Summer is rife with photo opportunities – holidays, trips to the beach, BBQs, weddings – there’s always something to celebrate. However, if you look back through all those photos you’ve taken so far this summer and notice that your smile isn’t as bright as you thought, don’t delay. There’s never been a better time to get your teeth whitened, to ensure that every smile you have from now on is bright, white and gleaming.
Why whiten your teeth this summer?
There are lots of reasons why you might want to have your teeth professionally whitened this summer but increasing your confidence is a big one. Over time, our teeth can become stained with food, drink and smoking and this discolouration can make you feel a little self-conscious about smiling for a photo. Of course, there are lots of other reasons to get your teeth whitened – it’s easy, it’s totally safe for your enamel, and now it’s very affordable, so a whiter smile is totally within reach.
How can you get whiter teeth?
Aside from small habit changes, like changing your toothpaste to a whitening one, or switching coffee and red wine for less staining alternatives, you can get whiter teeth with a professional whitening treatment from your dentist at Docklands Dental that you can use in the comfort of your home as and when it suits you.
This treatment, the Colgate® Max White Professional system, is an easy-to-use gel system, that you can apply for 30 minutes a day to see results straight away. Normally you can expect an improvement of 3-4 shades whiter after completing the course.
How to keep your teeth white
Using the professional whitening system regularly will help you maintain the white smile you desire, but there are other things you can do between sessions to keep your teeth white:
- Avoid smoking, which stains your teeth and also damages your gums over time.
- Cut down on highly coloured foods and drinks that will stain your teeth again – like red wine, coffee, blueberries, tomato-based sauses and curry. The summer is the perfect time to increase your fresh fruit intake, and strawberries have been proven to help whiten your teeth so it’s perfect excuse to enjoy more of these super berries.
- Drink through a straw to cut down on the contact drinks will have with your teeth.
Will there be any likely problems when I whiten my teeth?
Some people report some sensitivity when they whiten their teeth, but this is just a temporary side effect and will go away. You can find out more about reducing sensitivity after teeth whitening treatments in our recent blog post. You should also note that the results will not be permanent – you will need to continue your whitening treatment if you want to keep your smile looking great. This treatment will not be suitable for you if you have crowns, veneers or false teeth, as the gel will only work on natural dental tissue.
If you still have questions about this teeth whitening treatment, you can find out more on our website.