The Surprising Benefits of Teeth Whitening
At first glance, whitening your teeth may seem like a vain act, reserved only for people obsessed with their image and ego.
However, this line of thinking is quite problematic. In reality, people choose to whiten their teeth for all kinds of reasons, many of which don’t relate to vanity at all. In many cases, teeth whitening can serve as a lifeline for people’s self-confidence and even oral hygiene.
To learn more about the full scope of the benefits people experience after whitening their teeth, whether at their dentist’s office or at home with a store-bought whitening kit, continue reading below.
A Boost in Self-Confidence
There’s nothing worse than investing the better part of your younger years building and forming the perfect smile, only to let stains and discolorations keep you from showing it to the rest of the world in your later years.
You may have the most perfect teeth, but if there’s one obvious stain that appears visible when you smile, that can be enough to stop you from smiling as much as you should. While not being able to smile with your teeth may not seem like a big deal, it’s actually very limiting when you think about it.
Just think about the situations in which not fully expressing a smile takes away from your experience: enjoying a comedy show, laughing with friends, enjoying the company of a potential romantic partner — the list goes on!
However, in whitening your teeth, you can regain the confidence needed to show your smile and fully enjoy yourself in situations like those described above.
It Helps Other People Feel Good
It may be odd to think that not fully smiling can affect other people around you, but it certainly can. After all, people like to be around positive people — people who support, encourage, and, yes, smile.
Even if you are supportive and encouraging, if you’re not expressing that through your face in the form of a radiant smile, you can give off the impression to those around you that you’re not as positive of a person as you really are.
A simple whitening treatment can remove any inhibition you may have about showing off your true smile around other people. No more purse-lipped smiles or covering your mouth when you laugh out loud — just pearly whites for all to see.
It Can Improve Your Mood
When you’re not confident with your smile, you naturally smile less frequently. Or, at the very least, you smile less enthusiastically.
This is a shame, as there is data showing that smiling not only leads to myriad health benefits, including a reduction in stress levels and increased longevity but also an improvement in mood.
Specifically, people who smile more, whether to themselves or in response to other people, tend to experience better moods. The crazy thing is that the smiles don’t even have to be authentic! You can force yourself to smile and still see a boost in mood, which is why smiling throughout the day can help achieve and maintain a stable, good mood.
With a stain-free smile that you don’t mind sporting regardless of where you are (such as what you get after a thorough tooth whitening treatment) smiling more often throughout the day becomes that much easier.
Better Oral Hygiene
While some teeth whitening treatments might not be classified as “healthy”, especially in cases where very highly concentrated bleach is used on already-damaged teeth, pursuing teeth whitening, in general, can lead to a complete overhaul of your oral hygiene for the better.
This is because before starting any whitening treatment, you’re encouraged to consult with your dentist. If you haven’t visited your dentist in years, you might find that there are issues present in your mouth and teeth that you didn’t even know existed.
In cases like these, if you hadn’t chosen to pursue teeth whitening, you might not have chosen to visit the dentist any time soon, which would have allowed the issues present in your mouth and teeth to continue developing for who knows how long.
With an idea of the oral requirements you have to meet before you’re able to start whitening your teeth, you can then upgrade your day-to-day oral hygiene regimen — incorporating such things as stronger brushing, more powerful toothpaste, flossing, mouthwash, oral probiotics, etc. — to be able to better meet these requirements.
Plus, you have an incentive to continue following your new upgraded regiment, which is being able to continue safely whitening your teeth.