The holidays are a time when family and friends gather to celebrate and, thanks to cellphones-turned-cameras, everyone is a potential photographer. If you want your smile to light up your holiday photos, professional teeth whitening is just the ticket.

At Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp, our team offers a wide range of services that are designed to preserve your dental health and your smile. We understand the impact that a mouthful of beautifully white teeth can have, which is why we offer professional whitening services.

While the holidays present the perfect excuse for brightening up your smile, the fact is that white teeth can make a positive impact at any time of year. Here’s a look at how professional teeth whitening can improve your overall appearance, and how we can accomplish this goal in time for the holidays.

Time and your teeth

If you look back at holiday pictures from years past, you may notice that your teeth have become duller with time, which is perfectly natural. The first culprit behind this discoloring is the breakdown of your enamel. As your enamel wears down, more of the brown dentin on the inside of your teeth begins to show through, which is what creates the yellowing effect.

As your enamel breaks down, your teeth are also less able to ward off stains. If you think about all the things you eat and drink, such as coffee, artificially colored sodas, and even berries, you begin to see that your teeth are under constant assault. Your weakening enamel is no match against these foods and beverages.

The end result is that no matter how diligent you are about your daily dental care, your teeth may not be as white or bright as they once were.

The many benefits of professional whitening

While there are plenty of over-the-counter products that promise to whiten your smile, they don’t stack up to the professional-grade products and services we offer here at our practice. With our professional teeth whitening, we can brighten your teeth by several shades in just one visit.

The reason we can accomplish this is twofold. First, we apply a powerful bleaching agent to your teeth that’s much stronger than anything you can find over the counter. Second, we use a special light to activate the gel, allowing us to whiten your teeth more quickly.

If you’d prefer to take a more gradual approach, we can supply you with take-home whitening kits that allow you to achieve the same results over the course of 10-14 days.

With the holidays just a few weeks away, either whitening process will do the trick, making your smile one of the many things that sparkle this season.

If you’d like to whiten your teeth in time for the holidays, please contact our office in Orinda, California, at (925) 272-2698 or schedule an appointment using our online booking tool.