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Care and advice
Top tips to get the best out of your visit to the dentist, and to ensure you keep smiling for life.
Why are my teeth discoloured?
Teeth lose their natural colour for many reasons, but the main causes of teeth looking yellow are food and drink, oral hygiene and age.
Drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and certain fruits, such as blueberries, stain teeth quite badly. Smoking is another common culprit.
Is teeth whitening safe?
As long as you have healthy teeth and gums, teeth whitening is perfectly safe. One factor to look out for is the peroxide concentration in the whitening agent, as it may weaken the tooth enamel.
How long will my teeth stay white?
The treatment has a long-term impact on the colour of your teeth, but they will not be immune to the same discolouring as they previously suffered. Stains build up on your teeth from everyday living.
Tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and spicy foods can all dull the natural colour of your teeth. To maintain the impact of the treatment it is advisable to brush your teeth more frequently. Your Portman dentist will explain the procedure and aftercare at your first appointment.
Can I have my teeth whitened if I have cavities or gum problems?
Before treatment you will always be seen by one of our dentists to make sure that having your teeth whitened is right for you.
It is not a good idea to have your teeth whitened if you have existing dental problems, as the whitening agent can aggravate any cavity or gum problems.