Southern culture is known for many things—good food, sweet tea, hospitality, seersucker, and the accent. But perhaps the most basic and most essential parts of Southern culture are the smiles that light up the faces of its people. Without a friendly Southern smile, the other things lose their sweetness. Take Charleston, SC, for instance, where we are known for our rich history and Southern charm. But those things are intimately linked to the friendliness of our people—people who are known for their smiles.
A good smile is extremely important here in Charleston—and everywhere, for that matter. Smiles communicate friendliness and welcome. They put people at ease. Smiles leave a positive impression on others, and can have a calming affect on you and the people around you. Any employee that works face-to-face with customers or clients knows the important disarming effect of a smile. Did you know that smiling also reduces stress? People want to talk and be closer to someone who smiles.
If your teeth are dingy, stained, and showing signs of decay, it can greatly diminish the positive impact of your smile. With so many things threatening the health and beauty of smiles, whitening has become a quick, easy way to restore the teeth’s radiance.
So why do teeth change color? There are a variety of reasons. One cause is tartar—bacteria in your mouth that mixes with proteins and food residue and coats your teeth and gums. Your age and genetics can have an affect on the color of your teeth. Certain antibiotics can also stain your teeth. And then there are the typical dark foods and drinks that affect tooth color—wine, soft drinks, tea, beets, soy sauce, kale, berries, food dyes, tobacco products and smoking, tomato sauces, etc. There are also three things that wear away the enamel of your teeth and make them easier to stain: chromogens (compounds with strong pigments), tannins (plant-based compounds), and acids (make enamel softer, rougher, and easier to stain).
Now if you’re wondering, should I whiten my teeth?, here are some great reasons to consider teeth whitening here in Charleston, SC.
- It lifts your mood and self-confidence.
- It helps you leave a great first-impression.
- It aids in achieving a younger-looking appearance.
- It positively reflects how friendly you really are.
There are also some things you will need to keep in mind to maintain your results. Continue to visit your Charleston dentist regularly to help monitor any new staining. Try drinking with a straw so that you can minimize the contact with your teeth—especially with darker pigmented and sugary drinks. Rinse your mouth after you eat or drink (especially if a toothbrush is not readily accessible), so that you can remove residue that could remain behind and cause problems with your enamel. And of course, brush right away, when possible. Carry a travel set in your purse or travel bag, or keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your desk at work. Southern foods—especially like here in Charleston, SC—are rich and wonderful, but can also pack quite a negative punch when it comes to the glow of your teeth.
If you would like to talk more about the process we use and how it might help you, please let us know. Teeth whitening in Charleston can be a relaxed and easy process, and takes as little as 20 minutes. Achieving a beautiful smile that reflects your personality is more attainable than ever.
Get a brighter smile by using our easy online appointment request, and let us know that you are interested in teeth whitening.