When you look in the mirror for the first time after having your teeth whitened, you will be blown away by your new smile. As a result, you will find yourself often smiling for no reason or smiling at everyone you meet. Not only will this brighten the mood of others around you, but it will make you feel happier as well.
Contrary to what most people think, teeth whitening does not remove the tooth’s enamel. In some cases, it can even actually help to preserve the enamel. People with whiter teeth are more likely to use proper brushing techniques that are beneficial to their oral health. On the other hand, people with discolored teeth often have a detrimental habit of brushing too hard in an attempt to remove the stains. Unfortunately, the stains will remain, but the enamel will begin to wear down over time. If continued, the gums will also likely recede, making the teeth look enlarged.
Many people who undergo teeth whitening report having higher self-esteem after seeing the results. Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves, especially if all it takes is a teeth whitening treatment. People who have higher self-esteem are more likely to be seen as successful, capable, trustworthy, and friendly. In the workplace, they are also more likely to be promoted.
It is no secret that smoking is detrimental to your overall health. Not only that, but tar and nicotine are two common sources of tooth stains and discoloration. While this will not work for every individual, some people are able to use teeth whitening as a way to help them quit smoking. Teeth whitening is a step in the right direction and some may be less likely to pick up a cigarette if they know it will undo the results. Because of this, some people view teeth whitening as an incentive to quit smoking or simply as a way of committing to quitting.
A natural part of aging causes our teeth to become more yellow in color as our enamel wears down and shows the dentin layer. Although wrinkles get a lot of attention as being indicators of age, tooth color is another common indicator that people don’t immediately think of. Teeth that are whiter and brighter make your entire face appear brighter and younger. Having white teeth also makes you appear younger because white teeth are a sign of youth.
Overall, there are many different reasons why you should get your teeth whitened and very few excuses not to. The procedure is fast, easy, and painless. The cost is affordable. The results are amazing and can be transformative for your self-esteem and social life. In some cases, teeth whitening can even help improve your oral and overall health. The question now is, what are you waiting for?
Dr. Anthony Mancino is Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey’s General and Cosmetic Dentist and has been practicing for over 25 years focusing on cosmetic and overall dental health. Dr. Mancino is a graduate of Villanova University and University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, Monmouth & Ocean County Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry.