Am I suitable for teeth whitening?
We offer teeth whitening to anyone over 18 who wants to improve their smile, but this treatment isn't suitable for everyone.
Generally, teeth whitening gel is effective at removing stains caused by food and drink, tobacco and natural ageing. However, it's less effective at lifting stains caused by a health condition or medication. You also can't whiten fillings, crowns or other dental restorations.
If you're not eligible for teeth whitening, you may still be able to whiten your smile with dental veneers.
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What causes teeth stains?
Our teeth naturally darken as we age, and some people's teeth are naturally less white than others. However, most teeth stains and discolouration can be prevented by making changes to your diet or lifestyle.
Food and drink with strong pigments or high acidity can cause stains to form, or weaken your teeth and make them easier to stain. This includes tea and coffee, red and white wine, soft drinks, fruit juices and other strongly-coloured foods and drinks.
Smoking or chewing tobacco can also cause teeth to stain, as can not brushing and flossing your teeth properly, which allows plaque to form.
Teeth can also be discoloured by injuries and trauma, certain health conditions or as a side-effect of medications, however these types of stains can't usually be treated with teeth whitening.