A bright smile radiates health, warmth, happiness, vitality, and approachability. Even beyond personal, social, and professional perceptions, a contagious smile makes you feel and seem like a winner. The value of a great smile has been supported by the spread of the “Hollywood Smile” phenomenon. In today’s appearance oriented society that focuses especially on facial beauty, smiles are finally getting the attention they deserve.
More people are seeking preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care to improve one of their most important physical assets. Lighter, brighter, whiter, straighter, healthier teeth and gums have become integral to social acceptance. A happy side effect of cosmetic dentistry is that patients tend to practice improved oral hygiene and dental care after a smile enhancement.
Adult teeth have a tendency to darken over time, impairing esthetics and self-esteem. Tooth discoloration may be extrinsic, intrinsic, or a combination of the two. Intrinsic (internal) discoloration may be due to excess fluoride or antibiotic use during childhood, internal bleeding in the tooth caused by injury, and root canal treatment, among other causes. Intrinsic discoloration does not respond predictably to whitening treatments, and may require porcelain veneers or dental crowns to improve the appearance of the teeth.
Fortunately, most tooth discoloration is extrinsic, which usually responds well to tooth whitening treatments. These stains are typically caused by highly pigmented foods and beverages we consume, as well as tobacco use. Tea, coffee, fruit juices, red wine, berries, red sauces and tobacco (either smoking or smokeless) are some of the most common sources of extrinsic stains.
People have desired whiter teeth through the ages; 2000 years ago, Egyptians rubbed their teeth with a twig covered with wine vinegar and pumice to lighten their smiles. Today, we still desire that dazzling smile, but it can be achieved through easier, more effective means.
Dr. Sameet Koppikar and his well-trained staff make Phoenix smile brightly with simple, effective whitening treatments. Patients can have that bright white smile in about an hour with the in-office whitening method. The doctor also offers at-home whitening kits for those who wish to brighten their smiles in the comfort and convenience of home. This method takes about two weeks for full results, but improvement is usually visible within the first day or two.
If you don’t like the color of your teeth, call (602) 954-8200 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Koppikar today.