Improving Your Sense Of Wellbeing With A Whiter Smile
There may be some challenging months ahead but a whiter smile can make you feel better about yourself!
This is understandable and there is no doubt that it is a difficult time for many of us. There is better news on the horizon though and once we reach spring, it is hoped that the warmer weather and possibly a vaccine being ready for distribution might finally herald the start of a journey back to something like we were used to before.
In the meantime, it is important that we follow government guidelines to minimise the spread as much as possible. It is equally important though, that we find ways to keep our spirits up, even if this does mean searching for new things that we can do to make our lives feel better in these tricky times.
Home exercises and sourdough bread were amongst the things that people used last time to help them through the first lockdown. This time, we would like to suggest to patients of Blue Sky Dental that working on improving your smile might help to not only brighten up the months ahead, but also put you in a good position for when we are finally allowed to socialise again.
In a relaxed state, our mouths are mainly in a neutral position with our facial muscles largely being when we speak or smile. As there is probably likely to be less laughter than we would like over the next few months, why not look at doing some facial exercises? There are a number of videos widely available for this and practising and strengthening the smile muscles can only be a good thing. Indeed, some people say that even by putting on an artificial smile, we actually improve our mood.
Naturally, when we smile we want people to see a set of attractive teeth and not ones that have become stained or discoloured. We may brush our teeth well, and whilst this will help, but it won’t eliminate stained teeth altogether.
Why do teeth become discoloured?
A tooth can become discoloured in two different ways. Firstly, there is surface staining. This can be caused by a number of things. Some, like smoking for example, are quite obvious and it isn’t unusual to see long term smokers with heavily stained and yellow, or even brown, teeth. Some food and drinks such as coffee and soy sauce are also likely to cause surface staining. It isn’t just dark foods though. Even white wine can cause staining as its acidity roughens the tooth surface enabling staining substances to become more easily attached.
Secondly, there is internal discolouration. This is different altogether from surface staining and is largely unaffected by what we eat and drink. This discolouration happens quite naturally as we become older. It is caused by the dentin part of the tooth that lies below the enamel becoming darker in colour. This then shows through the translucent enamel of the teeth. Whilst there are some teeth whitening products widely available, such as toothpastes, these largely, but relatively ineffectively, target the surface staining and will have little or no effect on internal discolouration. When teeth are affected in this way, only a teeth whitening treatment by a dentist can improve it.
How much improved whiteness can you expect?
To some degree, the level of whiteness of your teeth once the treatment is concluded will depend on two things. Firstly, how badly discoloured your teeth were beforehand, and secondly, how white you want them to be. Teeth that are very badly discoloured will be improved by a teeth whitening procedure, without a doubt. Severely discoloured teeth though may not reach the level of whiteness that you had hoped for. As part of our initial consultation, we will advise our Chelmsford patients as to what they can expect as a result of the treatment. For those with very badly stained teeth, we may suggest the use of porcelain veneers instead.
There is also the question of how white YOU want your teeth to look. Some patients hope for a brilliant sparkling whiteness whilst others want a less obvious but still noticeable, subtle improvement. We can adjust the treatment to the level of whiteness that you want.
With the hope that the lockdown will end, or at least be eased, by the time Christmas arrives, many of us will be hoping to socialise with others in some form or another. Christmas parties and get-togethers may be a little different this year, but most of us will still want to dress up and look our very best. A nice new whiter smile can certainly help you to do that and to feel better about yourself too!
If you are interested in finding out how the dentists at Blue Sky Dental can help, please call our Chelmsford clinic for an initial consultation on 01245 211070.