If you have a special occasion coming up, such as a wedding, you will want to look your best. Along with wearing the perfect outfit, you will want your teeth to look their best as well. If you plan on teeth whitening before your big day, you can get it done quickly by our dentists at Mass Bay Dental in Salem, MA.
If you use commercial products to whiten your teeth, you should start several weeks before your big event. Over-the-counter products do not whiten your teeth as quickly as professional products that your dentist has available to him or her.
Commercial products like whitening strips or toothpaste need several applications before you can see your teeth getting brighter. Also, since toothpaste can have abrasive ingredients, it can damage your teeth.
Professional teeth whitening, such as the ZOOM® system, takes about 90 minutes total to whiten teeth. This system uses a bleaching process with a concentration of hydrogen peroxide that’s 25 percent. The system also uses a chairside lamp that activates the solution to whiten your teeth.
Although the initial procedure takes place in our dentists’ office at Mass Bay Dental, there is a home touch-up kit that accompanies the in-office procedure. This system lasts about a year if you are careful about what you eat, so you should use a touch-up kit once a year to keep your teeth bright white.
Our dentists near you in Salem, MA will recommend doing a “white diet” after undergoing teeth whitening. The white diet consists of white foods that will not stain your teeth. These foods include bananas, chicken, fish, potatoes, apples, white wine, and other white foods that do not stain teeth.
The white diet is healthy for a little while, about three weeks, but after that, you need to return to your normal diet. Also, maintain good oral hygiene habits like brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, floss once a day, and maintain your regular dental appointments every six months.
If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened for a special occasion, have our dentists at Mass Bay Dental in Salem, MA take care of them for you.