Nothing that gives you joy during tough times is frivolous. With the status of your next dental appointment unknown or up in the air due to global health events, it’s only natural to focus on the state of your smile — it’s a major point of pride, and keeping it looking gleaming and sparkling is a priority for many. While the only safe teeth-whitening treatment is one provided by your dentist, there are some ways you can preserve and prolong the effects at home — and some DIY home remedies you should definitely steer clear of.
Dentistry has, at times, been accused of being archaic and draconian. Indeed, it can seem like dental care stays the same as the rest of the world marches on — but that’s simply not the case. The implementation of painless dentistry practices or new teeth-whitening methods and the move from conventional braces to Invisalign are advances worth talking about.
As long as recorded human history has been around, people have been trying to improve their smiles. Today you have your pick of safe, healthy and tested teeth-whitening treatments available from your dentist, but your ancestors and those before couldn’t just make an appointment with a licensed professional. Instead, people have relied on some pretty bizarre (and downright disgusting!) methods to whiten and brighten their teeth.
If you’re looking at your child’s mouth and notice thick, opaque white lines or patterns on their teeth, or worse, pitting or extreme discoloration that ranges from slightly yellow to dark brown, it’s easy to worry and think it’s an emergency. In most cases, it’s not. Rather, these symptoms are signs of fluorosis, a cosmetic condition caused by overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life. Although it looks bad, there’s no loss of functionality, but the blow it deals to your child’s self-esteem can be devastating. Treatment involves whitening and polishing the teeth or masking the staining — something your child’s dentist can do with ease.
When you think of celebrities, there’s probably many enviable traits you can list off: great abs, amazing hair, killer legs. There’s one characteristic you can easily steal from your favorite Hollywood A-Lister: their smile. While getting a great smile isn’t exactly effortless — after all, treatments like teeth whitening and Invisalign take time and care — it’s a lot less work than hitting the gym for eight hours a day in pursuit of a celebrity body that’s been photoshopped to the moon and back.
While Hollywood performers are in the business of looking good, there are some winning grins that stand heads above the rest. Here are five of the best smiles in Hollywood that you can emulate with a little help from your dentist.
The push toward natural care and hygiene products isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Wanting to be an informed patient and consumer is fabulous: it means you’re proactive about your health and want to know what’s going on. Too much of a good thing, however, can be problematic. Not everything “all natural” is good for you — poison ivy, after all, is all natural, organic and grows freely but it’s definitely not going to make a list of top home remedies.
Some natural teeth whitening options are harmless but ineffective, some provide a temporary quick fix and others are downright harmful to your mouth, your teeth and your smile. Since tooth damage is costly — both financially and time-wise — to fix, here’s five things to consider before trying the new “all natural” tooth whitening quick-fix of the hour.
Sensitive teeth and gums make dental care a chore rather than a much-needed chance for self-care. When your pearly whites are looking less than bright, it’s time for you to get into the office for a teeth whitening procedure. The old adage of “beauty is pain” shouldn’t apply to keeping your smile in tip-top shape; however, those with sensitive teeth may view pain as an essential part of dentistry. Teeth whitening doesn’t need to hurt, though. Painless dentistry can make the treatment not just tolerable, but manageable.
This season’s holiday parties were a great chance to mingle with close friends and acquaintances from your various social circles, but all that red wine and rich food has taken a toll on your teeth. If they could tell a story, it would be a sad one filled with neglect and abuse. This doesn’t have to be the case, though. Your cosmetic cleaning can sparkle and shine through a whole host of events, if you know how to protect it.
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about tooth color and oral health.
Sure, sometimes specific colors can point to really specific problems, but just because your teeth aren’t gleamingly Hollywood white doesn’t mean you’ve necessarily got a problem. Whitening is largely a cosmetic procedure, and one of the most common performed in our office.
This article from the BBC goes into more detail about tooth color and what it might tell you about your oral health.
Read the original article here: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171208-why-having-white-teeth-doesnt-mean-they-are-healthy