As we reach another milestone in the easing of lockdown and pubs and restaurants re-open, you might be feeling a little self-conscious about your smile and showing it off around others. Not only can professional teeth whitening treatment leave your smile looking refreshed and rejuvenated after the winter lockdown period, but it has the potential to boost your confidence as you start to socialise and return to the workplace again. In this piece, we’re looking at why professional teeth whitening is the only means of whitening teeth you should ever opt for and how it can help you to smile, both inside and out.
Post-lockdown teeth whitening – learning to love your smile again
During the first lockdown, dental practices were forced to close for everything except emergency appointments. Missing routine appointments can result in an excess staining, with plaque and tartar building up on and around your teeth and gums, particularly if you’re not a rigorous brusher and you regularly consume teeth-staining food and drink. Last year, it was revealed by a study that 1 in 8 Brits failed to brush twice a day between March – June of last year, which undoubtedly will have resulted in excess staining and a duller smile for many people.
Booking both a routine hygienist appointment and dentist appointment should be your first priority if you haven’t yet made up for lost time. However, considering treatment like teeth whitening can provide an even bigger degree of rejuvenation for your smile. Here at Corner House Dental, we see many patients find a renewed drive and incentive to care for their smile after treatment, born from a desire to maintain the results of whitening. With proper brushing and flossing, the results of teeth whitening treatment can last for up to two years.
Teeth whitening – the ideal treatment for a forthcoming special event
It’s safe to say that when restrictions are lifted for good, many of us will be making up for lost time in the socialising department. Covid-19 put a pause on many special events like weddings, anniversary parties, birthdays and baby showers and in the next 12 months (providing the Covid-19 vaccination rollout continues to be a success), it’s hoped that we can all enjoy such events again.
Gathering in groups and being photographed in the post mask-wearing era might sound like an intimidating prospect and it’s no wonder, given how we’ve all adapted to covering our mouths routinely and for so long. Treatment like teeth whitening can provide you with the dose confidence you might need, as you get used to socialising normally again.
More on the confidence teeth whitening can provide
As confidence and self-esteem are two huge building blocks that help create success and happiness, it’s important to outline ways in which teeth whitening can bring you a step closer to these.
As humans, we have a tendency to cover up the aspects of our bodies we dislike, and even avoid being around others for fear of being judged. When you repress a smile in an attempt to hide your teeth this is no different, but it can have a dramatic effect on your happiness in the long term. A smile releases chemicals responsible for wellbeing (endorphins), and even when you’re not in the mood to smile, research has shown that doing smiling, (even if you don’ necessarily feel like it) can leave you feeling happier. With this in mind, failing to address the things you dislike about your smile (which in the case of this article is tooth discolouration), you could be inadvertently affecting your long-term happiness and mental wellbeing.
Meanwhile, healthy-looking teeth are often representative of a healthy lifestyle and success. There’s a reason why we dress smartly and comb our hair in the workplace environment and when we go out for a special occasion – as human beings, we value a first impression that’s clean and indicative of self-care, love and respect. When we reverse this idea, it’s possible to perceive a severely discoloured smile and assume that the person in question does not care much for their appearance, health and possibly even their work.
Why professional whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is widely considered to be the best way to whiten your smile – here are a few reasons why:
- Safe: the most important aspect of any treatment is that it’s safe for patients. In-practice whitening is 100% safe for patients, as it’s overseen by a dentist and the whitening trays are custom-made. The fact that the whitening trays are custom-fitting is extremely important, as there is no risk of the whitening agent coming into contact with your gums.
- Tailored to your smile: only a dentist can deliver tailored treatment. Here at Corner House Dental, your dentist will take in your unique facial features and current tooth shade into account before the whitening process goes ahead.
- Longer-lasting: in-practice teeth whitening delivers the most durable result – it’s a favourable option to over-the-counter kits which tend to produce a result that lasts only a few months.
If you would like to know more about teeth whitening treatment at our Norwich dental practice, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team, who can arrange a consultation for you here at Corner House Dental. Patients can be assured that we have adopted a strict Covid-19 policy, to help stop the spread of the disease.