This time of year calls for a lot of smiling, from family photos for Christmas cards to pretending you liked the gift you got from your in-laws to greeting your friends, family, and coworkers at holiday parties. With so many opportunities to show off your pearly whites, you want a white smile. Here’s what you should know about whitening:

Over-the-Counter Treatments

There are lots of whitening products available over-the-counter at your local drugstore. These include whitening toothpaste, mouthwashes, strips, gel and trays, and light systems. They also range in price, with toothpaste and mouthwashes at the lower end of the cost spectrum.

Some of these products include hydrogen peroxide and bleach teeth to whiten them. Others include less harsh whitening agents just remove surface stains. Peroxide products are going to be more effective, but they can also cause sensitivity. Additionally, while these products can help you whiten your smile and prevent staining, they aren’t as effective as treatments your dentist can prescribe.

Dental Treatments

There are also whitening treatments available to you through your dentist. These include gel and tray systems, similar to what you can get from the drugstore, but stronger and more effective, as well as high-powered light systems. Some of these may involve in-office treatments, while some may just be whitening products prescribed to you by your dentist.

Weber, Mountford & Ruszkowski Family Dentistry offers Zoom! Whitening treatments. The in-office Zoom! treatment is a one-time, 90-minute session in the dental office with the Zoom! Whitening lamp, plus custom-fit bleaching trays and a six-month supply of bleaching gel for touch-ups. There is also a “take home” Zoom! treatment, which includes custom bleaching trays and a two-week supply of bleaching gel. Both of these treatments contain desensitizers to reduce sensitivity from bleaching and can whiten your teeth up to eight shades!

Ready for a whiter, brighter smile for the holidays? Weber, Mountford & Ruszkowski Family Dentistry offers in-home and in-office Zoom! Whitening treatments to help you get a whiter smile in no time!