Smile Bright Like a Diamond: 3 Tips for At-Home Teeth Whitening

Smiling woman on couch with dog and tabletThe holidays are here, and that means lots of sugary treats, rich foods, and teeth-staining beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. It also just so happens to be one of the most photographed times of the year, with everyone wanting to snap photos at family gatherings, the office holiday party, and get-togethers with friends. So, is your smile photo-ready? If not, don’t worry; we’re sharing some at-home teeth whitening tips to help you smile as brightly as the star on top of your tree. 

How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

There are lots of ways to get whiter teeth at home, but beware of too-good-to-be-true DIY remedies like salt scrubs (or any other abrasive treatments) or apple cider vinegar (vinegar and other acidic “whiteners” can strip your tooth enamel along with the stains). Instead, opt for these dentist-approved strategies for a whiter smile. 

Choose the right teeth whitening system. 

Here at our Cumming family dentistry practice, we offer KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching, one of the top bleaching systems developed by dental professionals. Dr. Jordan recommends the KöR Whitening system because it combines the aims of cosmetic dentistry with a focus on function and healthy dental practices. 

Starting KöR Whitening is easy; just let us know during your visit that you’d like to whiten your teeth. Dr. Jordan will make molds of your teeth, which are then used to create your own custom teeth whitening trays. This ensures that your trays are not only more comfortable than generic store-bought trays, but will also provide a better result since they will sit perfectly against your teeth. 

During a second visit, Dr. Jordan applies a conditioner to your teeth to prepare them for at-home whitening. You can then take your trays home and wear them while you sleep for 14 days. A final visit is required to complete the treatment, at which time you will see the difference in your beautiful new smile. 

Avoid teeth staining foods and beverages.

Once you’ve started whitening your teeth, try to preserve that hard work as much as possible! Avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth, like: 

  • Berries
  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Tomato sauce
  • Beets
  • Soy sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dark sodas (cola)
  • Blue and purple fruit juices

Brush and floss like you mean it. 

We know that you know that brushing and flossing are important for good dental health. But did you know that your dental hygiene routine serves another purpose beyond preventing cavities? Daily brushing and flossing are crucial to maintaining a white smile. They remove the bacteria that can cause plaque from your teeth, and get rid of food residue that can cause stains before they set in. 

Are you ready to give yourself the gift of a whiter smile this holiday season? If so, contact us for an appointment today!

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