Are you looking forward to taking family photos this holiday season? Or do you wish your smile could be just a little more radiant than previous holidays? Thanks to several teeth whitening methods introduced over the years, it’s never been easier to get beautiful new smile, and in time for the holidays.
Whether you intend to schedule a visit with your doctor or buy a take-home whitening kit, don’t miss the opportunity to make your smile shine brighter than ever before. Take a moment to review some of the different options for teeth whitening in Long Beach.
Use The Right Toothpaste
Along with brushing twice a day, using a toothpaste with teeth whitening properties will help lift stains from the surface of your enamel. Whitening toothpaste contains additional abrasive particles and polishing agents that help keep your teeth white. If you’re concerned about these chemicals, don’t worry: studies have suggested that whitening toothpaste is no harsher on tooth enamel than traditional toothpaste, so you can brush with confidence.
Avoid Foods Likely to Stain Your Teeth
Beverages like coffee, tea, soda, juice, and wine all contain either sugary or acidic properties which are likely to stain and erode your enamel. To minimize the chance of stains, use a straw when choosing these drinks and rinse your mouth out after drinking to keep any stains from settling. If you’ve just undergone a teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will tell you to abstain from these drinks for a brief period of time.
Eat Foods That Are Proven to Keep Teeth White
Foods like carrots, celery, and apples are packed with Vitamin C, which can accelerate saliva production. The more saliva you produce, the more food debris will wash off your teeth reducing the number of stains.
Consider An At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Many drug stores sell take-home whitening kits you can use on your own time. These are ideal if you can’t schedule an appointment with your dentist, just be sure to ask your local dental practice about their take-home whitening kits as they often use stronger and more effective chemicals than over-the-counter ones.
Contact Your Doctor About In-Office Whitening Treatments
Most dentists offer in-house whitening treatments that are very effective at making your smile whiter and brighter than ever before. The appointments are typically an hour long and take approximately 15 minutes per shade to complete. In-house whitening can typically brighten smiles up to ten shades, so keep that in mind when scheduling your appointment.
Contact your dentist today to see how teeth whitening can benefit your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Maha M. Hanna, DDS, has been working in the private practice dental field for over two decades. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Hanna studied at Cairo University and continues to complete her advanced training every year to provide her patients the highest quality care possible. Her office also offers in-house whitening treatments as well as at-home whitening kits to help make your smile as bright as possible. To contact us and learn more about these practices, you can do so at (562) 740-8308 or visit our website.