Your smile is one of your most valuable assets. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 96 percent of adults believe that a healthy smile makes a person more appealing. When the same respondents were asked what they would like to improve about their smiles, the most prevalent response was “whiter and brighter teeth.”
A bright smile is often perceived to be a healthy smile. Many people seek to achieve this brighter appearance through teeth-whitening, which is an effective process that lessens the appearance of stains and discoloration of enamel and dentin.
Teeth Whitening: Benefits and Drawbacks
Many dentists consider teeth-whitening to be the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Under the proper supervision of competent dentists like ours, whitening is absolutely safe.
Indeed, whitening is a great option for just about anyone. Patients with reasonable expectations enjoy the results. Whitening does not affect synthetic materials, such as bonding or fillings, but in some cases, it can improve the junction of a filling and the tooth structure.
Almost anyone can enjoy the benefits of having whiter teeth, though this treatment can be more effective for some people, less effective for others. Whitening is not perfect, because it can sometimes whiten inconsistently, depending on the surface tissue of the teeth. It is not a pigment, so it will not mask dark colors beneath the enamel; it just brightens the surface of the enamel.
But if you’ve noticed that as you’ve aged, your teeth have become discolored or stained, you might consider professional teeth-whitening. It could give you a brighter smile and improve your self-confidence.