Do you look in the mirror and wish that your teeth were whiter and brighter than they actually are? If the answer is yes, you most certainly aren’t alone. Research shows that as many as 80% of Americans aged between 18 and 49 would like whiter teeth, with the majority believing that this new and improved smile would give them more confidence and as a result, improve their life. Teeth whitening is the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry in the world, including in the United States where estimates suggest that around 45 million Americans, which is around 14% of the current population, have already undergone professional teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening involves placing a bleaching agent on to the tooth which reacts with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bond that holds them together and causing the discoloration to disperse and leaving you with whiter teeth. Although there are many products that claim to have whitening capabilities, studies have shown that professional in-office whitening delivers the most successful, consistent and long-lasting results.
Why is teeth whitening so popular? What benefits does it really afford those patients who undergo it? Here are some of the most common reasons why millions of Americans each year choose to whiten their teeth.
A great first impression
One of the first things that people notice when they meet someone new is their smile. However, if you have unsightly teeth, or even if you don’t but you just dislike your smile, it may be difficult to share this genuine gesture with those around you. This doesn’t always make the great first impression, and can make you appear standoffish, aloof or even rude. However, if you are confident about your smile, you will be happy to flash a friendly, welcoming grin and get your new-found relationship off to a great start.
Those people who believe that teeth whitening will boost their confidence aren’t wrong. When you look good, you feel good and this is something that will increase your self-esteem and make you feel 10 feet tall. People who are more confident are happier to meet new people and embrace new opportunities, and this could enhance your career as well as your personal life.
A healthier-looking smile
Good health is one of the traits that is most commonly associated with bright, white teeth. Even if you don’t necessarily feel healthier than before, your smile will help you to appear fit and well, and this can make you appear both more attractive and more successful.
Our teeth naturally darken with age. This is because our tooth color is largely determined by two things – the dentin, which is the soft, middle layer of the tooth which darkens with age, and discoloration caused by our foods and habits. However, by whitening and lightening the teeth, you can actually turn back the clock and make your smile appear much younger than before.
If you are ready to embrace a whiter, brighter smile that radiates health, happiness, confidence and success, our dedicated cosmetic dentistry team would be delighted to talk you through the teeth whitening process. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your candidacy for the procedure, and find out how we can help you to transform your smile.