Whitening treatments do not have to produce ‘brilliant’ results.
There is sometimes a misunderstanding about teeth whitening procedures whereby it’s assumed that the treatment can only produce the brilliantly white smiles that are so familiar with most celebrities. For this reason, it is sometimes described as a Hollywood smile. Whilst this level of whiteness can be achieved by using a teeth whitening procedure, the levels of whiteness can, and should, be determined by the patient’s individual preferences.
Recent surveys have shown that, in the UK, people value a natural smile above all other types (1) – not necessarily the ultra-white versions we often see on TV. This is perhaps not surprising as the UK is probably more reserved, on the whole, than the USA, where people are all too happy to flash their dazzling white teeth.
This does not mean that people want to see a natural smile where the teeth are discoloured though. Whiter teeth are often seen as a sign that the person takes care of themselves and is confident and friendly. Straight teeth too are considered very desirable and this can be achieved through the use of orthodontics such as Invisalign or Damon Braces. By combining straighter teeth with whiter teeth, a natural but more attractive smile can be attained.
Both whiter and even teeth can help to give the patient more than simply a visual boost. Many of our Clapham Junction and Battersea patients have reported that they noticed an increase in self confidence following their cosmetic dental procedures and this can offer significant benefits in some situations, for example when attending job interviews.
It seems that people tend to warm to and trust someone who has a pleasant smile and may feel the opposite towards those whose teeth look to be in some disarray. Whilst this is almost certainly unrelated to how good a person will be at their job, we all know that those first impressions tend to count.
A happy medium
The British have had a reputation for unattractive teeth for too long now; something which is completely unnecessary with the current ease of access to cosmetic dental treatments. Perhaps the term ‘Hollywood Smile’ should be replaced by a ‘British Smile’ that, rather than dazzle people with ultra white teeth, aims to achieve a brighter but natural looking set of teeth.
If you feel that your teeth are currently looking a little dull, why not discuss with us how you would like them to look? We will be pleased to discuss a teeth whitening treatment plan with you at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction. Please telephone us on 020 7801 9060.