Everybody's teeth pick up stains or discolorations over time -- especially if you drink a lot of coffee, tea or wine. But they don't have to stay that way. Once reserved for the rich and famous, professional tooth-whitening services are now more affordable than ever.
Believe it or not, getting those pearly whites back to white is more than just a cosmetic consideration. Check out these four reasons why everybody should have their teeth whitened by a professional:
A Bright Smile Boosts Your Self-Confidence
Our self-worth shouldn't be tied entirely to our appearance, of course, but there's no denying that when you like what you see in the mirror, you feel good about yourself. And that's not the only bonus of having a smile you like. If you're the type of person who's ever covered their smile with a hand, smiled with your lips closed or simply not smiled at all out of fear of showing your teeth, having your smile whitened can open the door to a whole new freedom of expression.
You'll Love Seeing Your Photos
Do you have a special occasion coming up where you know there'll be lots of pictures -- maybe a wedding, anniversary or family reunion? Having your teeth professionally whitened is a great way to ensure that you'll love seeing yourself every time your face appears in those photos. Think of it as the crowning glory in your personal preparations, right up there with having your hair down or finding the right clothes to wear.
A Smile You Love Inspires Better Dental Health
Getting your teeth whitened won't make them healthier in an instant. But seeing that bright, white smile looking back at you in the mirror every morning may be just what it takes to inspire consistent brushing, flossing and cleanings -- all the ingredients you need to keep healthy teeth for the rest of your life. And remember, good dental health contributes to your overall health and well-being, too.
White Teeth Make You Look Younger and Healthier
Everybody's teeth accumulate stains or discolorations as we age, and certain personal habits -- like smoking -- can also discolor your teeth. So it's no surprise that we're subconsciously conditioned to see people with white teeth as younger and healthier than those with a less white smile.
Getting your smile whitened is a great way to hide the effects of habits like smoking, but it goes further than that. Not only will other people see you as younger and healthier, but you'll also see the same thing in the mirror every morning and night. And just as whiter teeth can inspire renewed interest in your dental hygiene, seeing how young and happy your smile can make you might just inspire you to pick up a few healthy new habits for your body and mind, too.