You probably won’t be surprised to learn that people have sought ways to whiten their teeth since ancient times. Ancient Egyptians used a whitening paste of ground pumice and wine vinegar, while ancient Romans whitened their teeth by rinsing with urine, with its ammonia serving as a bleaching agent. Along with these tried and surprisingly true teeth whitening efforts, the ancients probably experimented with other whitening methodologies that weren’t passed down through history due to their lack of success.
Success in one’s personal and professional life is often driven by confidence, which in turn tends to be influenced by one’s self-esteem. However, confidence-spurring self-esteem can be compromised by one’s self-image, particularly over concerns about their smile. As noted, 17th-century naturalist John Ray said, “Beauty is power; a smile its sword.”
You might be a good candidate for dental bridgework if you are among the estimated 120 million Americans missing at least one tooth. A dental bridge consists of one or more prosthetic teeth fused to a metal frame securely anchored between existing teeth to “bridge” the gap. While dental bridgework serves as a natural-looking cosmetic fix to restore one’s smile, it also provides functional benefits by maintaining existing teeth positioning and strengthening the overall bite, underlying gum tissue, and jawbone.