Should I Whiten My Teeth at Home?
By Caitlin Boyle
Should I whiten my teeth at home? Everyone else may have been admiring (or disparaging!) the gowns worn by celebs to the Oscars, but I couldn’t help staring at everyone’s teeth! There were so many bright, white and healthy smiles. But it’s too bad all of the celebrities’ smiles are equally blinding, because having whiter teeth can actually help you win!
A 2007 study found, job applicants with freshly whitened teeth were viewed by human resource personnel as more attractive, professional and confident. Applicants with dazzling pearly whites also received longer interviews and larger salary offers — proving that a brighter smile can help open doors.
Are you ready for your close-up? Or would your smile look more inviting if it was whiter?
Do Teeth Whitening Products Really Work?
Yes! Whitening strips, toothpaste and mouthwash use advanced chemical processes to remove stains and prevent the formation of new stains. Your toothbrush and floss are important whitening tools too.
There are two types of unsightly tooth stains: extrinsic stains and intrinsic stains. The outside of your teeth are covered with a film called the pellicle; certain foods, tobacco products and some beverages can result in brown or yellow stains on the pellicle. These stains can be removed through dental cleanings and chemical treatments from whitening products.