Holiday parties. Family get togethers. ‘Tis the season for looking your best. That includes your teeth. It’s time to work on your best smile possible.
Since the season is often so busy, many people rush toward home remedies such as using baking soda on teeth. While it is effective in wiping away stains on coffee cups, baking soda can dangerously erode the enamel that protects your teeth.
For some quick and safer whitening consider Crest 3D whitening tooth paste. Along with Whitening Strips you can get your teeth two or three shades lighter.
Of course nothing beats the trays dentists use for maximum whitening, especially when someone has a history of stained teeth from drinking tea, coffee and red wine. We make an impression of your teeth in the office and then create the custom trays from those impressions. You pour a special solution into the trays and wear them on your teeth for a couple of hours a day for two weeks in the privacy of your own home. It is not recommended for those with crowns or multiple fillings.
Want to speed up the process? Take a quick trip to the dental office and use the state-of-the-art zoom whitening device. You put the impression made especially for you in your mouth, it is filled with solution, and you place your mouth on the device for an hour and a half. We have movies you can watch to make the time pass. Younger people can see their smile brighten three of four shades brighter; older patients can expect two to three shades brighter.
Your new smile can be maintained for a while with the whitening toothpaste and whitening strips.
This may be the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one, especially if you are eager to see quick results for that upcoming New Year’s Eve party.
Dr. Shelley Shearer is a graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School and Founder of Shearer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Florence.