Having a white smile is no longer negotiable. It is a global trend. It is so popular among Hollywood celebrities that it is often referred to as the ‘Hollywood smile’. It is the same type of smile you find on Hollywood celebrities when they are on red carpets and movie sets.
Previously, the cost of getting a white smile was so expensive that people didn’t feel it was necessary. But today, things have changed, and getting the white smile is as easy as pie and still affordable.
Recent studies show that 18-52% of people are dissatisfied with the colour of their teeth. Today, the price of cosmetic dentistry, like tooth whitening and adult orthodontics has become far more affordable and accessible. More and more people are searching for ways to improve their smile.
Also, the study shows that getting a white smile wasn’t a trend just a few years ago. Teeth are not naturally meant to be completely white but many Canadians want a brighter smile and this has led to the availability of a wide range of products.
According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), dentists have long performed “non-vital” bleaching for many years, which is a procedure to lighten a darkened, damaged non-living tooth, on which a root canal has been performed.
Tides are changing, and “vital” bleaching has become the new deal. Vital bleaching is done to improve the appearance of healthy teeth.
According to a 2011 survey, dentists expected the number of patients seeking teeth whitening to increase. The reason for this sudden increase can be traced to the increased availability of quality whitening systems of varying strength and cost, which makes whitening more affordable for patients.
Not to forget, the media is also a contributing factor to this increase in getting a white smile, since they influence both the young and older age groups.
According to a 2019 research carried out in Canada:
- Canada ranks above the United States in this area of its healthcare provisions. Some studies and reports show that Canadians are among those with the whitest and straightest teeth in the world.
- Globally, the teeth whitening market is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate of over 4% (Arizton, 2019.)
- About 9% have had it in the last year alone.
- In the past year, most Canadians have seen a dental professional (74.7%), however, 22.4% avoided going at least once because of the cost.
Keeping a white smile healthy
Is a white smile a healthy smile? If done the right way, YES. If done wrongly, NO. If you must, get a white smile the right way, ensure you consult a dentist. Indeed, having a white smile is directly linked to self-esteem, which explains why almost every Hollywood celebrity ensures they display it on the red carpet.
Getting a white smile the wrong way means using DIY methods. DIY methods might get you a white smile, but it doesn’t guarantee a healthy smile.
How to maintain good oral health
Below are some steps to maintain good oral health:
- Brush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. The best practice is that it should be the last thing at night and any other time of the day.
- Use interdental brush or floss to clean the teeth daily.
- Daily use of mouthwash.
- Stick to sugar-free gums and chew them in between meals.
- Reduce the quantity of sugar you consume. Also, reduce the consistency of consuming sugar.
- Regular visits to the dentist.
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