Teeth Whitening: Why It’s the Easiest Way to Look Younger

White teeth make you look younger.

As you’ve grown older, you’ve noticed signs of aging that you wish you could erase, including wrinkles, sags, and teeth that don’t look as white and bright as they once did. While you could invest time and money in facial surgery, injectable therapies, or lasers, your dentist has a quick, easy way to take years off your face.

That’s right — you don’t have to go to a med spa for facial rejuvenation. Just call your dentist for professional teeth whitening. By getting your teeth whitened and brightened at Steelecroft Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can take years off your appearance in just under an hour.

Dingy teeth is a sign of aging

While dull or dingy teeth can occur anytime due to genetics, poor oral hygiene, or exposure to medications such as tetracycline, a lusterless smile usually comes with age. Not only do your teeth take time to absorb stains from coffee, red wine, berries, and other teeth-darkening foods and drinks, they undergo structural changes as you age.

When you’re younger, you have a dense outer layer of enamel that protects your teeth from decay and erosion. But time and over-vigorous brushing erodes away that protective enamel, making your teeth look more translucent. What shows through is an inner layer of your teeth called dentin, which has also become discolored through staining and aging.

Professional teeth whitening infuses your teeth with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These ingredients bind to and break up stains on the surface of your teeth and bind to and break up carbon that stains your inner dentin layer.  Your teeth become whiter not just on the outside, but on the inside, too.

Smiling brightens your face and your life

After your professional teeth whitening session, you’ll feel more confident of your smile. A flash of white, shining teeth not only looks youthful on its own, and the lighter color of your teeth makes your whole face look lighter. Smiling lowers stress, makes you feel better, and conveys confidence and success.

Teeth whitening only takes an hour

Unlike most other rejuvenating therapies, your professional teeth whitening session only takes about an hour. You have to use over-the-counter kits for weeks to lighten your teeth by just a few shades. Dr. John L. Bishop, expert dentist and director of Steelecroft Dental, lightens your teeth by up to eight shades in 60 minutes with professional whitening.  

Dr. Bishop may give you a customized take-home kit for periodic maintenance. He also may recommend using a whitening toothpaste at home and coming in for annual or biennial teeth whitening to maintain your sparkle.

Teeth whitening is pain-free

Another advantage to choosing teeth whitening as a rejuvenation treatment is that it’s pain-free. You relax in the treatment chair during your teeth whitening session. Afterward, you shouldn’t experience any side effects other than a day or two of slightly increased sensitivity.

Maintenance is routine

Taking care of your teeth after teeth whitening means keeping up with your normal, healthy oral-care regimen. Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and come to Steelecroft Dental twice a year for an examination and professional dental cleaning.

To start looking younger with professional teeth whitening, call Steelecroft Dental today or use the online booking form to make an appointment.

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