Apart from making your teeth whiter, what other benefits does teeth whitening provide?
A brighter and more beautiful smile? Yes please! Teeth whitening can remove stains and discolouration on the teeth, returning them to their most natural shade of white. This is a very popular treatment as many people are looking to cosmetically enhance their smiles. But did you know that there are several other benefits when it comes to whitening your teeth?
Teeth Whitening Benefits
Teeth whitening is a very simple process and a relatively fast way to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable and immediate ways you can improve the appearance of your teeth.
Many people report a stronger desire to maintain their oral hygiene habits after having whitened their teeth to maintain their bright smile. The benefits of a conscious effort to maintain healthy and white teeth via oral hygiene is self-explanatory; clean, brushed and flossed teeth are less likely to suffer from decay.
On the subject of decay and cleanliness, some studies suggest that the chemicals used in teeth whitening can actually kill the bacteria in your mouth which leads to healthier teeth and gums.
Psychologically speaking, many studies suggest that if you smile more, you create better first impressions. It is said that simply smiling can directly improve your mood.
Opting to get your teeth professionally whitened also yields long term results and can last up to a year! Which means that this one simple procedure can leave you smiling for a long time!
If you have had your teeth whitened, you may be wondering how you can maintain their brighter appearance between appointments. This is not an impossible feat and can be done fairly easily.
Oral Hygiene: You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day. The brush you use should be a soft bristled brush as these clean your teeth more effectively and are not damaging to your enamel in the way medium and hard bristled tooth brushes are. You should also be flossing your teeth at least once a day.
Watch What You Consume: Coffee…we know, it’s amazing, but you may want to limit your consumption if you would like to keep your teeth looking bright and white. Coffee has an infamous reputation for teeth staining, but it is not the only culprit! Foods that use a large amount of food colouring can also stain your teeth. Similarly, you can get teeth stains from habits such as smoking.
At Home Methods: There are various methods that can be used to whiten your teeth at home and can be used to maintain your teeth shade between appointments. Some of these methods include oil pulling (swishing coconut oil around your mouth for a few minutes and then spitting it out) rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth, and brushing with activated charcoal
If you are professionally whitening your teeth, you should speak to your dentist about utilising at home whitening kits and toothpastes. Some of these products can be abrasive and damage your teeth, so it is always best to consult with your dentist before using these products to maintain your white teeth.
We want you to smile like you mean it! At Main Street Dentistry, we can help you achieve the beautiful white smile you are looking for. Book a consultation today!