In today’s world bleaching or whitening teeth has become a forefront of society as a way to enhance the smile. There are several ways to obtain the smile one wishes to achieve, whether at home with self-applying kits or in a dental office with professionally applied treatments. Increasing self-esteem and ones chances of success in this day and time through the simple whitening of teeth is easy and affordable to achieve. At home kits work but usually take longer to get the results one wishes to achieve. In office treatments can usually be done on a long lunch break and will have an immediate effect.
Dr. Van B. Haywood is the inventor of the modern day whitening system. It is suggested that a full exam with x-rays be done to determine if one is a candidate for whitening. One needs to know if teeth are healthy enough for whitening. Areas of existing decay or abscessed teeth that need root canals must be addressed first. Existing fillings and crowns do not bleach, and therefore it needs to be determined if one is going to replace existing work after treatment in order to have a blended, perfect smile.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry lists reasons for whitening in their guide lines. The first impression one gets when they meet you is from your smile. A brighter smile will help not only in how others perceive you, but also in your own self-esteem. Looking younger and feeling better about your appearance is going to increase opportunities socially as well as in the workforce.
According to Dr. Haywood when teeth match the whites of your eyes it is a good indicator that teeth look better. Teeth yellow with age because the enamel is thinner and so the dentin shows through making the teeth appear darker. In this instance teeth are more responsive to the treatments completed in a dental office. Patients who have had their teeth professionally whitened tend to have better oral health. This is perhaps because they are more conscious of their teeth and how they look.
The need for a whiter, brighter smile is evident in today’s society. A confident smile is a whiter smile.