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When to Start Whitening Your Teeth Before a Special Event

August 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drheim @ 12:59 am
person with white teeth smiling at wedding

So, you have a special event coming up. Whether it’s a wedding, graduation, or a party for someone special, you want to make sure you look your best. That’s why you’re planning on having your teeth whitened. You want to make sure that your smile looks as good as possible on the big day, so when should you start? Read on to learn when you should begin teeth whitening treatment, the different options available, and how to keep your teeth looking bright, white, and beautiful.

When to Start Whitening Your Teeth

In short, you should begin whitening your smile as soon as possible. One reason for this is that everyone isn’t a good candidate for teeth whitening. If you have dental health problems like cavities or gum disease that need to be treated, you’ll need to do this before beginning teeth whitening to avoid issues. Additionally, the type of products you use will also impact how long it takes to achieve your desired results.

Can You Use Over-the-Counter Products?

When it comes to teeth whitening, there are several options available. Over-the-counter whitening is easily accessible, but it often leads to lackluster results. Whitening strips tend to only cover the front few teeth, which means the rest of your smile won’t get whitened. Whitening kits that contain trays aren’t custom-made, so they won’t fit most people properly. Additionally, both of these treatments may result in product leakage, which can cause uneven results and tissue irritation. Whitening toothpaste is another option, but this usually contains abrasives that can scratch your enamel and make you more likely to develop cavities.

Why Professional Teeth Whitening Is the Best Option

Many dentists offer professional teeth whitening services that allow you to improve the look of your smile quickly and safely. Take-home kits feature custom trays that perfectly fit your smile. This means that the teeth bleaching product will be distributed evenly. These take-home whitening kits also use professional-grade products. This means that your results will look better and last longer than if you use store-bought products.

5 Ways to Keep Your Teeth White

Once you achieve your desired results with your professional whitening products, it’s important to maintain your new smile. A few ways to do this include:

  • Floss between your teeth every night and rinse with mouthwash each day
  • Avoid consuming dark-colored or highly pigmented foods and drinks
  • Quit unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking alcohol excessively
  • Brush your teeth for two minutes after each meal
  • Attend biannual dental checkups and cleanings

A white smile is key to making lasting memories at your upcoming event. With the above information, you’ll be looking back on the event photos with fondness for years to come!

About the Practice

Heim & Carroll DMD is located in Glastonbury and led by Drs. Brad Heim and John Carroll. They offer cosmetic treatments to improve the look of your beam, including take-home teeth whitening kits. With this treatment, you’ll be sporting a gorgeous grin by the time of your next event. To make an appointment with Heim & Carroll DMD or for more information on teeth whitening, visit their website or call their office at (860) 633-2031.

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