Undergoing a professional teeth whitening treatment can help restore a youthful, healthy appearance to a person’s smile. Unfortunately, some people who use store bought kits take teeth whitening too far, and the result is an unnaturally bright smile. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a whiter smile, but it’s important that people don’t overdo a good thing and possibly cause damage to their teeth.
Achieving a healthy, natural-looking smile
It’s common for a cosmetic dentist to have to remove previous cosmetic treatments such as veneers, bonding or crowns because they have an unnatural appearance. The reason for their unnatural appearance is usually because the dentist who places them didn’t take advantage of today’s innovative technology, materials, and techniques and the results were smile enhancements that appeared fake. All patients desire a natural look to their cosmetic enhancements, and it’s easy to achieve with a professional, experienced cosmetic dentist.
Avoiding unnatural looking teeth whitening
Going too far with at-home teeth whitening or “bleaching” doesn’t give people the youthful, healthy smile they desire, as overly white teeth appear unnatural. A properly done in-office teeth whitening removes stains from teeth and lightens the color of teeth to brighten the face and give a youthful glow. For someone thinking about a teeth-whitening treatment, the following elements require consideration:
- Age – The appearance of a natural white smile varies with age so what’s natural for a 30-year-old isn’t the same as for a 60-year-old. With normal aging, teeth become duller and discolored and bleaching too light for a person’s age comes off as fake.
- Current shade of teeth – Whitening teeth to the point where they’re as white as they can go should never be the goal of a treatment because it won’t look better, it will look unnatural. Opting for a professional in-office teeth whitening ensures that the dentist brightens teeth to a shade that’s appropriate for the patient.
- Natural complexion – A patient’s teeth and their natural complexion should share similar undertones to achieve a natural look. An experienced cosmetic dentist knows exactly how to whiten teeth to match a person’s skin tone.
Maintaining a brightened smile
To keep a newly brightened smile looking lustrous and healthy longer, patients should avoid drinking colored beverages that can stain or, at least, rinse after consuming them. Another way to avoid drink stains on teeth is to drink through a straw when appropriate. When a patient has their teeth brightened to a degree that complements them and flatters them naturally, they’re eager to share their smile with the world.