Almost 75% of adults believe that an unattractive smile will hamper their professional success. Teeth whitening is one of the most common quest that people take in order to enhance their appearance, but for some extreme whitening is becoming an obsession that is damaging to the teeth.
With over the counter whitening agents readily available to the general public, extreme teeth whitening is becoming more and more of an issue that dentists are seeing in their offices. People desire to have the extremely white smile that they see plastered all over the TV and magazines. However, what they forget to take into consideration is how these images are altered dramatically before they are seen. The “Hollywood white” is simply not achievable. Many actors and actresses wear veneers or smiles that snap into place before they shoot TV programs. Pictures in magazines are altered and enhanced through editing to blast an unachievable whiteness in their teeth.
However, many people are damaging their teeth in order to achieve a whiteness that is simply not possible. Dentist supervised whitening procedures are the safest and most effective whitening methods. Not only are dentists able to provide a faster whitening process (often in just an hour or two), but the health of the mouth is carefully monitored. Many over the counter teeth whitening agents are over used and are causing significant damage to the gums and tooth enamel. When the enamel is damaged, it can not be repaired – it doesn’t simply grow back and heal itself. Therefore, extreme whitening is a major problem.
If you have been trying to whiten your smile by using extreme measures, please stop. Call your dentist to schedule an appointment for a consultation for how you can achieve the bright white smile you desire in a safe method. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and only your dentist can ensure that the whitening method s/he uses is safe and effective.
Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental
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