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Aug
31

Why Teeth Whitening is a Smart Investment For Your Smile

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If you’ve thought about teeth whitening, you may consider it to be something that’s just for yourself, or doesn’t really play into the well being of your overall smile. You might think of it as an extra “plus” that you can do on the side, when you’re troubled with stained or discolored teeth.

Whitening your teeth is actually something that can dramatically improve your lifestyle, self-esteem, and social life!

Studies show that people with whiter smiles are more confident, outgoing, and give an impression as being more friendly. That’s because they’re happy about the way their teeth look, and don’t have to worry about hiding them when they’re in social settings. They smile in pictures, around other people, and don’t feel self conscious about the way people are looking at them when they talk. Instead, they’re ready to show their teeth off and smile more frequently.

Similar research has shown that people who have whiter, more beautiful teeth are more likely to be considered for job openings and promotions. Choosing to invest in teeth whitening could possibly help you get that new job, raise, or promotion that you’ve been wanting. Study participants that were offered the same job were offered a higher salary when they had better smiles.

It turns out that your smile really does make that first impression count. Teeth whitening is a fairly affordable procedure that can dramatically changes the way your entire mouth looks. From same-day whitening to custom whitening trays, your dentist has an effective, affordable option that can remove years of staining and discoloration, giving you a fresher, younger looking smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joni Price DMD, ToothMasters

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Apr
7

Is One Whitening Treatment Better than Another?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

What type of teeth whitening treatment works best, and why? Although the question is short, the answer is not. To understand why some types of teeth whitening work more effectively than others, you’ll need a background on what makes them different from one another.

Over the counter teeth whitening products such as strips are effective for people that have mild stain and don’t need tremendous whitening results. Unfortunately, the strength of gel that is available over the counter pales in comparison to what is prescription strength gel that you can get through a private dentist. The kits are also designed as a “one size fits all” which increases the risk to have uneven whitening results and even irritation or burns to the gum tissue.

Professional teeth whitening treatments use a higher concentrated gel, so the ability to lift deep stains has much more potential. If the method involves a custom whitening tray, the gel is held closely against all curvatures of the teeth, creating even whitening results. Or, if the method uses in-office whitening treatments, the gel is applied directly to the teeth and results are accelerated with the use of an ultraviolet light.

If you’re looking for more significant results that will last a longer period of time, then professional whitening methods are a good investment. They require light touch up treatments at home for a few days 2 or 3 times throughout the year, rather than whitening all over again with a store bought kit. Products such as whitening toothpastes and rinses are not very effective, but rather help remove very heavy stain or prevent more stain from recurring.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joni Price DMD, ToothMasters

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