When we meet someone, the first things usually we notice is their smile. Your smiles says a lot about you. But if you are hiding your smile because of yellowing and unsightly spots and stains on your teeth, then you may be missing out on opportunities to connect with those around you.
TEETH WHITENING INSPIRES CONFIDENCE
Teeth can easily be discolored by certain foods and drinks, and especially from smoking. When someone notices a white smile, it gives the impression that that that person takes good care of themselves. That they take the time to think about the details.
A white smile doesn’t just indicate healthy teeth and gums; your dental health also plays a significant role in how confident you feel. Think about it — if you’re self conscious about your smile you’re not going to feel very good about interacting with others. By whitening teeth, the good impression will be given and a boost will be added to confidence and self-esteem. Whitening can also improve the condition of the teeth and prevent gum disease, enamel erosion, and pain or sensitivity. It doesn’t take a lot to invest into good hygiene, especially with the added benefits of confidence and a positive lifestyle.
We were all taught not to judge people based on appearances, but between you and me, that’s not the way the world works. People make all sorts of snap judgments within the first few seconds of meeting someone new. Having a white smile thanks to teeth whitening can change the way a person sees someone and corresponds with them. When you smile, people are more likely to assume you have positive qualities — they perceive you as more sociable, trustworthy and intelligent, compared to when you aren’t smiling. So whether you’re at a party, in a job interview or simply walking down the street, the fact that you’re smiling will work to your advantage.
As if that wasn’t enough reason, whiter teeth can take years off of a person’s appearance. Teeth yellow naturally with age, so a whiter smile subconsciously indicates a younger person.
PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING
There are really only two options for optimal, long-lasting tooth whitening – and both are achieved by seeing a dental professional. TM Prosthodontics, the cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Tal Morr, recommends dentist supervised bleaching treatments for the best results. This teeth whitening treatment is performed by first making a mold or impression of the teeth using a special “mouth-guard’ to help hold the bleach against the teeth.
These treatments are used at night anywhere from thirty minutes to the whole night for around one to two weeks. Patients get to determine the strength of the material (how much bleach to be used) depending on how quickly they want to see results.
DAILY ORAL CARE FOR TEETH WHITENING
Studies have confirmed that we tend to spend only 24 to 60 seconds on our oral hygiene and a mere 10 to 20 percent of us floss regularly and effectively. If your morning and evening routines simply cannot accommodate spending more time on your teeth, consider a sonic tooth brush with soft bristles. It will save you time and prevent you trying to remove stains from the teeth by scrubbing too hard, which can remove enamel and cause even more discoloration.
Over-the-counter kits are a good idea and do work to a degree, but they lack the prescription strength and long-lasting effects gained from professional teeth-whitening procedures. They are, however, a good option for touch ups between appointments. Just make sure you speak with your Miami dentist to ensure you are not damaging your enamel by over-whitening at home.
Teeth stains not only impact one’s smile and overall appearance, but also can impact one’s self-confidence especially when interacting with others. Both business and personal life can be affected from this lack of confidence. Wanting to have that perfect smile is not just a superficial goal because it has an impact on the way people feel about themselves.