Perfectly white and straight teeth are like the gold standard when it comes to dentistry. It’s something we all want to achieve every time we get our teeth cleaned. Maintaining white teeth, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. There are so many daily habits and indulgences we all engage in that can cause tooth discolouration over time. Luckily, teeth whitening can help offset and even reverse some of the damage we do to our teeth by drinking coffee, tea or red wine and from eating foods that can damage enamel.
Aside from simply giving you the pearly whites you’ve always wanted there are other important and worthwhile reasons to opt for regular teeth whitening appointments at your dentist’s office.
Teeth Whitening Boosts Your Self-Esteem
Teeth whitening is about so much more than just practicing excellent dental care. It’s also a great self-esteem booster. Whitening your teeth can give you the confidence to unabashedly show off your beautiful smile whenever you feel like it.
Some people with yellow or brown-stained teeth often feel ashamed or embarrassed to the extent that they go to great lengths to hide their smiles because they don’t want others to see their teeth. Forcing yourself not to smile can often lead to a number of conditions including premature ageing (frown lines and wrinkles) and it can even be a sign of depression or anxiety. Smiling, however, is an expression of happiness. As the song says, “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you”.
Teeth Whitening Enhances Your Appearance
For a lot of people appearance is greatly tied into their self-esteem and confidence, so it’s important to maintain excellent oral care. In addition to making you feel better about yourself, professional teeth whitening also has the power to improve your appearance and make you fall in love with your smile all over again.
Teeth whitening is also one of the easiest dental health practices to maintain. All you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day—once in the morning when you wake up and once in the evening before going to bed—and visit the dentist on a regular basis. The frequency with which you visit the dentist depends on your specific needs. Some patients may be advised to visit the dentist for a cleaning or teeth whitening every four months, while others might only be required to make an appointment every six months.
Teeth Whitening Takes Years off the Look of Your Smile
As mentioned, being ashamed to smile can prematurely age you by causing frown lines throughout your face. Although smiling frequently can also cause wrinkles like crow’s feet and marionette lines, the signs of aging are more prevalent when you frown.
Whitening your teeth doesn’t just give you more of a reason to love your smile, it can also effectively take years off of the look of your smile and teeth. Over time, neglected stains can become deeply embedded in your teeth and start to become more permanent. But going for regular teeth whitening sessions at your dentist’s office can start to erase years of staining. It won’t happen overnight, though. Depending on how prevalent the stains are, it may take a few teeth whitening sessions to restore the look of your pearly whites.
Teeth Whitening Is Safe for Your Teeth
Having your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist is a perfectly safe procedure and won’t damage your teeth. But many people believe the misconception that the techniques and substances used to whiten your teeth damage the enamel, which can lead to hot or cold tooth sensitivity. During and immediately after the teeth whitening procedure, your teeth may be sensitive, but this diminishes over a few days. Also, your dentist can apply substances to protect your teeth and prevent much of the sensitivity.
Teeth Whitening Protects Against Tooth Decay
Tooth decay can be caused by any number of factors including poor oral or dental care, certain medications, acidic foods or beverages and bad habits like smoking. Unfortunately, your average at-home oral care routine that should consist of brushing, flossing and using mouth wash, isn’t enough to offset the discolouration and other damage caused by tooth decay.
One of the main benefits of having your teeth whitened on a regular basis is that each appointment also affords your dentist the opportunity to check up on your oral health and perform a cleaning. As a result, regular teeth whitening and cleaning sessions can effectively help prevent tooth decay and other potential oral health problems from forming or progressing further.
The sooner your dentist identifies and diagnoses a potential oral health problem, the sooner they can recommend the right treatment option for it.
Are you overdue for a teeth whitening procedure?
Princeview Dental Group provides teeth cleaning, whitening and other oral health care services to people all across Toronto and the GTA. Located in Etobicoke’s well-known Kingsway neighbourhood, we’ve been providing friendly dental services for well over 20 years. Contact us today to book a teeth whitening appointment for yourself or a family member!