Does Severe Teeth Staining Have to be Permanent?

How patients can improve the whiteness of their teeth at The Lodge Dental Suite.

Most patients will have seen advertisements for whitening toothpastes on the TV, and perhaps even tried them.

The chances are though, unless you were looking for a very minor top up, that you will have noticed little or no difference at all. In fact, where the teeth are severely stained, we are confident in saying that these toothpastes are probably a waste of money.

Teeth whitening

Generally speaking, when patients visit our Cheshunt dental practice asking to have their teeth whitened, we initially suggest our popular teeth whitening procedure. This is far more effective than any shop bought whitening toothpaste and can be performed, in a non invasive manner, either at our dental practice in just one hour, or, over a period of time, in the comfort of your own home.

Because of its success and easy procedure, this is usually the best place to start for most people. It is not, however, the most ideal solution for some.

Bad staining

For those who teeth are badly stained, whether from years of smoking, or from the yellowing effect of ageing, a simple teeth whitening procedure may make some difference, but quite probably not enough to satisfy the patient. Whilst we are more than happy for our patients from Enfield and Waltham Abbey to have this procedure to see what the results are; some, with very heavily stained teeth, may not be fully satisfied and often take the next step in teeth whitening by having porcelain dental veneers fitted.

Whereas a teeth whitening procedure, works by lightening the colour of the natural tooth, dental veneers are used to replace the badly stained surface enamel on the front teeth. The procedure is relatively simple, and, following the administering of a local anaesthetic, the stained front surface of the teeth is removed. Impressions are then taken and temporary veneers fitted whilst the porcelain veneers are produced at a dental laboratory.

On their return, the temporary veneers are removed and the new porcelain veneers fitted using a strong dental cement to hold them securely in place. Finally, the veneers are trimmed and polished to give a natural appearance.

Do veneers stain?

A few patients that have had badly stained teeth ask us whether, if they have veneers, they will also stain. The answer is no as they are non porous. It should however, be borne in mind that many staining factors, such as smoking, also contribute to other oral health problems such as mouth cancer and gum disease and are best avoided anyway.

For more information on how we can whiten your teeth, please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643 388.