Why Teeth Whitening Makes You More Kissable



professional-dental-cleaningLet’s be honest…

what could be a bigger turn off than locking lips with someone with dark, dirty teeth, and bad breath?

Not much in my opinion.  Think about how hard people work to make themselves look their best.  Not just for hygienic reasons either.  Of course, grooming began as a way of keeping our bodies clean and free from bacteria and disease.  But, throughout time, people have gone to great lengths to improve their appearances.


Including teeth whitening services in your routine, is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a dramatic improvement in your appearance and self esteem.  People are always looking for an easy way to lose weight with the least amount of effort or exercise.  Wouldn’t that be great if you could just go to sleep at night, put something around your belly and wake up a little skinnier!  That would be fantastic! Unfortunately, this does not exist.  But, what does exist are teeth whitening services that whiten your teeth with minimal time and effort.  By having custom teeth whitening trays made, you can apply professional teeth whitening gel that can work while you sleep to help create a whiter, more beautiful smile! 

There are several ways to whiten your teeth.

The simplest and least expensive is to brush and floss at least two times a day.  deep-teeth-cleaningPlaque accumulates on your teeth after eating food and drinking.  Food particles can stick to and/or get caught in between teeth. If not cleaned off quickly these particles and debris will stain and discolor your teeth.

This eventually leads to tooth decay, gum disease and cavities. Brushing the food and debris off of your teeth prevents plaque from forming and keeps your teeth clean, bright, white and healthy!

Think about it, you see what happens to your dishes if you don’t clean food off of them and they sit in the sink all day.  The food gets hard and is very difficult to remove from the plates, bowls, utensils, and glasses.  Coffee mugs show how they can stain and discolor with time even with proper washing.  This same analogy holds true with your teeth.  If you eat and drink all day and fail to brush and floss your teeth at night before you go to bed, all of that food accumulates and sticks to the teeth forming plaque and hard tartar.  Once the tartar accumulates, it is even tougher to keep clean and requires a professional dental cleaning to remove the tarter build up from your teeth.  If you have seen the TV show “Hoarders” you can see how disgusting a home and kitchen can get if not being cleaned properly.  Imagine the same thing happening in your mouth.  If you eat or drink and then fail to clean your teeth afterward, this debris piles up the same way as it does in those neglected homes.  Yikes! 

To make matters worse, even with your best home-care efforts, sometimes we still need a little bit of help to make our smile its best and brightest.  You should include professional dental cleaning at least two times each year. Sometimes, additional cleanings are necessary depending on your ability to keep your teeth and gums at optimal health. This professional attention helps to ensure deep teeth cleaning to get into all of those hard to reach nooks and crannies.  Most people need some help, especially with their flossing in order to access all areas of their mouth.

professional-teeth-whitening-gelThe best time to use teeth whitening services is in the first few weeks after having a professional dental cleaning.

With no plaque or tartar on your teeth, the professional teeth whitening gel can better penetrate into the porosities of the tooth enamel to help draw out intrinsic stains and discolorations. 

Most options for professional teeth whitening gel are either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide based solutions varying in different concentrations.  These gels are safe and effective to use without fear of damaging tooth enamel.

It is common to have some sensitivity during or immediately after whitening your teeth.  That is why different concentrations are available, to help make whitening your teeth more comfortable with less sensitivity.

Also, the duration of time that you wear your custom teeth whitening trays can also affect this sensitivity and you may want to limit wearing nighttime trays to only 2-4 hours at a time.

In-office “laser” teeth whitening is also available if you cannot be consistent with wearing custom teeth whitening trays at home.  This system will effectively whiten your teeth in a substantially shorter time period.  Usually, between one and three visits are required and are performed under supervision of the dentist.  This method can achieve good results in a hurry, but will still need to be maintained over time to keep teeth white and prevent future stain and color relapse. 

Finally, porcelain veneers can be a permanent solution to a whiter brighter smile and may be your best option if bleaching and whitening is not effective for you. For additional information about veneers, to see veneers before and after pictures and veneers cost, please visit http://www.theperfectsmilekc.com/porcelain-veneers/ or contact our office, so we can answer your questions.

Think about it, every day you darken your teeth.  When you drink coffee, wine, tea, pop, or just about any colored beverage or food, you are staining your teeth.  To fight this daily onslaught of darkness, professional teeth whitening is a great defense.  So, keep your teeth their best and your smile its’ most kissable.  Your loved ones will appreciate it and you will reap the rewards!