On special occasions, like your wedding day, birthday celebration, or dream job interview, your smile will be front and center. If that idea leaves you less than enthused due to stubborn stains and heavy discoloration, it’s time to inquire about professional teeth whitening treatments. To ensure you have plenty of time to reach your smile goals, here’s when to start whitening your teeth for a special event!
So, When Should You Begin Your Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Since take-home whitening kits from your dentist can deliver beautiful results in as little as two weeks and in-office treatments can transform your smile in a single visit, you may think you can wait until the month before your event to begin the process. Instead, you should get in touch with your dental team as soon as the date of your special event is confirmed. This is important for two reasons. First, cosmetic dentistry services of any kind can only be completed if your teeth and gums are in pristine condition. If an untreated dental concern, like gum disease or tooth decay, is present, the appropriate restorative care will need to be administered beforehand, requiring more time to complete your smile transformation. Starting early is also important because you may want more dramatic results after finishing your first treatment, allowing you to complete another round before your event.
Why You Should Choose Professional Whitening Over Store-Bought Kits
Another common misconception is that over-the-counter whitening kits are comparable to professional treatments from your dentist. In reality, store-bought options deliver lackluster results at best due to their diluted brightening agents and one-size-fits-all applicators. On the other hand, in-office and take-home whitening solutions from your dentist are customized to your unique smile goals, delivering beautiful results you can rely on every time.
Tips for Prolonging Your Results
Typically, you can expect the results of your teeth whitening treatment to last anywhere from a couple of months to a few years, depending on how you care for your smile. With this in mind, make sure to:
- Avoid dark-colored foods and beverages (or use a straw when drinking coffee, wine, etc.).
- Brush and floss your teeth daily.
- Use mouthwash regularly.
- Visit your dentist every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning.
- Quit poor dental habits that cause dental discoloration, like smoking.
- Get touch-up treatments as needed.
Whether you are getting ready for your wedding day or preparing to interview for your dream job, you want to have a smile that is beautiful, healthy, and happy. To ensure yours is in pristine condition in time, make sure to get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible!
About the Practice
At Solomon Dental Group, we have a skilled team of doctors and dental professionals who are united behind one important mission: making your smile goals a reality. We are proud to offer a number of smile-transforming cosmetic services, including in-office and take-home whitening treatments, to accomplish just that. If you are interested in erasing stubborn stains and dental discoloration before a special event, get in touch with us via website or by phone at 281-367-4007 to schedule your initial consultation!