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11 June 2018

Our Surbiton cosmetic dentists discuss how to maintain whiter teeth.

One of the most visibly obvious and common ‘defects’ of our teeth is when they lose their whiteness and start to become discoloured. This discolouration might range from a loss of the sparkly whiteness, to a very dark yellow, or even brown in the case of long term smokers.

Although we offer treatments such as teeth whitening or dental veneers, at the Confidental Clinic, that can restore your teeth to their former glory, it does make sense to prevent them from becoming discoloured in the first place; but is this possible?

Enamel quality

The first place to start in keeping your teeth looking white is to take good care of the enamel on your teeth. This should be done by brushing your teeth well, both morning and night. It is important though that you do so correctly and don’t brush so hard that you damage the enamel. Purchasing an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor may help with this. You should also avoid enamel damaging food and drinks, including those high in sugar and/or acidic foods.

If the enamel becomes damaged, small pits will appear on the surface which will attract staining. It will also cause the enamel to thin, showing the darker layer below.


You can help to keep your teeth whiter by avoiding food and drinks that stain the teeth. These include regular consumption of tea, coffee, red wine, soya sauce and some darker berries. It goes without saying that smoking too will cause discolouration. It also greatly increases the risk of other serious problems such as gum disease and oral cancers.

Discolouration through ageing

Now for the bad news. However well you look after your teeth and avoid staining products, your teeth will gradually discolour. This is part of the ageing process when the dentin layer (the one below the enamel) starts to become darker. Although this will eventually become obvious anyway, it may happen much faster if you have not taken good care of the enamel.

All is not lost however, and even this unavoidable cause of tooth discolouration can be reversed using the teeth whitening procedure that we offer at our Surbiton practice. This is a very effective treatment and is also perfectly safe, even if repeated a number of times. This is important as patients should be aware that the results will start to fade after several months. The fact that the procedure is safe to repeat, means that you can have fantastic looking white teeth, well into your senior years!

If your teeth have become stained, however it has happened, and you would like to find out more about how we can help you, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8399 1291 to arrange your initial appointment.

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