When you’re looking forward to the upcoming holidays, you may be thinking about how to look your best. This year, allow yourself to take the steps and make a plan to feel confident that your smile is its brightest and whitest.
The way to begin is simply by making an appointment for a consultation with the dentist and a professional cleaning to get not only your cleanest, brightest smile, but also for your freshest breath. This will allow you to see if additional whitening is needed.
You may simply need to use an over-the-counter treatment or you may want the dentist to whiten them. Although tooth whitening is very safe, if you have any tooth pain or sensitivity, you’ll want to ask the dentist about the best solutions for you.
If you have minor discoloration, you may just need to use a whitening toothpaste after your professional cleaning or the dentist may suggest an over-the-counter whitening kit like strips. Although these products are not as effective as a professional treatment, they may be a cost saving alternative. If you and your dentist choose a professional whitening treatment, teeth may be whitened in the office or at home.
Afterward, make sure to maintain your bright smile by avoiding food and drinks that can stain the teeth. While it’s unnecessary to refrain from eating and drinking these items, drinking water along with them can reduce the risk for staining. Additionally, drinking through a straw can help to reduce their contact with your teeth. Beware of beverages such as red wine, tea, coffee, and soda. Deep colored fruits such as raspberries and blueberries, along with soy sauce and tomato sauce can also cause staining.
Of course, you’ll want to make certain to keep up your dental hygiene at home by brushing and flossing daily. The dentist can advise you about the best ways to have your healthiest, whitest, freshest teeth and how to maintain them, not only for the holidays, but your lifetime.
If you would like more information about how you can glow with the confidence from your brightest and whitest smile for the holidays, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.