How to get a whiter and brighter smile for those holiday photos

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is a month away! Each family has their own unique traditions, but most people the season is one the busiest times of the year. Vacations, work events and family dinners may be on your calendar over the next few weeks. One thing’s for sure, you want to look your best in all those pictures your friends, family and coworkers are going to be snapping at all of those holiday functions. You may even have scheduled an appointment at your favorite salon or splurged for a new outfit. But don’t forget your most important feature, which is your smile! Below are some tips to give your pearly whites that extra sparkle for a smile that you’ll be proud to show off.

Ditch staining drinks

If you’re drinking a lot of red wine, dark fruit juices (like pomegranate), soda, coffee or tea, you will soon begin to notice the effect on your teeth. These beverages are naturally staining. While water is the best option, you can safely enjoy beverages like white wine and lighter colored drinks. If you do have a staining drink sip on water afterwards to counteract the effect.

Use a whitening toothpaste

Toothpastes labeled as ‘whitening’ can help to buff away stains before they can settle onto your enamel. These toothpastes usually contain mildly abrasive ingredients to scrub away surface stains.

Crunch on fresh fruits and veggies

There’s going to lots of temptation at those holiday get togethers- cookies, eggnog, fruitcake, the list goes on. Of course we all indulge from time to time. But whenever possible, opt for the fruit and veggie platter instead. Not only are these foods better for your body, the crunchiness of foods like fresh apples can act as a natural cleanser.

Come in and see us!

While we understand that this is a busy time of year, we encourage you to carve out a little me time for yourself and come in for a cleaning and exam. There’s nothing like that freshly polished feeling you  get after a professional cleaning to get you in the holiday spirit! You may even opt for a professional whitening treatment to give your smile that extra sparkle.  Our in-office whitening system yields far more dramatic results than over the counter products can. Contact us today at 780-488-5828 to book your appointment.