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Teeth Whitening Before Special Events

Many people desire a brighter, whiter smile, but they often procrastinate seeking teeth whitening treatment to enhance tooth color. However, there is nothing like a special event to move someone into action. Individuals who want to eliminate dental stains and brighten their smile for a wedding, vacation, family reunion, or other notable event can rely on professional teeth whitening treatment.

Teeth whitening before a special event enhances self-confidence so that people feel better about interacting with others, having their picture taken, and making the most of their big day. Dr. Bruno Lemay helps his patients plan out teeth whitening treatment so that they get the results they desire in time for their big event.

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

Individuals who are interested in brightening their smile prior to a special event can consider over-the-counter teeth whitening products or professional teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening uses a higher concentration of bleaching agents than over-the-counter products, so it offers more drastic whitening results, often in a much shorter amount of time.

At his dental practice, Dr. Lemay offers his patients professional take-home teeth whitening kits. Take-home teeth whitening combines the strength of professional bleaching agents with the convenience of over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Each take-home kit comes with custom whitening trays that ensure bleaching agents stay on the teeth and avoid irritating the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth. Professional at-home teeth whitening allows individuals to get professional results while undergoing treatment whenever and wherever is most convenient to them.

When Should I Start Teeth Whitening Treatment?

When undergoing teeth whitening for a special event, it is important to time treatment so that optimal whitening results are achieved prior to the big day. Over-the-counter whitening products can take four to six weeks (or more) for noticeable results to be achieved, so if individuals are using these products, they should begin whitening their teeth about two months prior to their event.

At-home take whitening kits provide faster and more noticeable results than over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Using these kits, our patients can brighten the color of their teeth by several shades, usually within just a couple of weeks. For optimal results, individuals should start at-home teeth whitening two to three weeks prior to their event.

Maintaining Whitening Results 

Professional teeth whitening allows people to enjoy special events with a brighter, whiter smile, but the results of whitening treatment will last far beyond one day. With optimal follow-up care, teeth whitening results can last for many weeks or months. We recommend these practices for maintaining teeth whitening results:

  • Brush the teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss regularly
  • Schedule routine dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year
  • Avoid smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Minimize consumption of coffee, tea, wine, and other darkly pigmented foods and beverages
  • Drink plenty of water

Contact Us

There is no need to let dental stains or a discolored smile put a damper on a special event. If you’d like to find out how professional teeth whitening can enhance the appearance of your smile before a special occasion, reach out to Dr. Bruno Lemay and his dental team. Send us a message online, or call (760) 324-4450 to schedule an appointment.