In Search Of That Brite Smile

Brite smile

We all are searching for that Brite Smile. A gummy smile or one revealing mismatched teeth is simply not acceptable.

While a crooked smile may be charming at times, it seems everyone wants that perfect smile bright, breezy, and glistening white.

While wonderful smiles were not always the vogue, today, bright smiles mean so much more than their appearance would suggest.

Since 1937, when Charles L. Pincus invented veneers to create the whitest of white smiles, the world has never been the same.

The celebrity look is never complete without that Hollywood smile. We all have become enamored with what a celebrity does. Individuals of all ages mimic their fashion, their look and the smiles dental professionals are paid to achieve.

Whether we want a Michael Jackson smile or covet the brilliance of one by Jennifer Garner or Brad Pitt. Even Bruce Willis, Will Smith and Julia Robertson flash brilliant white teeth.

There are no gummy smiles among well-known celebrities. Only bright smiles, engineered dental smiles are permitted. In fact, this is what Americans seem to want and expect.

What Is A Brite Smile?

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 99.7% of all Americans believe a smile is an important social quality. When asked in a survey what they wanted in a smile Americans listed the following characteristics:

  • Straightness
  • Whiteness
  • Cleanliness
  • Sincerity of Smile
  • Few if any missing teeth
  • Sparkle

This is what Americans see as an essential part of “making it” in the world. Whether this is achieved through natural or other means (a dental smile) is not actually important.

What matters is having an acceptable smile. This is a passport to success on all different levels. Fortunately, unlike in previous eras, it is possible for us all to reach for and seize that perfect smile.

Brite Smile Options

Cosmetic dental procedures make it doable for us to cultivate a great smile.

While dentists urge us all to take proper care of our teeth, cosmetic dentists provide us with easy fixes if we want to improve our teeth and/or if something is esthetically or orally wrong.

Options include:

  • Whitening or bleaching – power whitening in-office or at-home solutions
  • Teeth veneers – attaching veneers to teeth can improve the overall look of the teeth
  • Dentures – modern dentures help replace lost and dead teeth with new, bright realistic ones
  • Gum-lifts (gingivectomy) reduce the amount of gums preventing a gummy smile

Among these methods, teeth whitening is a popular selection.

Brightening Your Teeth

While some choose to whiten teeth naturally, many select home-kits to brighten or bleach teeth on their own. Some by-dentists-only methods have acquired a status all their own.

Among them are the systems known as BriteSmile or Zoom Teeth Whitening. These are professional treatments found in certain spas and dental offices. Dentists must have the right qualifications in order to utilize these systems.

The basis for the treatments are the similar to other whitening treatments. It combines the use of a hydrogen peroxide-based gel as an agent with the increased activating power of light.

Like laser teeth whitening, the blending of light and gel creates ideal conditions for a sped-up whitening process. In fact, like many laser light whitening treatments, the result is immediately obvious.

Such treatments take an hour and are costly. But they are capable of making teeth up to nine shades whiter.

Veneers, which can also be costly, accomplish much the same. In general, veneer dentistry results in a permanent fixation of porcelain, resin or ceramic amalgams to the teeth. An exception to this is Snap-On Smile.

A Snap-On Smile requires a dental fitting and original placement. Unlike other forms of veneers, implants or crowns, Snap-On Smile is removable.

In this sense, it resembles dentures. Yet, it requires no adhesive so there is little muss and mess. The device comes with a warranty and will last from between 3 to 5 years.

Brightening Up Our Lives

Whether we choose Brite Smile, Snap-On Smile, cosmetic veneers or other dental procedures, it is possible to have a bright, beautiful dental smile.

The choice is up to us. Talk to a dentist. Do the research and simple "go-for-it." By the way, making sure you have fresh breath is another great way to brighten your life.

Additional Pages You Will Enjoy:

Is Britesmile Teeth Whitening Right for You?

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What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

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