It’s December which means several holiday parties. It also means numerous pictures which may eventually make it onto social media. The last thing you need is an unattractive smile. Today, our experts at Signature Smile General and Cosmetic Dentistry provide tips on how to prepare your smile for the festive season. There are two ways in which you can get a picture – ready smile for the holidays: either by an in-office whitening session with your dentist or by purchasing an whitening kit at your drugstore and doing it yourself.
The holiday season can be busy, however if you are able to make an appointment with your dentist, professional bleaching maybe a quicker and more effective choice compared to drug-store whitening kits.Signature Smile General and Cosmetic Dentistry is running a special on professional teeth whitening – only $399.00 and also have several take home options too. Professional bleaching may cost more – an in-office whitening session cost anywhere between $500.00 to $1,000 whereas over the counter whitening may cost as little as $20.00. However, if you have the budget and time for professional whitening, it may be more effective and faster, according to dental experts. This is because the concentration of whitening ingredients present in the dental office product is significantly higher than that of the whitening product that you will can purchase at a drugstore. If you opt to get professional teeth whitening, your dentist will apply whitening gel to your teeth and use laser technology to activate the bleaching process. This process is known as power bleaching. Generally, this process takes about an hour and produces drastic results.
If you are unable to schedule an appointment with your dentist or if holiday shopping has left a hole in your pocket, drugstore teeth whitening products are a good option. Dental professionals also recommend whitening toothpastes. Keep in mind that that whitening toothpaste will only remove the external stains on the tooth surface whereas as whitening strips, for example, penetrate deeper tooth layers to bleach teeth.
Believe it or not, one of the easiest ways to achieve a whiter smile is to try a new make-up routine. Wearing a shade of lipstick with a blue undertone can make your smile look instantly brighter. By darkening your skin tone with a bronzer, you will create greater contrast to your teeth and make it look whiter. Furthermore, it is advisable to avoid foods that are likely to darken your teeth such as black tea, red wine, coffee, and dark berries. Worst of all is tabacco. Do not smoke!
It is early enough in the month for that perfect New Year’s Eve picture perfect smile. Schedule your teeth whitening procedure with Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky, DDS and Dr. Inna Trogan, DDS today. Our dentists have served the residents of Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Dumbo, and all of our other surrounding communities for years.