As the years pass, looking young is a treasure that many yearn for. While aging can’t be avoided, some people tend to look older than their age. There are several things that one can do to make them appear younger.
Teeth whitening can do wonders. Although some people view their teeth as less significant, especially when it comes to appearance, a bright smile goes a long way in making one look younger.
According to a study sponsored by Oral B (the toothbrush company), having white teeth has the potential of making one look 5 years younger while at the same time making a person 20% more attractive.
By improving your appearance through teeth whitening, you increase your chances of striking business deals, landing that new job, or generally being accepted in social places. When you wear a radiant smile, people tend to believe that you earn more money and that you are more responsible.
On the flipside, having brown teeth is sometimes synonymous with bad breathe, although they aren’t directly interconnected. When out on a date, for example, having a yellow smile is almost an automatic turn-off. That’s why it’s said that men fear yellow teeth more than even going bald.
If you have white teeth, people tend to have a positive opinion about you, ending up boosting your self esteem. That makes it possible for you to perform better in business, at your work place, and in social gatherings.
Due to lack of information, some people worry that they’ll have to undergo surgery or use strong chemicals in order to whiten their teeth. The fact is that you can brighten your smile without necessarily using substances that may risk your health.
What You Need To Do
Millions of people get worried when their teeth become brown or yellowish as a result of beverages, drugs, or aging even though they clean their teeth daily. A daily cleaning regimen is very important, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee whiter teeth; all it will do is make your teeth clean. Other things that people do to maintain good oral health include flossing and using mouth wash.
Here are the options you have for teeth whitening.
- Home whitening kits. You can get these over-the-counter and use them from the comfort of your home. An example would be Crest Whitestrips. You can also have your dentist recommend a kit for you. These type strips will only whiten your front 6 or eight teeth and not your back teeth. It usually takes at least 3-4 boxes of strips to equal a professional whitening treatment by your dentist.
- Take home whitening treatment provided by your dentist. Some systems consist of stock one-size-fits-all trays with the whitening agent in the trays. A better way involves dental impressions of your mouth used to fabricate custom trays. The whitening gel is placed in the custom trays and then either worn for 30-60 minutes each day or while sleeping, depending on the type of gel used. This usually takes about 2 weeks to obtain the desired shade.
- In-office whitening treatments by the dentist. These usually take about 1-2 hours. The dentist uses a more concentrated whitening gel. One or two treatments may be all you need to get your teeth their whitest!
Regardless of the type of whitening you choose it is very important to first have your dentist examine your teeth to make sure you are a good candidate for whitening and to discuss the advantages of each type of whitening.