Business cards are no longer just about owning and advertising a business. Today, many of us carry around business cards to hand to people we meet and want to get to know better. We hand them our card and say Facebook me, or email me. Did you know that to a certain extent our teeth and our smile can function as a business card? The condition of our teeth can indicate hygiene habits, health conditions, and social status. Don’t you often associate a bright white smile full of perfectly straight and uniform teeth with celebrity status, Hollywood, good health, fastidious hygiene, and wealth? The fact is, our teeth can indicate even more about us including our age, gender, and even personality. However, today in our blog What Your Teeth Say About You: Installment #1, we are focusing on the color of your teeth.
The Color of Your Teeth
According to research, your smile is the first thing that people notice, and we all know how important first impressions are. What does your smile look like? Are your teeth white and straight, stained and crooked, or somewhere in-between? Most of us have smiles that are somewhere in-between. However, a bright, attractive smile can have a huge impact on many areas of your life. Studies show that people with great smiles and who smile often get better jobs, higher pay, have more friends, and get more dates! According to a study by Oral-B, white teeth can also make you appear younger, by five years! And increase your attractiveness by 20 percent!
Teeth whitening is one of the most requested dental procedures, and one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. Here at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we offer the KöR whitening system. This system includes an in-office deep bleaching that takes about an hour, as well as a take-home custom-created whitening kit. The take-home kit includes custom-fitted trays to wear over your teeth every night after your in-office treatment, for approximately 10-14 days. By keeping your trays, you can receive additional whitening gel from our office so you can touchup your smile occasionally at home to keep it permanently white.
You can also keep your teeth white by avoiding foods and beverages that stain including coffee, tea, wine, cola, red sauces, candy, and berries; by using a straw to drink beverages; by rinsing your mouth with water after consuming foods or beverages that stain; and by brushing your teeth within 30-60 minutes afterwards.