Some people consider getting your teeth bleached or otherwise artificially whitening can be like ‘cheating’ your dentist. However, it can actually help to promote better dental hygiene.
Good dental hygiene is essential if you want to keep your teeth for as long as possible, but it can be easy to let your hygiene routine fall by the wayside if you are not careful. Professionals recommend brushing for at least two minutes twice a day, as well as flossing once a day. Mouthwash has been designed to help get rid of plaque and build up a protective layer over the surface of the teeth, but it is not as essential as brushing and flossing daily.
We all loathe making that dentists appointment, and not just because of the awkward metal tools and the embarrassing way in which we have to sit with our mouths open in front of a relative stranger for ten minutes. Sometimes we don’t want to make that appointment so that we don’t have to face reality and admit that we might have been a bit lax with the toothpaste and mouthwash recently.
So wouldn’t it make sense to try out a teeth-whitening procedure to get a glimpse into what ‘good teeth’ might look like for you? We take a look at the effects of teeth whitening, and how it might actually inspire people to start leading a healthier lifestyle; at least when it comes to their teeth.
Oh What a Difference it Makes
The teeth whitening procedure is not a five-minute solution to yellowing teeth. The procedure spans over the course of several months, but it is guaranteed to lighten your teeth by several shades by the end. Once you have finished the treatment you can immediately see the difference. You’ll probably see an improvement in your smile, and the treatment can also give your face more of a ‘healthy glow’, strange as it might sound. As you see for yourself what good teeth really look like, it, in turn, creates a more positive self-image, making you feel better about yourself and how you look.
When You’ve Got it, Flaunt it
When you feel good and confident about yourself, you naturally smile more. You smile more; you come across as a happier and more approachable person. People are more likely to warm to you or feel comfortable in your presence. You might notice that your friends are more open to your suggestions, or that your colleagues seem to be more amicable towards you as of late. It is all related to how confident you feel about yourself and how teeth whitening can help you find that confidence.
Keeping your Stunning Smile
Once you’ve got that killer smile and have experienced the effects of that smile, you’re likely going to want to keep it. Seeing the difference it makes in your day to day life, including casual social interactions you have with other people, will work as inspiration to step up the dental hygiene routine. You find time to brush for the whole two minutes, you get the flossing down to a T and you work harder in general to improve your dental hygiene.
If you’re worried about the surgical costs, or even the procedure itself, step back a little. There are dentist recommended teeth whitening kits that allow you to perform the process in the comfort of your own home. These kits are ‘DIY’ but they do promise a brighter and whiter smile over time and offer a more affordable alternative to laser whitening.
If you’ve been looking into cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening products for a while and you think you might try it out, go for it! Cosmetic teeth whitening will help give you the confidence that your smile needs and can kick start your own journey into improving your dental health overall. After all, if we feel we look good, we often feel good. We feel confident, and we feel more comfortable with ourselves. Teeth whitening might be just the first step on the road to the new you!
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer and former dentist-dodger. For the information in this post, Somerset based specialists Black Swan Dental Spa were consulted.