What White Teeth Say
Just as a peacock spreads its tail feathers to attract the attention of peahens, we humans part our lips and show our teeth when we are most happy, confident and want to connect with other people.
In a survey of over 5,000 singles, done for Match.com, 71% of women and 58% of men said that they judge potential partners on the condition of their teeth, even above the condition of their hair, clothing or shoes.
Having nice, clean teeth are a sign of:
- Good hygiene
- Good health
- Good self-care
- The ability and desire to access dental care
Why Teeth are 50 Shades of White
Our baby teeth are milky white and bright because the enamel on baby teeth is not transparent, as it is on our permanent teeth.
As we get older, the enamel becomes more transparent and the underlying dentin, which makes up most of the tooth’s structure, shows through the enamel. Dentin is yellowish, so what we see as we age, is the dentin showing through the enamel.
The color of your teeth is effected by many factors:
- Genetics – you can inherit thick enamel or naturally bright teeth from your parents.
- Food and Drink – Coffee, tea and some foods can stain your teeth.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Medications – some medications, like Benadryl, can cause teeth to discolor. Antibiotics, like tetracycline, can discolor the teeth of children. Drugs used in chemotherapy can also cause discoloration.
- Trauma – trauma most often causes discoloration in young children whose teeth are still developing, but trauma can cause discoloration in adult teeth as well.
Getting the Whitest White
Keeping your teeth clean, bright and the whitest they can be takes daily care.
- Brush teeth at least twice a day
- Floss every day
- Rinse mouth with water after drinking coffee, wine or other liquids that stain teeth
- Drink beverages that stain through a straw, when possible
- Get regular dental checkups and cleanings
Whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter products can remove some stains on the teeth and lighten then temporarily, but professional whitening is much more effective.
Porcelain Veneers are a long-lasting option that not only whiten teeth, but can be used to cover damaged or discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers are cared for in much the same way that you care for your regular teeth.
It takes artistry and experience to get the perfect look with porcelain veneers. Dr. Stone has had years of experience applying porcelain veneers and Our Onsite Laboratory makes the process as quick and easy as possible.
What singles want: Survey looks at attractions, turnoffs USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/04/singles-dating-attraction-facebook/1878265/
Eye-trackers help scientists study how peacock tails lure peahens http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/eye-trackers-help-scientists-study-how-peacock-tails-lure-peahens/2013/08/12/a01f7b54-f622-11e2-9434-60440856fadf_story.html
How Do I know What Shade My Teeth Are? http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Cosmetic-Dentistry/Tooth-Whitening/Tooth-Whitening-Treatment/article/How-Do-I-Know-what-Shade-My-Teeth-are.cvsp
Porcelain Veneers http://www.aacd.com/veneers
7 Worst Foods For Tooth Enamel Loss http://www.sharecare.com/health/dental-oral-health-teeth/article/7-worst-foods-for-tooth-enamel-1