Having white teeth is viewed as a sign of good grooming and good health. No longer just for celebrities, average everyday Americans are opting to invest in whiter teeth. White teeth are considered sexy. For many, the deciding factor when it comes to dating can be the whiteness of a person’s teeth or can be the impetus for that promotion you’ve been wanting. Whatever your individual reason may be for desiring whiter teeth, it remains true that feeling good about yourself boosters confidence to achieve your goals.
There are enough products on the market today to virtually guarantee you that bright, winning, smile you’ve always wanted. But, how white is white enough; or, how white should your teeth be? Your first step should be a consultation with your local dental professional. Depending on the cause or extent of discoloration, if more dramatic improvement is necessary, porcelain veneers or dental bonding are additional alternatives for a whiter color adjustment.
Which treatment is best for you and the right amount of teeth whitening for you is based on your specific individual needs. Teeth that are too white can be distracting, as well as artificial in appearance. Ideally, the color of your teeth should blend with your skin tone and the white of your eyes. Overwhitening can cause teeth to appear all of one opaque tone; whereas, natural teeth are a nuanced combination of colors. Those who bleach too often can risk bleaching out all the color of their teeth. At the very least, have your local dentist check your teeth for cavities or gum disease before you embark on a whitening program as there could be some pain experienced as well as an increased sensitivity to extreme temperatures of either heat or cold.
Posted on behalf of Jason R. Lee DMD, Greencastle Dental
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