Americans want their teeth to be perfect. This probably isn’t a reasonable expectation, but you can improve your smile a lot by whitening your teeth.
Your teeth are one of the first things people notice when they meet you. In a recent survey, 73 percent of respondents said they want their partners to have a nice smile. That was nearly double the amount (40 percent) who wanted a partner who is in good shape.
Why are white teeth so important to us? A British university study may help us understand. In general, we view people with white teeth as being healthier and more attractive.
When your teeth are white, you feel more confident about your smile. When you project confidence, that shows in how you interact with other people.
You may be wondering how you can whiten your smile. If you live in or near Billings, just make an appointment at Legacy Smiles, and we can give you the white smile you want.
Things to avoid
People have tried a lot of things to whiten their smiles, and we aren’t talking about the over-the-counter products you can buy. (Although, we will get to those later.)
A quick online search found some interesting ways people have tried to whiten their teeth.
One person suggested rubbing activated charcoal on your teeth. That doesn’t sound appealing on any level.
Other people suggested gargling vinegar. Unfortunately, the acid in vinegar can wear down the enamel on your teeth, which may make it counterproductive if you are trying to whiten them.
Still other people suggested eating strawberries and raisins. If you like strawberries or raisins, this would be great if it worked. But we als noticed that strawberry and grape growers are not promoting this as a benefit of eating their products.
Please note that the American Dental Association is not endorsing any of those methods, either.
Things you may have tried
You can go to almost any grocery or retail store in the United States and find a toothpaste aisle filled with teeth whitening products.
Toothpastes claim they contain whitening ingredients. Mouthrinse packages boast they will whiten your teeth.
You can also buy products whose sole purpose is whitening, like those strips you put on your teeth or whitening gels that you put into trays.
These can help … a little.
Mouthrinses can take months to improve the whiteness of your teeth. Toothpastes can take several weeks to produce modest improvement.
The strips and gels are probably the most effective commercial options, but even they are only going to give you modest improvements after weeks of consistent use.
If you tried any of these, you may have found the change in your teeth was less noticeable than you had expected.
If you still want a whiter, brighter smile, it is possible. Your best bet to make that happen is professional teeth whitening at your dentist’s office.
At Legacy Smiles, we offer a couple options for patients who would like whiter teeth.
The fastest and most effective teeth whitening we offer is Opalescence Boost. In about one hour (60 minutes), you can walk out of our office with a smile that is remarkably whiter than when you arrived.
Think about that for a minute. With the best over-the-counter products, you will see a modest improvement after weeks of regular use. With Opalescence Boost, you will see a dramatic improvement in one visit to our office.
Opalescence Boost uses a chemically-activated gel with a much higher concentration of active ingredients than anything you can buy at the corner store.
Opalescence Boost also includes potassium nitrate and fluoride. These ingredients can strengthen the enamel of your teeth, and they reduce the teeth sensitivity you may feel after a treatment with other whitening products.
If you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of person, we also offer a product you can use at home. This is not as quick as our in-office treatment, but it will give you teeth that are several shades whiter if used correctly.
While these are as simple to use as some commercial products, our professional quality teeth whitening produces vastly better results in the same time or less.
Legacy Smiles in Billings wants your teeth to be healthy, but we also want our patients to feel confident about their smiles. Coming to our dentist office for regular cleanings and professional teeth whitening can help you have teeth that are healthy and look that way, too.