Halloween has come and gone for another year, but the holiday season is just getting started. In fact, we would almost be willing to bet that you’ve already seen some Christmas decorations in stores.
Many singers have sung about “dreaming of a white Christmas,” but we have another way of looking at that. How about giving yourself the gift of a white smile before you attend your first holiday party this year?
If that sounds like something on your Christmas wish list, then you should schedule an appointment at S&G Family Dentistry today. Our professional teeth whitening can give you the bright smile you want before you post your first ugly sweater picture on social media.
You Should Feel Good About Your Smile
You make an effort to keep your mouth healthy. You brush your teeth (twice daily). You floss every day (you are flossing daily, right?), and you make regular appointments for dental cleanings and exams.
And yet … you can’t help noticing that your teeth aren’t as white or bright as they used to be. We want you to know that this is normal.
As people get older, our teeth are naturally turn yellower or darker. Most of the foods we eat and things we drink will add to the stains on our teeth little by little.
Each sip of your morning coffee may help you wake up, but it can hurt your smile. And think about how many cups of coffee you’ve had after 10, 20, or 30 years.
In that same time, you may have eaten hundreds of slices of pizza or plates of spaghetti. Even healthy options like fruits and berries can contribute to the stains on your teeth. Tea, soft drinks, and desserts are just a few of many things we consume daily that change the colors of our smiles.
And if you use tobacco, well, you are basically putting those stains on a fast track to spoiling your smile. (We won’t discuss the ways tobacco hurts your oral health, at least not today.)
We have noticed that many patients become self-conscious or even embarrassed by their smiles when they are aware of the stains on their teeth. Stains build slowly, so you generally don’t notice the gradual changes.
But one day, it happens. You are brushing your teeth or taking a selfie, and you realize just how yellow your teeth are. If you are at that point, just remember that our team at S&G Family Dentistry is here to help.
Things You Should Know Before Whitening Your Teeth
We know it’s tempting to buy the whitening products at the store. In some ways, it’s almost inevitable. (Try finding a tube of toothpaste that doesn’t have the word “whitening” somewhere on its packaging.)
If you do get a commercial whitening product, we want you to have realistic expectations. The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has researched these products. Here are some of their conclusions:
▶ “Whitening” can mean different things.
For example, that whitening toothpaste can remove some surface stains from your teeth. So, technically, it could make your teeth slightly whiter.
But that’s not the same as the whitening products with bleaching agents. These are the whitening strips or the gels you will find in the toothpaste aisle, and they can remove deeper stains than toothpaste. There is a risk with those products, however. Many people overuse them, which can actually damage your teeth.
▶ Whitening products with bleaching agents usually contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide).
These chemicals allow those products to remove some deeper stains from your teeth. However, these are not as effective as professional whitening products.
You may be surprised to learn that professional teeth whitening uses the same bleaching agents, only in higher concentrations than commercial products. This allows professional products to work faster and remove more stains than the stuff you will find at the store.
▶ Last but not least, you should visit your dentist before you use any whitening product with a bleaching agent.
Whitening will not work for everyone. If you have crowns, dental fillings, or untreated cavities, teeth whitening may not help your smile. In those cases, we can recommend other cosmetic services that can give you the white smile that you want.
Find Out If Professional Teeth Whitening Is Right For You
If you want a white smile in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas, call (913) 945-1612 or contact us online today. S&G Family Dentistry can let you know if professional teeth whitening is right for you and your smile!