Dr. James Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry inCharlotte, NC says professional customized whitening of teeth actually encourages patients to practice better oral care and perhaps, become more conscious of overall health care issues. An overall greater awareness of health issues could actually contribute to overall wellness and long-term health, says Wells.
“When your smile looks great, you want to preserve it,” says Wells. He goes on to add, “For some patients it raises the overall awareness of health and of how good health translates directly into looking and feeling great. This can contribute to overall health and longevity.”
According to Dr. Wells, individuals often come in for teeth whitening for purely cosmetic reasons, but in many cases, one look at a white, bright smile and patients want to improve daily oral care and begin to prioritize brushing, flossing and smart lifestyle habits. This not only helps maintain white, bright smiles, it contributes to better oral health which in turn, improves overall health.
Genetics, past medications and even plain old bad luck can impact the appearance of a patient’s teeth. Over time, teeth become stained and discolored due to trauma, smoking, tartar and the consumption of foods such as wine, coffee and tea. The bleaching process helps eliminates these stains.
Research has shown that appearance also impacts an individual’s chances at employment and other opportunities. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 89 percent of respondents from staffing companies said that appearance plays a very important role in hiring decisions. Appearance can be an indicator of how diligent an individual is in all respects, including personal grooming and healthcare maintenance.
Fortunately, there are plenty of teeth whitening treatments available to everyone today. Dr. Wells and other dental professionals agree, however, that when it comes to safety, comfort and efficiency, in-office whitening is the safest and most comfortable way to achieve long-lasting professional results.
Dr. Wells uses a variety of procedures and products to whiten patients’ teeth. ZOOM! Technology boasts dramatic results, with an average improvement of six to ten shades in one office visit, says Dr. Wells. The ZOOM! Lamp utilizes a proprietyary UVA light to aid in the whitening process. It is completely safe, takes very little preparation or time.
But Dr. Wells says whatever method you choose, “You can’t go wrong by taking care of your teeth.” A brighter smile can encourage an individual to begin paying closer attention to overall wellness, which can lead to employment and relationship opportunities, not to mention a great feeling of confidence.