How is teeth whitening beneficial?
May 28, 2019
One of the first things that we notice about someone is the appearance of their smile. This simple gesture can convey many things – happiness, friendliness, honesty and more so perhaps it is little surprise that it is considered a very important feature. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t naturally blessed with particularly white smiles. As such, we look to treatments that can help lighten the color of our teeth.
Teeth whitening is the most common elective dental treatment in the world, and studies have shown that around 14% of the U.S adult population have already had at least one professional teeth whitening appointment. This is because a white, bright smile is considered to be an extremely desirable attribute, with 6 in 10 people believe that whiter teeth would boost their self-confidence and enable them to embrace more opportunities in life.
How is teeth whitening performed?
There are lots of different products that claim to be able to whiten and brighten your teeth. These range from toothpastes and mouthwashes to gels that are applied at home that you then shine a light onto. However, the effectiveness and results of such treatments are often lackluster at best. Many products, such as toothpaste, need continued use for many months to see any improvement and to maintain the results.
It is widely accepted that professional, in-office whitening delivers the most effective, consistent and long-lasting results. This type of tooth whitening, carried out by your dentist in the comfort of their offices, involves a high-grade bleaching agent, which is much stronger than anything available over the counter, being passed onto the teeth. Since your dentist has better access and visibility of your teeth, they can paste this bleaching agent on much more consistently, which will ultimately lead to better results. They can also ensure that the bleach doesn’t get on to the gum tissue – something which can lead to soreness and sensitivity. A special light is then used to activate the bleaching agent, lightening your teeth. The process is non-invasive and there is no downtime, enabling you to get back to your daily routine immediately afterward. Exactly how many sessions you will need will vary, but most patients find between two and six delivers optimal results.
What are the benefits of teeth whitening?
As you might have guessed from the popularity of the procedure, there are numerous benefits associated with teeth whitening. These include the following:
Whiter teeth make you more attractive
It may seem fickle, but studies have shown that people with whiter teeth are considered to be more attractive than those with discoloration or staining. In fact, the appearance of teeth is so important that as many as 80% of people would turn down a date with someone based purely upon their smile.
Whiter teeth can give you greater confidence
When you feel that you look good, it makes you feel good and this gives you the confidence to meet new people and take on new opportunities. Perhaps you will decide to take up the offer of dinner with a prospective new partner, put yourself forward for a new position at work or try a new hobby/activity. The options are endless!
Whiter teeth can help you to look younger
Who doesn’t want to take a few years off their real age? White, bright teeth give you the appearance of someone fairly young. They also shift the focus of people around you to your smile, rather than any other signs of aging such as wrinkles or sagging.
Teeth whitening doesn’t damage your teeth
Many people worry that bleaching their teeth will cause irreparable damage to them. However, modern whitening products are very safe and shouldn’t cause you to experience tooth sensitivity or any problems with your teeth. It is a purely cosmetic procedure that will have no effect on your oral health.
Your whiter smile is easy to maintain
Once you have had your teeth whitened, you can maintain its new appearance by being careful about what you eat, cleaning your teeth really well and following up on your treatment with occasional take-home trays. These can be provided by most professional teeth-whitening dentists and enable you to freshen up your smile from time to time without the need to return for further in-office whitening.
If you would like more information about teeth whitening and the benefits of this cosmetic dentistry procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly, experienced team.