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The many ways a dentist can brighten up a dull, discoloured smile

Updated: Sep 25, 2018

A dentist has many options available to brighten up your smile. Moonlight Dental Surgery in Slough offers a wide selection of cosmetic dental techniques, many of which can address the nation’s biggest smile complaint – discoloured teeth.

Recent studies have shown that 48% of UK adults are unhappy with the current appearance of their smile, and the colour of their teeth is the single biggest complaint (at 64%). Our Slough dental practice can help whatever has caused your tooth discolouration. Your journey to a lighter, brighter smile begins with a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.


The first thing that your Slough dentist will do is to establish what has caused your tooth discolouration. The biggest cause of tooth staining is visible dental plaque, which is not just bad news for the way that your smile looks, causing unpleasant brown or yellowish staining, but is also a serious risk to your oral and general health. Plaque causes both gum disease and tooth decay, which are the leading causes of tooth loss.


Visible plaque can be treated with a dental hygiene appointment. Your dentist or hygienist will use a scale and polish procedure to remove all traces of plaque, and will also help you to improve your home hygiene routine going forward.


Even well cared-for teeth can become stained by a number of lifestyle factors, such as drinking a lot of red wine or coffee. In this case, teeth whitening is an effective treatment option. You must always visit a dentist for teeth whitening treatment, to ensure it is both safe and effective.

At Moonlight Dental Surgery in Slough we use the popular Enlighten teeth whitening system, which involves carrying out treatment at home then coming in for a final session with a cosmetic dentist at our Slough clinic. We also offer exclusively home whitening treatment.

When teeth are permanently discoloured, perhaps after dental trauma, your Slough dentist can use porcelain veneers to improve the situation. These are thin shells of porcelain individually crafted to fit over your teeth, improving their appearance in just a couple of appointments.

A full set of veneers can be used for a smile makeover.