How many times have you seen a celebrity flash a famous grin, and you wonder if you could have a smile that lights up a room? The answer is that you that most certainly can, and the quickest possible solution is professional teeth whitening by Dr. Tereza Hambarchian at ProDent Care.
You have lots of company in your desire for a brighter smile. In a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most common improvement people wanted to make in their smiles was “whiter teeth.”
Why do teeth become discolored?
Everyday living can be tough on your teeth. Drinking coffee, tea, wine, and soda, and eating staining foods such as blueberries, cherries, or strawberries can all take a toll on the color of your teeth.
Aging dulls tooth brightness, too. As teeth age, the enamel becomes thinner, allowing the yellowish dentin underneath to show through. The shade can darken to a yellow-gray that makes your appearance seem unhealthy to others.
Smoking or tobacco use can cause unsightly yellow or brown staining of the teeth, too, and some medications can even cause tooth discoloration.
Why is professional teeth whitening better?
Many patients rave that the results of our professional teeth whitening are dramatically noticeable after just one quick visit, with teeth appearing shades lighter.
While at-home whitening systems are widely available, their weak bleaching solutions can be painfully slow to show any noticeable results. Plus the solution can irritate your gums due to poorly-fitted, mass-produced trays.
What are the treatments like?
Like many patients, you’ll be surprised at how fast and simple the procedure is. First, your teeth are checked for chips or damage. Next, a protective gel and mouthguard are put in place to protect your gums, and a solution is applied to your teeth. The active whitening ingredient reacts to a special laser light that breaks up the discolored surface stains in a painless procedure, reversing years of discoloring.
Treatments usually last just 45-90 minutes, depending on how much brightening is required. You emerge with a whiter smile in just a single visit, and it’s less expensive than other cosmetic treatments that offer less noticeable results.
Here are five great reasons to have your teeth professionally whitened:
#1. A special event
You have an upcoming event to attend, like a wedding, class reunion, or a gathering of your extended family. You haven’t seen these people for a long time and don’t want to be embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth.
#2. Your braces came off
You recently had braces removed and see a noticeable difference in tooth color where the braces were. Instead of waiting weeks for whitening toothpaste to kick in, give your newly-straightened teeth a quick makeover in one visit to Dr. Hambarchian.
#3. A big first
You want to make a positive first impression in a job interview or on a big first date. In a study by the AACD, almost half of adults viewed a person’s smile as their most memorable feature during a first meeting. Whiter teeth give you the confidence to smile at your date or potential boss.
#4. You kicked the habit
You recently quit smoking and want to erase the damage done by tobacco use. On top of the cosmetic benefits, having whiter teeth provides an incentive to remain smoke-free to keep them that way.
#5. You deserve it
You need a boost in self-confidence to reflect a healthier you. In today’s age of social media, where everyone has a cell phone with a camera, you may be embarrassed by photos that friends or family post online. With whiter teeth, you’ll be ready to smile for any photo opportunity.
Getting your teeth professionally whitened provides a quick and dramatic makeover. As a cosmetic dentist, one of Dr. Hambarchian’s greatest joys is witnessing the delight of a patient taking the first glimpse of his or her newly-brightened smile. She’s here to answer any specific questions you may have, so call the ProDent Care office or use our convenient online booking tool to make your appointment.