Everyone wants to look younger, but since we haven’t found the key to eternal youth yet, we are left with different methods to prevent or reverse signs of aging. From makeup and skincare to Botox, plastic surgery, and more, these methods have different levels of efficacy.
But what about the smile? Oral B recently conducted a study in which participants were shown two photos of a model. In one photo, the model had white teeth, and in the other, her teeth were yellow. Participants were then asked to estimate her age in each photo. On average, participants thought the woman was 13 years older with yellow teeth.
Other studies show that a bright smile can do much more than make you look younger. According to Dr. Dacher Keltner, a Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, the smile is visible from 200 feet– and the focus of what other people see. Because of this, people believe that those with whiter smiles are more successful in life. Further, white teeth are also a sign of good health and vitality.
There are several steps you can take if you’re concerned about your smile. First, regular brushing and flossing are imperative. Brush and floss at least twice a day and add in a brushing session after eating or drinking staining foods, like coffee or red wine, if you can.
You should also visit your dentist every six months. Teeth age just like the rest of the body. Tooth enamel thins over the years, which allows stains and yellowing to set in. It can also lead to serious dental conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
You can also whiten your smile for a more youthful appearance with teeth whitening treatments. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offer both in-home and in-office whitening treatments in Rocky Point. Both treatments use a special gel formula made with hydrogen peroxide to break down stains and reveal whiter more youthful-looking teeth.
Schedule a one-on-one consultation with our Rocky Point dentists today to learn more about your whitening options.
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