Top 5 Tips on Keeping Your Smile Happy and Healthy This Holiday Season

 

Now that the holiday season is here, it’s time to start thinking about all the wonderful fun, festivities and food you’ll be partaking with friends, family and colleagues.

All of us at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen definitely encourage you to “savor that flavors” this holiday season! However, since we know you’ll be dining a wider variety of foods, we’d like share a few helpful tips on how you can keep your smile happy and healthy while enjoying the cornucopia of casseroles, cakes and candy coming your way. (After all, there’s nothing worse that cracking a tooth or getting a cavity when you want to just enjoy the season’s celebrations!)

#1. Pack a travel toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash in your purse or bag wherever you go. This way you’ll be prepared for all those office parties and random holiday dishes your coworkers bring into work. After enjoying your snacks, brush your teeth! And you’ll be looking great for the next meeting.

#2. Don’t chew ice or hard candy! People drink more socially doing the holiday season. And eat a lot more candy than they typically do. So, if you’re one of those individuals who like to crunch on ice or want to try taffy, we recommend avoiding it completely (or just being very careful) it so you can avoid cracking your tooth.

#3. Avoid drinks that stain your teeth. (Or brush right after drinking them.) Red wines, color flavoring in drinks and certain foods can stain your teeth, which may not be the most attractive sight to see in holiday pictures! So keep how much you drink in mind, or brush regularly!

#4 Use a nutcracker. The holiday season invented the holiday nutcrackers for a reason. Make sure you use them when you’re cracking those hard nuts such as walnuts, pecans and more. And you’ll save yourself a trip to the dentist with a cracked tooth.

#5 Visit your dentist before the year end. To make sure your teeth are looking beautiful, visit your dentist—or if you don’t have one, make an appointment with family dentist Dr. Raymond Lim at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen—and make sure get a cleaning before the year end. It’s a great way to combat the effects of eating the sugary foods that could be detrimental to your health. And make sure you take advantage of your insurance benefits before they expire.

 

Tips on Teeth Whitening for Wedding Day Perfect Photographs

Whether you’re the type of bride who walks down the aisle—or the kind that scuba dives to celebrate your marriage—you know you’ll be smiling for photographers, families and friends on your wedding day all day long.

Happy Bride and Groom Swimming underwater

So as you start planning your wedding whites—from your stunning bridal gown to your sparkling white diamonds and pearls—don’t forget to take care of the most important “white” of all: your pearly white teeth. And your fiance’s too!

How to Whiten Your Teeth Before Your Wedding

If you’ve never had your teeth professionally whitened before, here’s an important tip. To make sure your teeth are their brightest before your big day, schedule an appointment with a top cosmetic dentist two to three months before the wedding.
Dr. Raymond Lim, DDS of Dental Smiles of Willow Glen offers this advice as a popular cosmetic dentist with Silicon Valley and San Jose, California, brides to be.

Dr Raymond Lim D.D.S. of Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, a dental office in San Jose, CA.

Dr. Raymond Lim, D.D.S. of Dental Smiles of Willow Glen in San Jose, CA.

“Preparing for your wedding is one of the most stressful things you can do. So, make it easier on yourself by coming in at least 6 to 8 weeks before your wedding. This way you can learn the latest and most effective types of teeth whitening procedures. Plus, you can have plenty to time to decide which professional whitening process is best for you.
When it comes to teeth whitening, Dr. Lim shares his unique philosophy on helping brides who want to whiten their teeth.

“Personally, my goal for any bride is to so make sure she keeps her health and energy up during this busy time. So, I often recommend teeth whitening methods that cause the least amount of teeth sensitivity and minimum relapse of color. This means using a more time-consuming, manual method (for the doctor) instead of a laser method which is what many other dentists use.”

Jessica S is patient of Dental Smiles of Willow GlenA patient of Dr. Lim’s, Jessica S. of San Jose, shared her recent experience with Dr. Ray’s most recommended teething whitening method. 

“I typically drink a lot of coffee, so my teeth were pretty stained. And I’ve had my teeth whitened before with lasers, which made my teeth really sensitive. So this time, I went to see Dr. Lim, who recommended that I use ( ______) for the whitening process. I had no sensitivity whatsoever with the procedure,” Jessica says. “I was super happy with the results. And my family and friends said my brighter smile looked natural—which is exactly what I wanted!”

Mary Lou ManloveProfessional color and style consultant, Mary Lou Manlove of ColorInsight in the SF Bay Area, also shared her insights on teeth whitening in regards to a bride’s wedding day photographs.

“Never whiten your teeth whiter than the whites of your eyes, or wear a white that’s whiter than your eyes. If the white is too bright, it will distract from your natural beauty, ” Mary Lou says.

The best teeth whitening for wedding day pics is actually affordable.

Professional teeth whitening today is not as expensive as people think. Over the years, new innovative technologies have created solutions that make teeth whitening accessible even for the most budget-conscious bride.

Get FREE teeth whitening at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen when you refer others!

Right now, Dental Smiles of Willow Glen is offering a special deal. Get FREE whitening when you refer six individuals within a six-month period. Or you can pay for your teeth whitening upfront, have six friends come in within 6 months, and get reimbursed on your payment!

Once your teeth are whitened, here’s are 5 TIPS to keep them that way.

1. Use clear mouthwash
2. Avoid foods that could leave colored stains such as: Red sauces,  Red wine, Grape juice, Coffee, Tea, Cola, Tobacco products, Ketchup, Soy sauce, Berry pies,  Mustard
3. Avoid citrus and extreme temperatures during this period. White freckly spots will occur during the 10-20 day period, which will go away quickly.
4. Seek regular professional hygiene care to maintain oral health.
5. Practice good oral hygiene including thorough tooth brushing, flossing to remove debris from between the teeth and tongue cleaning.

Caring for your beautiful bright new smile will go a long way to keeping your teeth looking their whitest and helping you feel and look your best.

Wedding Couple with whitened teeth

 

See Dr. Raymond Lim for a Teeth Whitening Appointment today.

Feel free to make an appointment to see our teeth whitening dentist, Dr. Raymond Lim. Dr. Lim is a San Jose / Willow Glen expert at whitening teeth for brides, grooms, the entire wedding party and more.  Make your appointment today by calling (408) 978-1888 or by using our online contact formFor future blog updates, be sure to like us on Facebook.