Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so white, healthy teeth are a very desirable trait. Some people naturally have a bright, white smile, but others choose to whiten their teeth professionally or with over-the-counter products.
Smoking, medications, and certain foods and drinks can cause stains and discoloration. Some people may also just have naturally yellow teeth. Everyone should be confident in their smile no matter what their teeth look like, but there are some advantages to having your teeth whitened. Here are five perks of a whiter smile:
White, healthy teeth look great and should make you feel confident in your smile and in your overall appearance. You should never be afraid to show your teeth when smiling or laughing.
This confidence boost can have a major impact on your life. When you feel better about how you look, you feel better about yourself overall. You’ll be less focused on your perceived flaws and more focused on enjoying life. You may suddenly find yourself with the confidence to go outside of your comfort zone, make new friendships, or look for better career opportunities. While a white smile on its own won’t make these changes, the confidence it brings can certainly help you live a better life.
When you’re confident about your teeth, you’ll smile more often. Genuine smiling can cause your body to release endorphins, which are hormones that improve your mood and relieve stress and pain. This can make you an overall happier and more optimistic person, especially when combined with the self-esteem boost that teeth whitening usually brings.
Good First Impressions
Your confidence from your white smile will help you make good first impressions, but your smile itself may help, too. The vast majority of adults believe that a good smile makes you attractive and is an important social. Most people also see whiter teeth as a sign that the person is healthier overall.
Even though most people don’t try to be judgmental, it’s human nature to make judgments based on first impressions. If you have a clean, white smile that you’re not afraid to show off, people will notice and will think highly of you.
This can help you in social or work situations. If you have white teeth, more strangers may strike up conversations with you, or your coworkers may notice you more. During a job interview or a first date, you may make a better impression simply because of your smile.
Better Oral Hygiene
When you’re happy with your smile, you’re more likely to take better care of your teeth. You won’t want any stains or cavities to damage the smile that makes you feel so confident. Therefore, you’ll be more motivated to brush and floss daily, avoid foods or drinks that cause stains, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings.
Oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay are painful and expensive to take care of. Having whiter teeth can help you avoid these issues. Taking care of your teeth will also help them stay white, which will continue to motivate you to practice good oral hygiene.
White teeth make you look healthier, which is associated with youth. Yellow or discolored teeth, on the other hand, are often perceived as a sign of old age. Whiter teeth can make you look five or 10 years younger even with no other changes to your appearance.
In one study, participants were shown two pictures of the same model and were asked to guess her age. In one picture, the model had yellow teeth, and in the other, she had white teeth. On average, the participants guessed that she was 13 years older with yellow teeth than with white teeth. Other studies have found that people appear younger when they smile than when they frown or have a neutral facial expression. If your whitened teeth make you smile more, you may look years younger.
A white smile can also minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Bright white teeth will draw people’s eyes right toward your mouth, so any wrinkles you have around your eyes or forehead will be much less noticeable. Having your teeth whitened may be even more effective than getting Botox or a facelift to look younger.
Dr. Lazare received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. He has years of experience in private practice and as a clinical educator. At his practice, he provides teeth whitening and a wide variety of other dental services. He founded the Lazare Institute for Biomimetics and Smile Design, which hosts lectures about Biomimetic Dentistry.