With the holiday season in full swing, it’s easy to get so caught up in the shopping and the gifts, the family and the food, that you neglect your own appearance. All that coffee you’ve been drinking to fuel your Black Friday shopping is now taking its toll on your teeth. Take a look: are they showing evidence of yellowing? Do you have a brown tint to your teeth? You may need whitening to get them back in shape.
Especially if you’ll be attending or hosting several holiday parties this year, you’ll want to look your best in front of family, friends and co-workers. After all, you spent a lot of time on your outfits and jewelry – your smile should match the vibrant attire you’ll be wearing. Nothing brings down your appearance like stained teeth.
Think it’s too late to get them white in time for the festivities? Think again. Here are some things you can start doing now.
Use a Whitening Toothpaste
Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste is a good option in a pinch, although it’s not nearly as effective or quick as whitening trays or strips. However, they can act as a good complement to removing stains and preventing stain buildup.
Avoid Coffee and Soda
We know this is often easier said than done, but all that coffee, tea, soda, juice and wine you’re drinking this season can be harsh on your teeth. Try to cut down, or at least use a straw to lessen contact with your teeth. It’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth out afterward with water.
Eat Veggies and Fruit
Eating healthy vegetables and fruits such as celery, carrots and apples can give you a boost of vitamin C, which can bring on extra saliva production. Saliva is good because it washes away debris from the teeth.
Try an At-Home Whitening Kit
These kits and strips are affordable and can be purchased at any drug store. They have been known to lighten stains, but because of the mild peroxide in them that works to dissolve surface stains, you won’t see the amazing results that you would with professional treatment.
Go to a Professional
If you’ve tried all of the above, or you just don’t have time to go through the routine, consult with your dentist about in-office teeth whitening – the most effective and prompt way to achieve desired results. Professional whitening can brighten your teeth several shades in just one appointment for more immediate results – just in time for all those holiday parties.
Redwood Dental offers in-office teeth whitening that can lighten teeth up to eight shades in just an hour! For fast, effective, long-lasting and quick results, call us today at 800-462-2222.