For most people, the holiday season is a busy one filled with celebrations and gatherings with family and friends. If you’d like to look your best for these get-togethers, nothing will improve your appearance more than whiter teeth! Fortunately, if you start now you can enjoy a brighter, more beautiful smile just in time for the holiday season. In fact, we can sum up our recommendation for how to get whiter teeth in just two words: professional whitening.
Why Professional Whitening Is Better Than OTC Products
With all the over-the-counter whitening products available in drug stores, online sites, and grocery stores, you may be tempted to try one of these yourself. But the truth is that these whitening products never work as well as professional whitening services provided by your dentist. There are two reasons why this is true: 1) Professional whitening solutions are much stronger than OTC products, and; 2) your dentist applies that stronger solution in a tray, which exposes all your teeth to the bleaching agent rather than just a few teeth in the front of your mouth.
Because professional whitening products are stronger, it means that you can enjoy a significantly whiter smile after just a single trip to the dentist’s office. With OTC products, on the other hand, you’ll need to apply them day after day for many days in a row before seeing any difference. And the results won’t be nearly as obvious or dramatic as a single professional whitening application from your dentist.
Maintaining Your Whiter Smile
Once you’ve had your teeth whitened by your dentist, you’ll want to do whatever you can to maintain that brighter smile through the holidays. Here are a few tips that will help:
- Avoid foods and drinks that stain your teeth. Some of the worst culprits are tea, coffee, and berries. While you may not be able to avoid these altogether, it will help if you rinse your mouth out with water after indulging.
- Quit tobacco products. Not only does tobacco stain your teeth, it also increases your risk for developing several types of cancer (including oral cancer), and leaves you with nasty-smelling breath. Want to give a great gift to yourself and the people you love this holiday season? Quit using tobacco products!
- Maintain your oral hygiene routine. This time of year is busy for almost everyone. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your regular brushing and flossing. In fact, it’s more important now – when you’re more likely to eat and drink sugary foods – than at other times of the year. And, of course, always visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and exams.
Want to enjoy a whiter smile during the holiday season? Call your dentist today and schedule an appointment to have your teeth professionally whitened!