Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment designed to improve the color of your teeth. While good dental hygiene habits can help to keep teeth white, this isn’t always the case for everyone. Smoking, certain medications, and certain foods can all discolor or stain the teeth for good.

But you don’t have to look the other way anymore because there are many easy and effective ways you can gain a brighter smile for the holidays through a professional teeth whitening treatment. If that’s something you’re interested in, then consider one of these options for whiter teeth just in time for the holidays!

In-office Teeth Whitening

This is the most common method of professional tooth restoration. In-office treatment involves the use of a powerful bleaching gel that is applied to the teeth by the dentist. The dentist will also apply the gel on the top and bottom of the mouth to ensure that your entire smile is whitened evenly. With this method, you can expect results after just one session. However, you’ll need to maintain the results through home treatments as well as regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist.

Many patients also appreciate the special bleaching gel that is typically applied just before treatment begins; this gel helps to bring more blood flow to the teeth while whitening them simultaneously. This added blood flow helps to make the process even more effective. The gums, lips, and soft tissue of the mouth will be protected with a rubber shield or a protective gel during treatment as well.

Take-home Teeth Whitening Trays

This method provides the same results as in-office whitening but uses customized take-home trays instead. Simply wear the tray with the teeth whitening gel in it for a certain amount of time each day, and you can expect to see results in approximately two weeks. It’s safe and convenient, making this option perfect for busy individuals.

Teeth Whitening Kits

Teeth whitening kits need to be left on the teeth for up to an hour, while others can be washed off after as little as 10 minutes. Avoid colored mouthwashes, as they can stain your teeth. You can also whiten your teeth with whitening toothpaste. However, this may take longer than using a kit. For the best results, ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening procedures. These procedures are fast, often taking less than an hour to complete. Best of all, they’re much more effective than any over-the-counter product you’ll find at the store!


If you’d like to learn more, then contact our dental office at (503) 581-2446 today. We’d be happy to help answer any questions that you may have. Get the bright smile you’ve always wanted this winter!

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