Dear Doctor Magazine - Issue 4 - (Page 48)
cosmeTIc & resToraTIVe denTIsTry Whitening Brighter, lighter, whiter by Bill Dorfman, DDS The subconscious impact of a white smile - radiant health, happiness, warmth and invitation are part of the human condition. Beyond personal and social perceptions a contagious smile makes you feel and be perceived as a winner. This phenomenon has been reinforced with the spread of American culture worldwide, where an especially white smile has even been coined a “Hollywood smile”. Social acceptance has created an ever increasing public demand for whiter teeth, considered to be one of the keys to an attractive smile. Where does this perception come from? White teeth are subconsciously associated with youth and virility and are more desirable. Today whiter, brighter, straighter, lighter teeth have become a norm. Moreover dentists have had to create a special shade of “whiter than white” which even in the profession is known as “Hollywood white”. teeth WhiteninG to the ReScue A child’s deciduous (baby) teeth are generally whiter than the adult teeth that follow. With age adult teeth often become darker. Discolored teeth cause aesthetic impairment and psychological trauma. Attempts to whiten teeth as a result of tooth discoloration are myriad and date back centuries. Anything and everything from chewing gum to sophisticated dental restorative treatment has been and is being utilized. Tooth whitening by bleaching is a successful, conservative, relatively inexpensive and safe alternative with few side effects, which for the most part are readily controllable. 48 Dear Doc tor w w w. D e a r D o c to r . c o m
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