You talk to someone, they smile, you notice their gleaming white teeth, you automatically feel self-conscious. Has this experience ever happened to you? Have you ever felt less than worthy because of the appearance of your teeth? Have you ever said, “I wish I had whiter teeth”? There is a reason teeth whitening is such a popular dental procedure: There are plenty of people who feel the same way you do, and they choose to do something about it. You can too.
Why Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Always Work
Maybe you’ve achieved some success using in-store or over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments. However, the effects are usually not long-lasting. What might seem like a great deal and a miracle solution at the same time usually means it’s too good to be true. The makers of white strips and whitening toothpastes aren’t trying to cheat you, they just don’t have the necessary ingredients in their products to make a big dent in the color of your tooth enamel.
Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are the two ingredients that are necessary to effectively break through the stain molecules that are discoloring your teeth. Professionally applied whitening products have these ingredients.
For the people who see zero effect from store-bought whitening kits, there is likely a different factor in play: the cause of your tooth stains. Stains that are intrinsic, meaning they’re deep within your teeth, won’t be touched by even the strongest teeth-whitening treatment. Surface stains, yes. Embedded stains, no. Some teeth are simply yellower because of age or DNA, and the only solution for whiter teeth in this case is to choose a cosmetic dentistry solution like porcelain veneers or Lumineers. You can conceal the discoloration while perfecting your teeth at the same time.
What You’ll Love About Teeth Whitening
You may not believe that the whiteness of your teeth could possibly make a difference in your life, but knowing that you have attractive white teeth will automatically boost your self-confidence. You’ll feel more comfortable about speaking up or smiling at someone, and this can alter your life professionally and personally.
You might not like it, but the truth is that some careers are made or broken on a smile. If you are in front of people for a living – acting, selling, teaching, preaching – your smile is part of your package. If you aren’t an attractive package, you won’t be able to make eye contact with others to persuade them of your message. They won’t want to see your teeth, or you won’t want them to see your unsightly teeth so your message may come across less forcefully or enthusiastically.
If you’re reluctant to smile because of stained or discolored teeth, you can also turn people off with your straight face or lack of emotion. This can make you fail in a job interview, or have you seeing plenty of first dates and no second dates. The power of this cosmetic dentistry treatment cannot be overstated. Teeth whitening will make you feel like the best version of yourself.
And remember, teeth don’t have to be perfect to qualify for a teeth-whitening treatment. Even crooked, gapped, or otherwise imperfect teeth can be improved tenfold by professional teeth whitening. Want to learn more about teeth whitening and find out whether you are a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry treatment? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Mitul Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We serve North Atlanta communities, including Johns Creek, Suwanee, Duluth, Alpharetta, and beyond.