Brighten Your Fall Smile

Teeth_WhiteningThe “hot season” in Phoenix is finally winding down, and because we live in the low desert, that also means that the winter holidays will be here before you know it!

Although October may seem a little early to plan your holiday teeth whitening treatments, there are a number of good reasons to start making preparations today and start whitening your teeth right now.

Reasons to start your holiday teeth whitening regimen NOW!

  1. Appointments for in-office teeth whitening fill up very quickly. The last two months of the year are very busy for most dental practices, who often have clients trying to use their dental benefit dollars before the calendar year ends.
  2. It’s still early enough to have your dentist advise you on a take-home regimen. Even if you opt to do all your whitening at home, your dentist can provide valuable insights on the best ways to do it, given your dental history and your whitening goals.
  3. Take-home and over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products take time to work. Unlike in-office whitening, which usually only takes one or two 60-minute sessions to show results, at-home methods can take two to six weeks of daily application to provide similar shade improvements. If you start now, you’ll have the bulk of your teeth whitening activity taken care of by Thanksgiving.
  4. There is still time to reinforce good eating and drinking habits. What and how you eat and drink impact how bright your smile is. Eating several servings of firm-crunchy fruits and vegetables a day can improve saliva flow, which keeps staining foods off of your teeth. Drinking tea, coffee, wine and other stain-inducing beverages through a straw helps reduce teeth staining, too.
  5. You won’t have to worry about how you look at holiday functions over the next two months. If you’ve already taken steps to whiten your teeth, you can feel less inhibited and more confident at parties and other festive gatherings. You also won’t be afraid to smile in front of all those digital cameras, and to have your smiling face show up in photos posted to social media.

“Teeth whitening is a splendid holiday gift that you can give yourself,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “If you give it to yourself a little early this year, you won’t have to worry about your smile when holiday activities are in full swing.”

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