The Surprising Reasons People Get Teeth Whitening Done Blog

25 January 2017

If you have ever thought about having your teeth whitened, you are one of millions who have considered the idea this year alone. Teeth whitening is the number one requested cosmetic service in the dentistry world, and its popularity will continue to grow, so long as society loves to see white, beautiful smiles. Although teeth are not naturally bright white, no one enjoys seeing yellow teeth reflected back at them in the mirror. There are many common reasons behind this decision, but some of those reasons may surprise you.


Soda, coffee, wine, and tobacco smoke are just a few of the many things that can cause teeth to stain over time, making teeth whitening something to consider. This is often the reason people think about having this procedure done, and the results are immediate. After approximately an hour in the dentist’s chair, your teeth will be whitened by up to eight shades, meaning your smile will be dramatically brighter than before your appointment.

Stop Smoking

Humans are visual creatures, and having teeth whitening done may be one way to help you quit smoking for good. Whenever you have a habit of smoking or chewing tobacco, it can be hard to handle the withdrawal symptoms without incentive. Whitening your teeth should help you, by giving you something to maintain. After all, you put good money into the procedure and received beautiful results, and smoking or chewing tobacco will only ruin your efforts. For this reason, some smokers choose to whiten their teeth to help them break their habit with fewer difficulties.

Special Occasions

Weddings, business meetings, and important interviews are some reasons people choose to whiten their teeth. When you are about to have your big day, you want to ensure you stand out for the right reasons. Your beautiful white dress will only make yellow teeth look yellower, but whitened teeth will shine gorgeously and set you apart from everyone else at the party. Studies have found that people perceive others with white teeth to be more successful, attractive, and approachable.

Thus, whitening your teeth before you go into a business meeting, or interview, may make the difference between success and being overlooked. In many cases, convincing another company to merge, or getting the job, boils down to your first impression, and white teeth will help you make the best impression possible.

Some people choose to whiten their teeth simply to feel their best, and the confidence boost is immediate. Whatever you want to do for your smile, whitening is a cost-effective way to make a big statement, and you deserve the chance to smile brightly, without hesitation.

Covid-19 and your care

We have now received clear guidance as to what dental procedures we can safely carry out and at what stages during the pandemic.

Below is a summary of the guidance as we understand it, although this may modify over the next few days as some small inconsistencies are clarified.

The government has set five different risk levels for the pandemic 1-5 (low to high), although this changes on a daily basis.

The treatments that we can carry out safely in dental practice will change with the risk level.

Treatments are significantly limited at level 4.

During the next few weeks, we will attempt to contact each patient that has contacted us with a significant dental problem during lockdown, and we hope to book an assessment appointment for those patients in the week commencing 8th June.

Practice doors will be locked at level 3, 4 and 5. Entry to the practice will be limited to pre-booked appointments.

There will be very clear criteria provided in due course as what is required before arriving at the practice, and what the procedure will be upon arrival. We will endeavour to ensure that each person knows exactly what to expect at their visit as this will be quite different to what you have been used to.

The appointment diary will be structured to take into consideration those patients who are shielding, may have underlying medical issues and so on.

The first week is expected to be a slow start as we ensure that the new protocols are working effectively for everyone’s safety. These protocols will be audited and modified until required.

At level 4 we should be able to carry out the following:

Dental assessment (initially restricted to patients who have current urgent need, or did and contacted us during lockdown).

X rays but only for patients who tolerate them well.

TEMPORARY re cementation of crowns. (We cannot dry the tooth effectively enough to cement a crown permanently with the restrictions we face).

Fabrication or repair of removable dentures.

Simple dental extractions. If a tooth breaks, it is probable we will have to leave the roots in place until we are at a lower level of risk. Naturally, we will assess the risk very carefully prior to treatment.

Tightening of loose dental implants if possible, without using a high-speed handpiece (drill).

Temporary fillings.

Draining of a swelling/abscess.

Provision of antibiotics.

Trimming of sharp orthodontic wires (not reliable re cementation of loose brackets, or replacement of missing brackets).

Treatment is only to be offered after careful assessment.

Cosmetic orthodontics

Cheshire Dental Centre provide many of these treatments. We may now be able to progress some of our Quick Straight Teeth cases. We will be in touch with each patient shortly, but please allow us to contact you; we hope that it is understandable that we will be prioritising patients with urgent dental need.

The PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for the above are not too onerous, and we will not look too different to normal. As you are aware, the cross-infection control at Cheshire Dental Centre has always been exemplary and one of our top priorities.

Although we have been organised with the new PPE guidelines well in advance there may be the occasional time where we are awaiting stock. All practices are attempting to source the necessary PPE we need to keep you and us safe, but supplies are scarce and consequently very expensive.