Why Should I Whiten My Teeth?


Maybe you have always wanted a beautiful white smile. Your teeth may have yellowed over time. Perhaps, you are not happy with the staining that may result from drinking coffee, tea or cola. Whatever your reason for wanting whiter teeth, you are not alone.

Just as we all have different hair and skin colour, people also have different coloured teeth. Some teeth are more yellow than others, while others may yellow with aging.

Surface stains and internal discolouration can be caused by:

  • The natural aging process
  • Using tobacco, drinking coffee, tea or red wine
  • Accumulation of plaque and tartar deposits
  • Treatment with the antibiotic tetracycline during childhood
  • Trauma to the teeth that may cause a brown, grey or black colour.

There are many reasons for whitening your teeth, including:

  • The boost to your confidence and self-esteem that comes from a great smile
  • A younger appearance
  • A special event such as a wedding, job interview or class reunion
  • To make a positive first impression on others
  • To simply reverse years of everyday staining and yellowing.

Before beginning any whitening procedure, be sure to consult with your dentist. Only he or she can evaluate whether you are a suitable candidate for a particular treatment.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Brightening your smile is as easy as visiting your dental practitioner for a whitening treatment or purchasing one of the many at-home treatment options available. You do not necessarily have to change your habits to whiten your teeth. Simply replacing your regular toothpaste with whitening toothpaste is a great way to start whitening your smile gradually. Using a whitening mouthwash, whitening pens, strips or trays are all ways to supplement your normal oral hygiene habits.

Certain foods and beverages can cause teeth to become discoloured. These include coffee, tea, wine and sports drinks. Smoking also causes teeth to become discoloured.


While our teeth are not, by nature, perfectly white, most people feel that they could improve their smile with brighter, whiter teeth. Over time, teeth acquire surface stains as a result of eating and drinking certain foods and beverages. They also naturally discolour with age, as a result of acquiring pigmentation inside the teeth. There are various ways to safely remove the surface stains and the internal discolouration, leaving a whiter, more radiant smile.

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