50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey for Dentists…

The book, 50 Shades of Grey, has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, making it the globe’s best selling erotic romance. Due for timely cinema release on Valentines Day the film is causing a frenzy among fantasy-lovers and called a work of genius due in part to Beyonce’s rework of Crazy In Love.

50 Shades of Grey Film Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfZWFDs0LxA

Whether BDSM curious, fantasy-lover, romance novel enthusiast, or not, you don’t need to be crazy in love with 50 Shades of Grey to run into it everywhere you go this week. However getting the movie out of your head is a bit easier than the shades of grey that could form on your teeth! But we’re here to help.

What causes teeth to grey?

Extrinsic discoloration – Stains that appear on the outer layer (enamel) of the tooth. Extrinsic stains can simply be caused by your lifestyle when your teeth are regularly exposed to coffee, red wine, cola and other drinks or foods. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains.

Intrinsic discoloration – Stains that appear when the inner structure of the tooth darkens or gets a yellow tint. You can get this type of discoloration if:

You had trauma that affected a tooth when you were a young child. A knock, fall or even sporting injury for example, may damage the developing permanent tooth.

You had trauma in a permanent tooth, and internal bleeding discoloured the tooth.

You are taking a form of antibiotics that can change the colour of your teeth. **It is also possible for babies developing teeth to grey if the mother uses certain types of antibiotics when pregnant.

Age-related discoloration – This is a combination of both extrinsic and intrinsic discolorations. The enamel that covers teeth thins with age, which allows the dentin to show through coupled with food, drink and smoking over time.

Tooth fillings and crowns that are administered incorrectly or contain Amalgam or Nickel can eventually ‘die’ off and become grey. They can become grey over time and should be watched carefully if these signs occur. It is important to visit a dental professional if any pain or abnormal discolorations appear. A dental professional can most likely help in a situation like this, and products are available that can improve or completely restore the grey discoloration.

Having whiter teeth can take years off your appearance, restore your confidence and improve your smile line. 

There are many factors that can contribute to grey and ‘dead looking’ teeth, but fortunately there are products and treatments that can aid repair and help is at hand. 

Following a good oral care regime is also equally important in the prevention of grey teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly can prevent build-up of bacteria and food that gets lodged between teeth and gums, which in turn can cause infection.

Teeth Whitening Treatments

Firstly, it’s very important that you visit your dentist before taking any actual tooth whitening measures yourself. Your dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and offer a professional opinion on what sort of treatment might be best for you. There are lots of products, brands and treatments available on the market so understanding what each option involves is an important first step.

Whitening toothpaste – The general view is that whitening toothpastes are not very different from normal toothpastes apart from containing added chemicals, abrasives and polishing agents. Although it provides extra stain removal, whitening toothpastes are not designed to change the natural colour of your teeth. Regular brushing with a good technique is more important for keeping teeth stain-free than the type of toothpaste you use.

Teeth whitening trays and gels – Trays and gels are effective, but the results depend on the strength of peroxide in the gel. The trays are usually worn a couple of hours a day or overnight and can take anywhere from 3 days to a couple of weeks before you notice any results. There are two different types of whitening trays and gels: Those purchased over the counter and those purchased at the dentist. Although both will whiten your teeth, the two vary in results and you should seek professional advice before you use them.

Teeth whitening kits from the dentist produce faster and more effective results because they usually contain a stronger peroxide-bleaching agent compared to whitening kits purchased at your local pharmacy. Another benefit of dentist trays and gels is that the trays are custom made to fit your teeth exactly. Over the counter trays are generic in size which could allow the bleaching agent to come into contact with your gums, causing irritation. If the gel is in direct contact with your teeth as it will be with a personal whitening tray the results are much better.

Laser teeth whitening – Also known as laser bleaching and in-surgery whitening, laser teeth whitening is a more expensive but effective way to whiten teeth and is carried out at specialist dental clinics. Unlike regular bleaching, laser whitening produces results in one session, without the hassle of wearing moulds for days at a time. A gel is applied directly to the teeth before our whitening work is accelerated using a laser.

Cosmetic Dentistry – In certain cases teeth whitening will not restore the colour of your teeth from grey to white, professional advice should be sought before making the decision on the right treatment for you! Where teeth whitening products are not suitable, Cosmetic dental treatment such as Lumineers, Veneers or Crowns maybe the only option to restore the appearance of your smile line.

Restoring your grey teeth – Conclusion

If you’re still unsure, your own dentist can recommend the right treatment for you. You can also send us some dental photographs along with some information about your situation and we can provide further information on your treatment choices. Remember, yellow, discoloured teeth is a turn off for the opposite sex, so if your teeth are stained and you want to improve your appearance and your confidence it is time to take some action.

Oh and we almost forgot, enjoy the film too!

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