Looking our best helps us to feel our best. However, each individual has a different idea of what the word “best” means to them. Through individual clothing styles, hair styles, and other forms of expression, humans are free to curate their appearance to match what makes them happiest. While almost every aspect of the ideal form may vary from person to person, from thick to thin and tall to short and everything in between, almost all people agree on one thing: the ideal smile. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who was gunning for a yellow, decayed grin (although they may be out there)! When it comes to our mouths, most of us seek a white smile that shines like we do. Fortunately, teeth whitening treatments exist for those of us whose pearly whites aren’t as white as they used to be. Today, we’re looking at some of the pros and cons of teeth whitening to help you decide if a procedure is right for you!
Pro: Your confidence will increase.
A whiter smile means a more confident you, as you no longer question what others may think when you flash your grin. Additionally, we are statistically more likely to like and trust someone who has a vibrant smile, so you can enter new social settings boldly knowing your smile speaks for you.
Con: An increase in sensitivity.
Some whitening treatments can be harsh on enamel and cause temporarily heightened sensitivity. Thankfully, this will fade over a few hours or days, but patients with teeth that are already sensitive may find whitening painful.
Pro: At-home whitening can be relatively inexpensive.
There are a variety of at home whitening treatments, from strips to gels to trays, and they generally cost between $10-$40. These treatments offer limited results, but if you only want to brighten up by a few shades, at-home whitening can do the trick!
Con: Crowns and fillings won’t change color.
If you’ve had extensive dental work done, whitening can cause your teeth to look patchy as your natural enamel changes shades, but the color of your synthetic teeth remains the same. If you’re trying to enhance your smile after a lot of crowns and fillings, consider porcelain veneers which are stain resistant and can be placed over all of your teeth, giving you a uniform and bright smile.
Pro: Choices galore.
From the aforementioned at-home kits to various options in your dentist’s chair, there are a variety of whitening options to choose from that can brighten your teeth by up to ten shades in one visit!
Con: Results aren’t permanent.
Over time, teeth will begin to yellow again due to exposure to things like coffee, wine, tobacco, and simply due to age. Whitening needs to be redone every few months or years to keep smiles shining.
If you’re looking for a way to instantly enhance your smile and confidence, don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss whitening options with your dentist!
Give us a call to schedule your consultation at Trublu Dentistry in Burbank, Chicago, or Hegewisch today!