A great smile is an asset - in your personal life and your career. But what is a "great" smile exactly? Some might say it starts slowly and ends at the eyes. Most people would agree, however, that the whiter the teeth, the nicer the smile. In fact, a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed that the majority of Americans would like whiter teeth. That could explain why the number of teeth whitening treatments rose 300 percent from 1997-2004, according to AACD.
Today, tooth whitening is still one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments around. Obviously, wanting a beautiful smile is a huge motivation. But there are other reasons why whitening teeth tops everyone's "must do" list. Here's three:
#1 - Teeth Whitening Is Affordable
Think about how much you spend on a haircut. Add to that a facial, manicure, pedicure, waxing, or any other beauty treatment you get on a regular basis. Costs could easily add up to hundreds of dollars. On the other hand, a professional laser tooth whitening treatment can cost as low as a few hundred dollars, depending on the dental office. While not exactly cheap, whitening teeth professionally can last for years. Plus, you get the added benefit of having an expert do the job. And with professional teeth whitening, maintenance is minimal, especially if you reduce consumption of coffee, tea, wine and tobacco.
Even if a professional tooth whitening treatment isn't in your budget, you can still have whiter teeth without breaking the bank. At the low end of the price spectrum are whitening toothpastes, which cost about $10 for a single tube. Teeth whitening strips are another cost-effective option at about $20-30, depending on the number of strips. Home whitening kits cost about $30-50 and can be purchased online, at a drug store or in a dental office.
#2 – There’s Something for Everyone
Whitening teeth used to be something only a privileged few could do. But today, there's a solution to fit just about every budget and lifestyle. Making the decision to whiten your teeth might be a no-brainer, but choosing how to do it could be a challenge. Our advice? Know your options. And then see a dentist for a professional opinion.
#3 - Teeth Whitening Works
Millions of people have tried it - because it works! Whether you're on a shoestring budget, always on the go or have a special event coming up, it's never been easier to have whiter teeth. Deciding which whitening teeth solution is right for you is no small deal though. This guide is a great place to start understanding your options. But you'll get the best advice from a dentist.