A healthy smile is consistently voted the most important feature of beauty (and for what it's worth, a healthy smile is a good indicator you're healthy in other ways). Piper Dental summarizes why a good smile is your best asset and offers ways you (and your favorite Madison Wisconsin dentist) can help maintain a bright, healthy smile.
Why Your Smile Matters
Smiling makes you feel better! Plus, people treat you differently when you smile. Your smile has a significant and positive impact on how attractive and likeable people view you. If you're smiling, people perceive you as more attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. Plus, the act of smiling and seeing others smile stimulates the brain to release endorphins, an important neurotransmitter responsible for boosting mood and confidence.
Lack Confidence in Your Smile?
If you’re self-conscious about your teeth, it’s going to show. Studies show that people with cracked, crooked, missing or stained teeth don't smile much. When people don't smile and laugh freely, people around them feel less at ease, less trusting and less attracted to them. Cosmetic dentistry has come along way in both techniques and costs. Given the importance of a great smile, sometimes life-changing, many opt for porcelain crowns and veneers. Being confident in your teeth means you'll smile more often.
Why do teeth darken?
Many factors destroy your naturally white smile. Tobacco, certain foods (blueberries, pomegranates) and certain drinks (coffee, tea, wine) stain teeth. These substances continually work on teeth causing smiles to gradually fade. Hot coffee and tea are especially hazardous because they change the temperature of teeth. This temperature change - hot and cold cycling - causes teeth to expand and contract allowing stains to penetrate. Dr. Jean Piper says that cutting down on coffee and tea can go a long way to creating a great smile. Foods that are slightly acidic (includes most soda pop) are dangerous to your white smile too. These foods open up pores of tooth enamel allowing stains to move more easily into the tooth.
What is the best way to whiten teeth?
There is no universal answer. The fastest and most effective way to whiten teeth is typically an in-office professional whitening procedure. Speak with Dr. Piper and Rhonda, our dental hygienist, about your goals; we will know what you'll need.
Interested in a DIY teething whitening? This hack works great:
Combine 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda. Use less baking soda than hydrogen peroxide; make sure your paste isn't gritty. Stir into a paste and start brushing. Let the paste stand about a minute, then rinse well (don't swallow).
How long will teeth whitening last?
It varies. If you smoke, drink red wine, tea or coffee, or consume acid-containing foods, your bright smile begins to yellow more quickly. In general, a teeth whitening can last a year. Even though results fade, occasional touch-ups regain luster.
Does whitening toothpaste work?
Commercial whitening toothpastes vary in their ability to whiten teeth. They work by removing surface stains from teeth through mild abrasives. However, unlike professional whitening, some whitening toothpastes do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth. Toothpastes that are effective in removing stains can also destroy tooth enamel in the process. These toothpastes use harsh abrasives. With repeated use, harsh abrasives begin to damage enamel and can contribute to increased tooth sensitivity. If you would like to try a whitening toothpaste, consult Dr. Jean Piper.
Now that your teeth are gleaming, you really ought to tackle morning breath ...
What causes morning breath?
While sleeping, saliva isn't very active. Since saliva is the mouth's natural mouthwash, most people experience morning breath. Bacteria found on teeth in crevices and on the taste buds, break down the food particles, which produce sulfur compounds. These sulfur compounds give breath a bad odor. While awake, saliva helps wash away bacteria and food particles. Your saliva also helps to dissolve the foul-smelling sulfur compounds.
Chronic, long-term mouth odor can signal a serious problem. Make an appointment with Dr. Jean Piper if this is a concern.
Need to speak with Dr. Jean about improving your smile? Piper's dental practice is located in Madison Wisconsin's Hilldale / Midvale shopping area:
Jean Piper Dental
4506 Regent St (at Midvale)
Telephone: (608) 233-4242