Science has found a link between teeth whitening and a person’s overall attractiveness and success. The results indicate that a beautiful smile makes a person more attractive, overall. British universities Leeds and Central Lancaster studied this concept by taking photos of models and Photoshopping them to make their teeth yellow and unevenly spaced. They then showed the photos to a group of men and women and found that people with white and evenly spaced teeth were found to be more attractive and thought to be healthier. A study conducted by Oral-B took this concept further. They polled 2,000 people and found out that when a person was considered to have a beautiful smile they were thought to be 20% more attractive than their peers. In essence, a beautiful white smile directly impacts how people view you. The reason this is relevant is that the University of California conducted a study to find out if being attractive influenced a person’s success at work. The answer is that yes; the more attractive a person is, the more successful they may be, statistically speaking. In fact, attractive people made 12% more money than their peers. There is a clear financial motivation for making sure that you have a beautiful smile.
The good news is that a beautiful smile is only an appointment away. As a dentist, we provide teeth whitening services for patients that want bright white teeth or want to look younger. Both can be accomplished with relative ease. During the first appointment, we take a mold of the patient’s mouth and use it to have custom teeth whitening trays created in a lab. They are plastic and will fit securely around a patient’s teeth so that they will not become loose when worn. This is extremely important because if they don’t fit correctly, the whitening solution can leak out which is uncomfortable.
With the trays complete, we provide patients with a whitening solution that can be used at home. The trays should be worn for a couple of hours every night for a week or so. During this time, teeth will progressively become whiter until they reach the patient’s desired shade of white. A benefit to this procedure is that the patient remains in control over how white their teeth become. If they look white enough, the procedure can be stopped. If not, the trays can be used longer. Once done, the trays can be used over and over again. This provides patients with the flexibility to whiten their teeth as often as they need to. Those that are looking for a faster solution can try our in-office teeth whitening procedure where teeth are whitened in under 90 minutes. Based on the research conducted by the University of California, professionals should do this on a regular basis.
As a dentist, we remind patients that a beautiful smile starts with a healthy one. No matter how white a person’s teeth are if they are infected they won’t remain beautiful. In fact, oral infections and gum disease can even lead to tooth loss. We recommend that patients have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year so that they can stay in good oral health and keep a gorgeous looking smile.