I spent most of my childhood and teenage years in a mass of wires and elastics thanks to the latest in orthodontia. I started with a retainer, then braces, a head gear at night (please tell me these things no longer exist), another retainer and then finally, a wire behind my bottom teeth that was removed in my 20’s. I spent a lot of time and my parents spent a lot of money getting my teeth looking perfect. Why? I am sure there are a number of functional reasons but let’s be honest, a great smile is key to a great first impression. A confident smile can be the key to getting that guy or landing that job. There is no question in my mind.
But now has this gone even further? According to many it has. Not only do we need perfectly straight teeth but they have to be perfectly white too. My dentist has been trying to tell me this for years. Companies are developing toothpastes and over the counter products to turn your dingy teeth sparkling white. Crest Whitestrips even did some research to prove that whiter teeth leads to greater success. Check it out: