Succeeding in business is based on a lot of different factors: work experience, connections, skills, you name it. These are all very important if we want to make our business stand out from all of the others.
But did you also know that your teeth can actually make a big difference to how much business you get?
First Impressions Matter
If you’re going to sell your house, and you need help from a real estate agent, would you rather hire one with yellow teeth, or one with white and shiny teeth? I get that this is a weird question, but it puts things into perspective: Considering that all else is equal – their work experience, connections, and skills – which would you rather have, someone with yellow teeth or white teeth?
First impressions matter, especially when you want to do business. “But some people seem to just have naturally white teeth, and I’m not one of them!” you might say. And I agree: The color of our teeth varies from person to person.
Some have chalk-white teeth while others have yellow. Having made the point that the whiteness of your teeth can actually impact your business, I will now explain some of the reasons why some people’s teeth are whiter than others – like those of your favorite actors who have a real Hollywood smile.
The Role of Enamel and Dentin
Your enamel is usually the most white part of your teeth. Below the enamel lies the dentin, which consists of a stronger color that gives a more pronounced tint of yellow. According to Tannlege Niclas Berggren, an esteemed dentist I interviewed and who practices as Tannlege Hønefoss, it’s first and foremost the color of dentin that is reflected and contributes to your teeth’s color. In other words, if the dentin is yellow, the tooth also looks yellow. Therefore, dentin is one of the major factors that decide the color of your teeth.
Other Factors That Contribute to the Whiteness of Your Teeth
- The color changes with time as microscopical cracks are indented in your teeth, and color substances seep into them – much like wooden building materials change their hue over time
- Your gums may for various reasons retreat, making the roots of your teeth visible. Since the surface of these roots consist of dentin, your teeth might seem more yellow along the edge of your gums
- Energy drinks (You can read another article I wrote on this number one enemy of healthy teeth here.)
- Naturally, how well you brush your teeth will also have an impact on their color. Brushing your teeth will to a certain extent make them whiter, but be careful not to be too rough, as this can hurt your enamel.