Let’s face it: The first thing someone notices about you is your smile. That is, if you aren’t afraid to show it. A recent survey showed that 80% of Americans age 18-49 want whiter teeth. What’s even more interesting is that 85% of those surveyed were women. Another survey showed 40 percent of women say that an imperfect smile makes someone less appealing. Plus, other recent studies show that bad teeth can even prevent otherwise qualified candidates from getting jobs or promotions. It almost sounds crazy to say, but having discolored teeth could be holding people back from getting dates or even getting their dream jobs. It’s no wonder so many of us are worried about our smiles.
Causes of Teeth Discoloration
First let’s take a look at why your teeth may not be as bright as you’d like. Things such as aging, heredity and medication can darken your teeth and there’s not much you can do. Other causes of discoloration can be controlled such as smoking, drinking red wine or dark tea. Sure, you could always chase that glass of Cabernet with a glass of Chardonnay, but is that really the best way to brighten your teeth? No, no it’s not.
Ways to Whiten
There are many readily available ways to whiten your teeth. Commercially available white strips are a popular option. Some people prefer daily use of a whitening toothpaste. These choices may work better for some than others and after discontinuing their use, the dark stains usually return. But do you think celebrities only rely on a good whitening toothpaste? Ummm, probably not. Especially if they’re getting ready for a high-profile public appearance.
Is Whitening Safe?
Some do-it-yourself home whitening kits leave the responsibility up to the user. Obviously, this can lead to some issues. If the whitening trays are not custom fitted for your mouth, whitening gel can get on your gums, causing irritation and possibly damage. Also, too much whitening gel too fast can permanently damage teeth. That’s probably NOT the result you were looking for.
In-office teeth whitening is the process of changing shades of your teeth to a lighter color through the use of dental bleach. Advanced Dentistry of Blue Ash uses the Phillips Zoom whitening system brighten your teeth up to eight shades in under 90 minutes. We call it Zoom Whitening because the process is so quick compared to other methods. This is the quickest way to get that radiant smile you’ve always wanted. Some teeth sensitivity may occur, so you may want to begin brushing with an anti-sensitivity toothpaste before your treatment and continue after it as well. Studies have not shown any damage to teeth whitening by an intense treatment, but it is very important that you trust this procedure to a professional. Dr. Schlueter will gladly answer any questions you may have. Plus, right now, Philips is offering a $50 rebate off Zoom Whitening.
To get started on Zoom Whitening, call us at 513.813.2555 to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to see you.