Natural wear and tear or tooth grinding can cause your teeth to chip or wear away. Teeth can become discoloured, chipped, worn and/or crooked, which may affect oral health and may lead to people becoming more self-conscious of their teeth. Your dentist can treat discoloured, chipped, worn and crooked teeth with a range of dental procedures.
What treatments are available for discoloured teeth?
When your teeth are discoloured, in many cases bleaching can whiten your teeth. At home, whitening involves a special mould that holds a whitening gel, used daily for two weeks. The mould will be made during a dentist appointment and the dentist will provide guidance and advice about how to use the whitening gel and the risks involved with bleaching (e.g. tooth sensitivity).
When teeth discolour due to damage inside the tooth (e.g. after root canal treatment), your tooth can be bleached from the inside. This will have to be done by your dentist. Please see your dentist to discuss all available options regarding discoloured teeth.