Why Whiten Your Teeth?
According to a national survey from the American Dental Association (ADA) and Crest® and Oral B®, the smile outranked eyes, hair and the body as the most attractive physical feature. But many people keep their smiles to themselves, embarrassed by yellowed or stained teeth.
Many factors can cause your teeth to become discolored:
- Antibiotics – The use of antibiotics during childhood, or exposure to high levels of fluoride or tetracycline can cause dull or discolored teeth.
- Certain foods – Oranges, carrots and other foods can yellow teeth, as can coffee, tea, and foods and drinks with tannins (like red wines).
- Tobacco – Both smoking and chewing can lead to an unsightly smile.
- Genetics – Once again, heredity reigns.
- Age – Teeth usually darken as you get older.
Dental Veneers – Putting Your Best Face Forward
You know those megawatt celebrity smiles that grace the front of magazine covers? If the celeb’s teeth look perfectly sized, wonderfully white, and evenly aligned, they may be veneers. Dental veneers are hot right now, and with good reason. They make stained or discolored teeth look brighter. They hide any imperfections, like broken or cracked teeth. They can make tiny teeth bigger, and align slightly crooked teeth without orthodontics.
Dental veneers are thin sheets of porcelain or a resin composite that are permanently bonded to the teeth, covering the teeth underneath. Porcelain veneers are most popular, as they have the translucent look of real teeth and tend to resist stains better than resin.