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Quick Tips that Get Whiter Teeth for the Holidays

people having fun at holiday partyIf whiter teeth are on your holiday wish list, these tips are for you. These quick whitening tips make your teeth white and bright in time for holiday festivities—without a lot of time spent on teeth whitening and the negative side effects of unsafe tooth whiteners (which can definitely dampen the holiday spirit).

Stay away from foods and drinks that stain.

Many of the foods and drinks at our holiday festivities, such as hot cocoa, tea, berry pies, and soda, can yellow teeth. Even a daily coffee can yellow and stain teeth. During the holiday season, steer clear of the dishes and beverages that sabotage teeth whitening. When you do indulge, drink water right after and brush your teeth as soon as possible.

Take tobacco out of your holiday routine.

Smoking chewing tobacco are both at the top of the list when it comes to teeth staining. When tobacco comes in contact with oxygen, it ceases to be colorless and yellows teeth. The tar in tobacco can also leave dark stains that can be difficult to remove. For whiter teeth, try to minimize tobacco use or give yourself the gift of quitting (use these tips to quit tobacco use). There are also other benefits of quitting tobacco use (besides whiter teeth) such as lessening the risk for certain cancers and decreased amounts of coughing and shortening of breath.

(Carefully) select a teeth whitening product.

There are quite a few teeth whiteners on the open market, and many of them come with a note of caution. Some teeth whitening products can injure, damage teeth, or cause tooth sensitivity; even natural teeth whiteners with acidic ingredients can wear down tooth enamel. Be aware, also, that tooth whiteners may not completely whiten injured teeth or dental work like fillings, crowns, and caps.

Instead, talk to your dentist about safe tooth whitening products. Your dentist can make sure you use a properly-fitted, safe, and effective teeth whitener. To ensure that the teeth are healthy before whitening, make an appointment to get teeth examined and cleaned. At the dentist appointment, the dentist can diagnose and treat cavities and tooth decay which should be addressed before whitening.

Make oral hygiene a top priority.

Regular brushing and flossing keep teeth healthy and white. Brush at least twice a day and floss before or after brushing teeth. Select a whitening toothpaste with an American Dental Association seal of approval; this ensures that product is effective and reputable.

Your Teeth Whitening Questions Answered

Beautiful girl is showing her white teeth after teeth whiteningWhiter teeth is one of the hottest web (and pharmacy!) searches, but clicking on one of those articles can be a decision fraught with serious consequences for your teeth IF you don’t do it safely. Here’s the answer on how to whiten your teeth safely, as well as the answers to any of your other questions about teeth whitening.

Are teeth whitening products permanent?

Teeth whitening is not permanent. Teeth whitening temporarily removes stains, which is why you should look for a product that maintains the whitening. It is important to note that fillings, crowns, and other dental work does not whiten.

What teeth whitening products are safe?

There are two ways to make sure that you are using a safe teeth whitening product, and both involve relying on the pros. If you are searching for an over-the-counter product (hopefully after scheduling a thorough exam with your dentist and getting their approval), look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. For a one-stop shop alternative, schedule an exam at your dentist’s office and discuss your options with your dentist. Your dentist may have a safe teeth whitening product you can purchase on-site (and use with their approval and under their care safely).

What are the negative side effects of teeth whitening?

At home remedies and over-the-counter teeth whitening products may seem like a good idea, but there is a buyer beware clause. Teeth whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity, penetrate tooth decay, and unevenly whiten.

Why should I contact a dentist before teeth whitening?

There are several reasons to schedule a dentist appointment before you start whitening your teeth. If you have any cavities, the cavities should be treated before tooth whitening. Your dentist can recommend a safe teeth whitening product that won’t damage your teeth and is ideal for your specific teeth.

How does teeth whitening work?

How your teeth whitening product works depends on what you use; make sure you look for the ADA seal of approval on the product.

We can tell you how the whitening trays we recommend work; after a full dentist exam, you receive custom-made whitening trays for upper and lower teeth and a two-week supply of whitening gel. At your next exam, you receive two tubes of touch-up whitening gel that maintains your white teeth. Have any other questions? Ask us.