Helena Bonham Carter unveiled her new look this week – sadly she hasn’t gone the whole hog, as she displayed some rather yellow-looking teeth.
While she may be a star of the silver screen, the 44-year-old certainly appeared to have lost some of her Hollywood shine in the dental department.
And clearly she doesn’t take as much care of her teeth as U.S. rapper Kanye West, who yesterday unveiled his new set of diamond teeth.
Let’s hope if the talented actress is in line for Oscar success next year that she sorts out some teeth whitening before the big night, otherwise the trophy won’t be the only yellow on show.
Teeth can become stained on the surface through food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.
Calculus or tartar can also affect the colour of teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
There is now laser whitening or ‘power whitening’. During this procedure a rubber dam is put over your teeth to protect the gums, and a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth. Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the chemical reaction of the whitening product and the colour change can be achieved more quickly using this procedure. Laser whitening is said to make teeth up to five or six shades lighter.
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others report discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain teeth. Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouring and staining.
The British Dental Health Foundation recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:
- brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.