Most of us have a long to do list when the holiday season begins. From planning holiday parties, to finding time to secretly shop for the family, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves in the process. The last thing you want is for those teeth stains to linger with you in pictures for years to come, and if you’re treating the whole family this year to the best presents ever, you might as well treat yourself too.
Whitening your teeth gives you a refreshing look that shows people you made it through another year and you are still fabulous. What a better time than now to primp yourself? If you are Beyonce “feelin’ yourself” this holiday season, check out how and when the best times to whiten your teeth are.
Visit the Dentist
First thing’s first. If you want a lasting whitening treatment that doesn’t ruin your mouth, visit your dentist. A proper dental exam can tell you why your teeth are stained and if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Your dentist will be able to find the perfect shade of white that is natural and brightens your smile without looking overdone.
When You Should Whiten Your Teeth
The best candidate for a teeth whitening procedure is someone with impeccable oral health and strong teeth that are not over sensitive or “soft.” If your teeth discoloration is less brown and more yellowed, they will have a better, long-lasting response to the bleach. Also, strong gums are preferred to avoid unnecessary harm to the gum line and stability of teeth.
When You Shouldn’t Whiten Your Teeth
There are a plethora of situations when bleaching your smile is not the best idea. Although all you want for Christmas is two WHITE teeth, this may not be in the cards for someone who has health issues or a sensitive oral situation. Do NOT whiten your teeth if…
- You are pregnant
- You are under 16
- Your teeth and gums are highly sensitive
- You are allergic to peroxide
- You have crowns or fillings – they do not respond to bleach
- Your enamel is compromised
- Your gums are receding
- You have an exposed root or broken tooth
If you can answer “no” to all of the stipulations above, it’s time to take a visit to your dentist and whiten your smile. If you live in or around the Houston, Texas area, contact Greenspoint Dental to set up your dental exam and whitening appointment.