Written by I love my Smile Oral Hygienist – Ina Alberts

Many factors influence the color of our teeth.  Both internal and external factors can play a roll.  Internal factors can include developmental defects such as Fluorosis (caused by excessive fluoride intake during tooth development), tetracycline discoloration (intake of tetracycline antibiotics during tooth development) or bleeding of a tooth after trauma.  Our habits, diet, damage to tooth structure (such as during tooth decay) and age are some of the external factors that can also influence their color.

A clean smile is always a whiter smile! 

The protein layer on the outside of our teeth (called pellicle) can absorb colorants from our diet and make teeth appear darker than what they actually are.  What we consume on a daily basis and our habits influence the color of our teeth in this way.  Culprits are cigarette smoking, coffee, red wine, tea, curries, colored drinks and sweets.  A professional cleaning can remove these external discolorations and leave you with a whiter smile.

The better you care for your teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily the cleaner and whiter your teeth will look.  Sonic electric brushes and water flossers have made it much easier to better clean our teeth and is definitely worth the investment.  Whitening toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth mostly just remove stains en clean a bit better.  It is recommended that you choose professional whitening toothpastes rather than over the counter ones which can be abrasive and result in tooth sensitivity.  Twice yearly visits to a dental hygienist will assist in removal of hard deposits and stains on teeth, result in healthier gums and teeth and provide you with guidance on caring better for your smile. 

Whiten your way to a whiter smile!

With time discoloration in the protein layer around our teeth can enter the enamel and result in more permanent tooth discoloration.  That is why as we age our teeth become yellower.  Teeth whitening is a great solution for internal discolorations.  At I love my smile we offers 3 types of whitening options:

  1. A professional cleaning followed by a 10 minute in-chair whitening (ideal for smokers, coffee or wine drinkers as well as people who have whitened their teeth before and want to maintain it)
  2. A professional cleaning, in-chair teeth whitening combined with home whitening kit (custom made whitening trays and take home whitening gel). This option will provide the biggest shade jump and is advisable for first time whiteners. 
  3. A professional cleaning and home whitening kit (custom made whitening trays and take home whitening gel) can also provide good results. It involves doing all the whitening at home by yourself.  This is a bit of a longer process as teeth whiten gradually.


A tip for the ladies!

When buying lipstick rather choose one with a blue undertone instead of one with an orange/ yellow tone.  Blue is opposite to yellow on the color wheel and will tend to cancel out yellow tones, leaving your teeth looking whiter.
If you’d love to have a whiter smile but a hygiene visit is not satisfying enough and you’re not a candidate for teeth whitening, there are alternatives.  Restorations, crowns or veneers can provide a solution.  Visit us for a consultation.

ilovemysmile.co.za | info@ilovemysmile.co.za | 012 348 0665

ilovemysmile.co.za | info@ilovemysmile.co.za | 012 348 0665