Now that the weather is cooling, and the Halloween decorations have been tucked away for another year, it is officially time to start planning for the holidays. While many people may be dreaming of a white Christmas, is what you really want this year a whiter smile? If so, have you spoken to a cosmetic dentist about how your smile can be brightened? Sure, there are many over-the-counter products that promise to lighten teeth, but few are able to create the same kind of noticeable results, quickly, like professional teeth whitening! So if you truly want to sparkle this holiday season, why not talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening treatment?

When Is Teeth Whitening the Best Option?

For patients looking to lighten teeth by more than a few shades, particularly those hoping to do so under a tight timeframe, such as before a holiday party, a wedding, or other special occasion, cosmetic dentists frequently recommend professional teeth whitening, which can often lighten teeth by up to eight shades during a single course of treatment. This time varies, slightly, based on a person’s goals, the depth of the staining, and other factors, but for most patients it can be completed in two weeks’ time or less.

Do Your Teeth Need Bonding or Veneers, Instead?

Another benefit of seeking professional cosmetic treatment, is that a dentist can help determine if your staining is actually permanent or intrinsic, and if so, can recommend an effective solution. Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers, for instance, can both help to hide permanent staining with beautiful, natural-looking results!