pm