Thursday, 21 September 2017
Is your Instagram feed full of beautiful people with dazzling smiles? You’re not alone.
Do you look in the mirror or at your own smiley selfies and wish your teeth were a bit – or a lot – whiter? You’re definitely not alone.
How do we know? Because it’s the thing we get asked about most often. Not to mention that the number of Google searches related to teeth whitening is off the charts!
It doesn’t really matter what your motivation is, if having whiter teeth gives you greater self-confidence, that’s reason enough to do it.
It’s not just about looking great in photos, either. Numerous studies have concluded that people who smile are perceived as more likeable and approachable and even more trustworthy.
If you’re embarrassed that your teeth are a bit discoloured, you might have a tendency to smile less, but if you love the bright and clean whiteness of your teeth, you’ll most likely be smiling a lot.
You’ll feel great and so will the people you’re smiling at.
Your baby teeth start off white, although, much like hair and skin colour, there are some genetic differences in your natural base enamel colour.
Over time, our permanent teeth become discoloured due to either intrinsic or extrinsic factors.
Intrinsic factors include things like the side effects of some medications – for example the antibiotic tetracycline – fluorosis, trauma, or a history of root canal treatment.
Extrinsic factors are pretty common to all of us, including the accumulation of plaque and tartar deposits, use of tobacco, and the consumption of certain foods and drinks (the most obvious being coffee, tea, colas, and red wine).
Done in consultation with a dental professional, whitening teeth is a low-risk, predictable, extremely effective and reasonably fast procedure.
However, it doesn’t work for people with fillings or crowns and those with intrinsic stains.
There is a chance that having your teeth whitened will increase sensitivity in some teeth, but there’s generally an underlying reason for that, which we can then investigate.
The concern that some people have that the procedure might cause some damage to their tooth enamel is unfounded, as peroxide is basically made from water and urea, which are natural products and have been shown to be safe.
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