- October 1, 2017
Social media has changed the world in a lot of ways, but one of the things we like about it — especially in the fall — is that we can use it to share and see pictures.
And in the fall, there are so many great opportunities for photos. As the leaves change colors, it makes for some scenic shots. The oranges and yellows look great on the trees.
But they aren’t necessarily the best colors for your smile.
We hope you will be doing fun things throughout the fall — picking out a pumpkin to carve, going on a hayride, attending a festival with people you love. When you do there will inevitably be pictures, which will be shared with family and friends.
Everyone at Shorewood Family Dental Care wants you to feel comfortable showing how happy you are in your photos. If you feel like you have to hide your yellow teeth, other people may not realize how much fun you are having.
What Teeth Whitening Can Do For You
The most obvious benefit of having whiter teeth is that your smile will look nicer. When you remove the stains from your teeth, we think you will agree that your smile is just better.
Now, we don’t blame you for enjoying coffee (maybe with a bit of pumpkin spice). But all those coffees don’t just help you get going in the morning. They slowly but surely add to the yellowing of your smile.
We haven’t mentioned the soft drinks, foods with colorful sauces, and desserts that also affect the color of your smile. And if you use tobacco products of any kind, you are only making those issues worse.
The good news is that professional teeth whitening can remove these stains that have taken years or even decades to develop. And when you see your pearly whites again, you might notice some unexpected benefits as well.
▶ You may feel more confident.
When you have yellow, dingy teeth, you may not want to show your smile. You may worry that people will judge you for the condition of your teeth.
But when your teeth are bright and white, you just might feel like showing off that smile more often — in person and in pictures.
▶ You may feel like other people respond to you differently.
Remember when we said you might worry that people might be judging you based on your smile, we wish we could say that’s all in your head.
Not too long ago, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry commissioned a survey about smiles. Here are few of the results:
■ 99.7 percent of respondents said smiles have social value.
■ 96 percent of respondents said a nice smile can make someone appear more attractive.
■ 74 percent of respondents said an “unattractive smile” can hurt someone in their career.
The top reason people said a smile could be considered unattractive was “discolored, yellow, or stained teeth.”
Fortunately, Shorewood Family Dental Care can help you remove stains from your smile, and then we can help you keep your teeth looking their best.
▶ You might look younger, too.
It’s normal for our teeth to become yellower as we get older. After all, by the time you are 30, you’ve had more cups of coffee and more meals than you did when you were 20. And with each passing year, you have more coffee and more food.
A few years ago, The Daily Mail (a British newspaper) showed people photos of other people with their natural teeth and photos with teeth that were whitened with photo editing software. People who looked at the whitened smiles said women looked as much as 12 years younger than people who saw the natural smiles. And some men were estimated to be as much as 10 years younger with whiter teeth.
Let Us Give You A Reason To Smile Again
If we could, we would give everyone in the Shorewood, IL, area perfect smiles. The reality we can only help the people who visit our dentist office.