How to make your teeth white in time for the holidays.

Here comes the holidays! Before you know it you’ll be up your teeth in pumpkin spice, presents, relatives, enormous buffets, and family photos! While the relatives might scare you more than the buffets do, you know you’ll want to look back on this holiday season and be happy with your shiny smile. Of course you will want to continue your comprehensive oral hygiene strategy of regular brushing and flossing, but maybe you owe it to yourself for a little upgrade with that smile and it’s not too late for the photos.

One of the greatest concerns associated with teeth whitening is whether or not it’s going to be painful. Because some products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s best to discuss your whitening with your dentist. For the most part, there’s no real pain associated with teeth whitening processes in our practice, though there can be some temporary heightened sensitivity afterwards, depending on the method used. The other primary concern is whether it’s safe or not. All of the methods described here are considered safe as long as they’re done under the supervision of a qualified dentist.

With all the running around you have to do for the holidays, you may want to take advantage of a product like Opalescence Go. With the pre-formed trays for both upper and lower teeth, you can use this product while running around in your car or just bouncing around the house putting together the next feast.

Another great option for whitening uses custom trays that are made for your teeth and are filled with a syringe. They’re pretty easy to use at home, maybe in the evening while you’re watching tv after a long day of shopping. The whitening trays will take about 7-10 days before you’re done and the results are really noticeable.

Finally, if you’re really pressed for time, you could take advantage of laser whitening. Using a 40% solution of carbamide peroxide with your laser treatment could result in as much as two shades of whitening in just one office visit. Again, you’ll want to make sure this is done by a certified professional for safety and the best results.

So there you have it. If you want to treat yourself to a dazzling smile for all of your seasonal family photos, you’ve still got time. Ask your dentist what the best option is for you and let your smile help you spread some holiday happiness!