Stay Young With Whiter Teeth

close up of a perfect smileWhile some of the benefits that come with age include wisdom, maturity and experience, the yellowing of our teeth is an aging-related characteristic that is perceived as negative. A recent survey of British citizens done by oral hygiene product manufacturer Oral B indicated that those in the United Kingdom believe that white teeth make one look up to five years younger, and increase one’s attractiveness by up to 20 percent. Americans seem to agree with this sentiment, as teeth whitening consistently tops the list of popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Many factors influence how bright our teeth appear as we age, including diseases that impact the dentin and enamel of our teeth; use of certain medications, including antihistamines, antidepressants and high blood pressure drugs; poor oral hygiene; dental traumas such as cracked or broken teeth; medical treatments such as chemotherapy; and genetics. However, even if none of these factors is present, our teeth will grow darker over time, usually becoming more yellow or brown in hue.

If you want to keep a young-looking smile, you can employ several teeth-whitening strategies. Minimizing the impact of teeth-staining foods is important, as is adhering to a daily oral care regiment that includes brushing at least twice daily and flossing once a day.

If you are seeking a more permanent solution for brightening your smile, your dentist can discuss options such as veneers or dental bonding. And it’s likely he or she will also suggest in-office teeth whitening, as it is one of the safest, least invasive, and least expensive methods for dealing with age-related tooth stains. Of all the possible teeth-whitening options, in-office treatments require the least amount of effort on the part of the patient. If you would like to extend the effect of your investment, your dentist can also prescribe take-home whitening treatments.

“You don’t have to make monumental changes to your life in order to make your teeth look younger,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “Teeth whitening is a quick, effective and long-lasting way to take years off of the appearance of your mouth.”


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