For thousands of years, mankind has been working on improving the smile, attempting to get nearer and nearer the perfect ideal, moving away from the imperfect reality that we are almost all afflicted with naturally. Since the time of Aristotle, mankind has talked about straightening and perfecting the teeth. Back then, this mostly concerned attempting to move teeth with primitive orthodontic headgear and attempting to prevent the collapse of the mouth after death, because various cultures that believed in the afterlife thought that a collapsed mouth meant that you wouldn’t be able to talk, eat, or drink in the next world.
In this modern era, a lot of importance is placed upon the smile that we present to the world. The smile is a very important tool in the way we interact with people around us, in ways both personal and professional. A smile to a colleague belies that we’re confident in what we’re doing, or that we’re a team player, or that we’re outgoing or friendly. A smile to a prospective partner in the world of personal relationships is meant to give off a plethora of signals, projecting confidence, satisfaction with the self, and even joy. We use our smile to give off a lot of signals, and it’s important, therefore, that we can be proud of our smile and flash it gladly and without fear or without it sabotaging our self-confidence.
We do a lot of things that damage the smile and stain the teeth. As far as actual, physical damage, nearly everything you put in your mouth and nearly everything that you chew is slowly grinding down and corroding your teeth over time. Then there’s the stupid things we do that chip our teeth, like people who, for example, think that opening a glass soda bottle with their jaw is a good idea (who does that, that’s just crazy.)
Of course, the things you consume also slowly stain your teeth. Are you, like I am, addicted to coffee, pretty much dependent on it to get you through your day? Yeah, coffee is going to slowly stain your teeth brown (although, in the beginning, you end up with yellow teeth). Do you have that most maligned of habits, an addiction to cigarettes and nicotine? That stains your teeth. Do you frequent fast food joints and rest stops, or otherwise just consume a lot of soda all the time? Soda slowly stains the teeth as well. And don’t worry; lest they feel left out, I’d like to point out that those who consume a lot of tea also stain their teeth, as do those who like to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (have you ever see your mouth after eating a blueberry? This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone). And if you, like me, prefer a bit of beer or wine in your day, you better believe that is going to stain your teeth as well.
So, what can be done to fix the damage you’ve done to the coloring of your teeth? To start off with, you’ll need to go and find a teeth whitening dentist in your local area, someone who can offer you the treatment you’re going to need to remove the staining that you’ve naturally caused throughout the course of your life. You’ll need to, obviously, set up an appointment, and you’ll need to show up.
When you get there, they’ll sit you in one of those comfortable dentist chairs, and they’ll cover your gums with the use of one of various protective gels, which will keep them from being impacted by the bleaching agent that will be applied to your teeth. Next, they’ll apply a bleaching agent to your teeth, which will be left there for an hour or so, depending on what your particular teeth need to whiten them more. This agent is either made of up to sixteen percent hydrogen peroxide, or it’s something that, when applied to the teeth, will transform, chemically, into hydrogen peroxide.
Now, this can be accelerated using light-accelerated treatments, which basically consist of everything I just mentioned, but add in the use of various high-powered lights in order to quicken the pace of whitening. This shortens the amount of time you need to be in the chair, as well as having some positive effect on the efficiency of the treatment.
So, if you think that your teeth could use some professional help so you can get that superstar smile, contact your local dentist’s office and see what they can offer you in professional teeth whitening.