Be more kissable this Valentine’s Day … try Teeth Whitening

3 Steps to whiter teeth

teeth-whiteningWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is going to be a lot of smooching going on. You want to make sure before you pucker up that you have a fresh, white kissable smile.  But before we get all mushy, we need to understand the benefits of teeth whitening, the 3 steps to a whiter smile and how to maintain those pearly-whites.

The Benefits of teeth whitening:

There are many benefits to whiter teeth… besides being more kissable, you can even appear more youthful! As teeth whitening detracts from creases and gives your skin a healthy radiance. It improves your overall confidence, making you feel better about yourself. A white smile gives you a more healthy appearance.

Teeth Whitening Step #1

The easiest and least costly is to brush and floss at least twice a day. Plaque collects on your teeth after eating and drinking.  Food bits can stick to and/or get caught in between teeth, if not washed off quickly these remains will darken your teeth.

This ultimately leads to deterioration of your teeth, and possible gum disease. Cleaning the food and build up off of your teeth stops plaque from starting and keeps your teeth fresh, white and healthy!

If you forget to brush and floss your teeth at night all of that food collects on your teeth forming plaque and tartar.  Once the deposit accumulates, it is even harder to keep clean and requires a professional dental cleaning to eliminate the tarter build up.

Teeth Whitening Step #2

Even with your finest home-care efforts, we still need a little bit of assistance to make our smile is whitest.  You should include professional dental cleaning twice a year. Some people build plaque quicker and need additional cleanings to keep their teeth and gums at ideal condition. This specialized care with a deep teeth cleaning reaches all of those hard to get to recesses and openings.  Most folks need some help, particularly with their flossing in order to clean all surfaces of their teeth.

Teeth Whitening Step #3

A professional teeth whitening service is a harmless and effective way to whiten your teeth.  The best time to use teeth whitening services is after the first few weeks of having a professional dental cleaning.

With no buildup on your teeth, the professional teeth whitening gel can better enter into the porosities of the tooth surface to help draw out deep-down stains and discolorations. 

Most choices for professional teeth whitening gel are either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide based solutions varying in different concentrations.  These gels are harmless and effective to use without fear of damaging the enamel of the tooth. (Check out Opalescence teeth whitening gel… it’s our favorite!!)

You may experience some sensitivity throughout or directly after whitening your teeth.  That is why different concentrations exist, to make your teeth whitening experience more comfortable with less sensitivity. 

Also, the period of time that you wear your custom teeth whitening trays can also affect sensitivity, limiting nighttime tray wear to only 2-4 hours at a time.

Teeth whitening is the best deal in dentistry:

Opalescence teeth whitening gel resized 600Teeth whitening (sometimes called bleaching) takes a visit to the dental office to be fitted for a custom teeth whitening tray. After your initial whitening, you are given brief instructions and are on your way with a beautiful, whiter smile. Total cost, $90 per tray.

Hard to imagine you can get all of your upper teeth lightened and whitened for such a low price. If you have not been able to enjoy all the benefits that come with having a brighter smile you should give teeth whitening a try.

One way to make your Valentine happy is to surprise them with a wonderful gift of a whiter smile! Call your local dental office and see if they can set up you and/or your significant other, for the big day.

Please visit or contact our office, so we can answer any questions you may have.