Teeth Whitening – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Most people wish their teeth were whiter, and end up spending millions of dollars every year for teeth whiteners and teeth whitening procedures. Celebrities in particular are quite partial to keeping their teeth white for their careers. There a few good reasons to keep your teeth white, such as a more beautiful smile, a boost in confidence and most importantly, improved oral hygiene.

However, nothing is perfect, even teeth whitening. Before you look into the costly procedures, be sure to take in all the points, both good and bad.

The Good

Obviously, the best reason to whiten your teeth is to improve your appearance. Most people look down on others who have stained teeth, so it’s often difficult to smile knowing that you could possibly be judged for the state of your teeth. People with white teeth typically have more confidence than those who do not and therefore smile more.

In addition, a whiter smile has a more subtle effect on your facial beauty by removing the focus from any wrinkles or other facial blemishes. People will notice your white teeth before they will ever see any imperfections on your face, and they may not notice them at all.

The Bad

As with any procedure, there are a few drawbacks and side effects. For instance, if you are sensitive to the bleaching chemicals used, you may have sore gums and tender teeth for a few days after the procedure. If this is the case, your dentist can help alleviate the discomfort post-whitening.

Some patients also find that their custom mouth-trays for the bleaching are uncomfortable, which is caused by the tray not aligning properly with your mouth. Notify your dentist immediately if your tray is uncomfortable so the problem can be fixed and not potentially damage your teeth.

And while 78 percent of all patients have a successful teeth whitening treatment, that means 22 percent do not, and you could fall into this category. As a result, you may need to look into more expensive cosmetic procedures such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers.

As you can see, the good far outweighs the bad, and the chances of the bad happening to you are rather slim. Be sure to talk to your dentist about his or her recommendations if you are thinking of whitening your teeth. We offer several different cosmetic procedures for teeth whitening, and we’d be thrilled to help you pick the best procedure (or even home treatment!) for you.

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