Will Teeth Whitening Work for Me?

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. It is the one thing that makes a lasting first impression. Studies show that your smile has the biggest impact on the success of your personal and business relationships than any other part of your appearance. An attractive smile makes you feel more confident. The more attractive your smile, the more you are noticed, liked and remembered. A confident smile will get you that long-lasting relationship or that promotion that everyone in the office was gunning for. Your teeth and your smile are a reflection of how you feel about yourself and how you take care of yourself.

One of the fastest ways to make a drastic change in a smile that you are unhappy with is to whiten your teeth. At Sarah Wilmer, DDS in Richmond, VA, we hear stories about the antibiotics our patients had as an infant that discolored their teeth and of the kids who would make fun of them in school. Many of our patients have been told there was nothing that could be done for such a deep intrinsic stain. So when we are asked, “Will teeth whitening work for me?” The answer is YES! Here’s what you need to know about teeth whitening.

Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening

Fastest Results

DIY whitening kits can slowly remove a top layer of stain, however, they don’t work for many people- especially those with deep tooth discoloration. Following professional teeth whitening at Sarah Wilmer, DDS in Richmond, VA, you’ll notice an immediate and drastic change. Patients often tell us they have tried every DIY kit out there over the years and never noticed much of a change until they whitened their teeth in our office.

The Safest Form of Bleaching

Dentists are trained to whiten teeth properly by creating custom-fitted trays to keep the whitening agent in contact with the teeth and away from the gums and by using products that are safe for your teeth. Some DIY whitening products that are advertised as ‘tooth-whitening’ contain only abrasives that may remove tea, coffee, and tobacco stains, but do not actually “whiten” your teeth, and can actually cause harm by embedding the abrasives into the gum tissue. Other DIY products have a diluted bleaching solution and are mostly ineffective. Still, others contain chlorine dioxide, which can destroy tooth enamel (the protective outer surface of the tooth).

Gum & Tooth Sensitivity are More Controllable

One of the side effects of DIY teeth whitening is sensitivity. Our whitening system produces little to no sensitivity for a few reasons. Our custom-fit tray prevents the whitening gel from contacting the gum tissue. We do not use a UV light or laser which causes a great amount of sensitivity and, contrary to popular belief, is actually ineffective at whitening the teeth. We use a buffering agent, a desensitizing agent, and revolutionary technology to stabilize the product prior to use. Hence, we have found our KöR Whitening system to be the gentlest and most effective whitening system available!

Kills Periodontal Bacteria

In the United States, a study done by the CDC showed 47% of adults just 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. The number jumps drastically as age increases: 70% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease. Professionally whitening your teeth restores your gum and teeth’s youthful ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen makes it difficult (if not impossible) for anaerobic bacteria (periodontal bacteria) to survive. It also breaks through the slime barrier of biofilm (plaque) to destroy the bacteria’s cell walls. We recommend that all of our patients with controlled periodontal disease stay on a whitening maintenance schedule to reduce the risk of relapse.

Types of Stains Best to Get Removed Professionally

It is best to have most stains removed professionally (would you trust the $29.99 special you saw on TV to remove that chocolate stain from your wedding dress?). Your teeth are too important to risk harming with ineffective and unsafe products.

Aging

As you age your teeth naturally darken in color. They also begin losing some of their integrity, which adds to the potential for damage with DIY whitening kits. Professional whitening agents help reduce signs of aging in your teeth while protecting them from further breakdown.

Consumption of Certain Foods

Coffee, red meat, carbonated beverages, turmeric, red wine, tea and chocolate are all delicious, but come at a price – they drastically impact tooth color. Fortunately, professional whitening performed by Sarah Wilmer, DDS in Richmond, VA can remove these stains. And with your easy home maintenance, these staining foods will have no effect on the long-term brilliant color of your teeth so you can continue to enjoy the foods you love.

Tobacco Use

For smokers, the stains on your teeth tell a tale about the number of years you’ve been using tobacco. Professional whitening can wash this proof away and hopefully encourage you to halt this bad habit.

Tetracycline Stain

Some medications, such as tetracycline, can cause significant discoloration to your teeth. Prior to KöR Whitening, improving the appearance of these teeth was virtually impossible, short of putting veneers or crowns on all of them. Our whitening system is the ONLY system that has proven to improve this appearance, giving us miraculous results over and over again.

Why Smiling is Important

Teeth WhiteningAside from the obvious (you are happy!), there are many reasons smiling is important.

Longevity

Studies show that those who smile and laugh are more likely to live a long and healthy life. Smiling causes you to relax, thereby boosting your immune system, lowering your blood pressure and heart rate, and acting as a natural pain reliever! Whiter teeth will boost your confidence in your smile and you will be more likely to show it off, increasing your chance of living a longer and healthier life!

Social Life

Stained teeth can be embarrassing, causing some people to avoid social gatherings and even avoid dating. It can also turn off others around you who assume the color of your teeth is a result of your lack of a good oral hygiene routine. A healthy bright smile will encourage you to be more social and engage in all the events you don’t want to miss.

Achieving Financial Goals

Finally, having a bright white smile will make you feel more confident in yourself and in your abilities. It influences the way you present yourself at work and in financial interactions. Employers are searching for that self-confident person who cares about themself and their work. Gorgeous, whiter teeth will drastically increase your chances of success and wealth!

Interested in learning more about teeth whitening and the way it can improve your life? Go ahead – make that drastic positive change you’ve been waiting for in your social life, love life, and career. Contact Sarah Wilmer, DDS in Richmond, VA, today, and let us help you create not only a beautiful smile but also a healthy one!

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