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Long gone are the days when a dull, stained or not-so-bright smile was just something you were stuck with. Teeth whitening is an easy cosmetic fix that can transform your smile and brighten your entire face. Whether you choose an in-office procedure or an at-home whitening system, your dentist can help you to improve the way your teeth look.

While teeth whitening is not medically necessary, it is important when it comes to first impressions. Forty-eight percent of people think that a person’s most memorable feature (for a first meeting) is a smile, according to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Along with making a dazzling first impression in general, why do plenty of dental patients choose to whiten their teeth? Take a look at the most common reasons for picking this procedure. If you’re on the fence and can’t decide whether to whiten or not whiten, learning about these benefits may help you to make a decision.

Eating and Drinking Issues

Foods and beverages with chromogens (strong pigments), tannins (these make it possible for stains to stick) and acids (these erode enamel) can lead to discoloration. If you often eat dark foods, such as blueberries or cranberries, or drink their juices, you may be at risk for stains. The same goes for drinking coffee, tea or red wine.

Even though these and other stain-causing foods and beverages are known destroyers of the bright white smile, you might not want to give them up. That’s completely understandable. Just because your morning coffee or tea is dulling your teeth doesn’t mean you should ditch your favorite drink. Whitening can take those food and beverage stains and make them less noticeable.

However, keep in mind that whiteners won’t always completely remove all stains, and they don’t last forever. But with regular whitening, you can keep your favorite foods and drinks without having to give up your smile.

Self-Confidence Booster

What’s on the inside matters most when it comes to who you are. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little boost from a cosmetic helper. No one is saying that you should get a major procedure to change your looks. If you’re sensitive about your smile because of stains and discoloration, whitening is a simple way to up your self-esteem.

Knowing that people are looking at you — and not your stained teeth — makes it easier to smile. A bright smile brightens your entire appearance, and not just because your teeth are whiter. The confidence you’ll feel will show on your face too.

Special Events

Aside from food- and drink-related staining and the desire to increase your self-confidence, sometimes teeth whitening can help you out with a less major issue. A wedding, a graduation or even a special date are all reasons why some patients choose to whiten their teeth.

You get your hair done, dress in your best outfit and buy new shoes for your special event. So why stop there? Don’t forget about your teeth too. Think of whitening as fancy dress for your teeth. And it doesn’t hurt that the fabulous effects will stick around for months after the event ends. That means you’ll be ready for your next show-stopping appearance.

Are you looking for a professional-level whitening? Call the office of Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA to learn more about your options. Zoom! Whitening is an in-office procedure that uses an LED light to accelerate the process and give you a brighter smile in less time. If you want an at-home whitener, we’ll create custom-made bleaching trays and provide you with a gel bleach that our dentist prescribes.