You should never underestimate the value of a beautiful smile. After all, your smile is the first thing people usually notice upon meeting you. And, in today’s digital world with Facebook, LinkedIn, Match.com and all the other social media and dating websites, others are likely to see your smile before they have even met you in person. No pressure, right? Right, unless you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to tooth discoloration or other problems, it can negatively affect your confidence as well as every social interaction you have with others.
The good news is that with today’s dental technology, tooth discoloration is usually an easy and even affordable problem to fix. Most dental practices now offer teeth whitening kits that can be used at home on a continual basis as well as faster, in-office procedures that can greatly whiten your teeth in just one office visit lasting for about an hour. Both of these methods are usually very effective at treating tooth discoloration that is caused by the normal aging process and/or foods and beverages such as red wine, berries, coffee and tea. Your budget, goals and lifestyle can help determine which teeth whitening method is right for you.
If your tooth discoloration is more severe and is caused by trauma, medications taken as a child or smoking, in-office or at-home teeth whitening solutions may not be adequate to give you the smile you desire. But don’t lose hope; you can still achieve a whiter, more beautiful smile. In this case, you may need to consider other options such as crowns or porcelain veneers.
If tooth discoloration is negatively affecting your confidence and your quality of life, talk to your dentist today about your options for obtaining whiter teeth and a healthier, more beautiful smile. Say cheese!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria