Who wouldn’t want a brighter, whiter smile? Whiter teeth can make you look younger and healthier, they show that you care about your oral hygiene, and they can help you feel more confident about your smile! Although you can schedule a teeth whitening treatment at any old time, there are some strategic points in life in which it makes a lot of sense to undergo a teeth whitening procedure. So if you’re wondering when to whiten teeth, scroll down for some recommendations and reminders.
When to Whiten Teeth
After the Removal of Braces
One of the most popular times to whiten teeth is after the removal of metal braces. It is also common after a patient finishes a teeth-straightening treatment using invisible, removable braces like ClearCorrect. Because the teeth are straight after these orthodontic treatments, the whitening gel can be evenly applied to all of the teeth. Plus, because the metal brackets are removed from the teeth, it’s finally possible to whiten the entire front of each tooth. Teeth whitening is a great reward for sticking through with your braces. You’ll be even more thrilled with your new smile!
Before a Big Event
Many people choose to whiten their teeth before their wedding, because they want to feel confident and attractive on the big day. You might also consider whitening your teeth before a major job interview, an exciting reunion, or a vacation. However, be sure to schedule your teeth whitening appointment for a week or two before the event. Whitening procedures can cause sensitivity, gum irritation, and redness, all of which could hamper your enjoyment of the big day. If you choose an at-home treatment, you will need to start applying the product 1-2 months ahead of time (depending on the product) so that you have time to finish the treatment before the big event.
After a Healthy Lifestyle or Diet Change
If you’ve decided to give up smoking, coffee, or dark soda, whitening your teeth will help you realize how much those guilty pleasures darkened and yellowed your teeth. You will eliminate past stains, improving your smile and preparing your teeth for a brighter future. Plus, it might help you stick with your resolution to eliminate (or limit) your use of cigarettes and/or caffeine.
Remember that teeth whitening isn’t permanent. Growing older, drinking dark beverages, smoking, and poor oral hygiene can all affect the whiteness of your teeth. So after your procedure, try to limit teeth-darkening habits like smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee or tea, or relaxing with a glass of red wine or a can of Pepsi. This will ensure that your smile stays whiter for longer.
Do you want a bright, white smile? Contact Wilkinson Dental if you live in or near Springfield, MO. We offer in-office teeth whitening as well as custom take-home teeth whitening trays. Both of these methods can effectively remove stains from tobacco, medications, dark foods and drinks, fluorosis, and the natural aging process. To learn more about our teeth whitening options, please give us a call at 417-708-0556 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!