Besides the food, one of the best things about Thanksgiving is getting the entire family together. It’s time to catch up on what’s happened since you last saw everyone, enjoy each other’s company and take pictures to remember the good times. This Thanksgiving, look your best for friends and family with professional teeth whitening.

Why do your teeth change color?

Food and drink are the most common culprits that cause discoloration to the teeth, but not the only reason. As you get older, the outer shell of the tooth, the enamel, wears thin and lets the softer layer, a yellowish dentin, show through. Tobacco use is another reason your teeth may stain. Some medications cause your teeth to turn yellow. Trauma to your tooth can also cause it to become discolored.

Does whitening work for all teeth?

Teeth whitening is a fairly common cosmetic process, but may not correct all types of discoloration. If your tooth discoloration is caused by a tooth injury, the whitening process may not be effective. The level of discoloration matters, too. The worse the discoloration, the less your teeth may respond to the process. There may be better options to get the smile you want. You may require alternative treatment, such as veneers, crowns or even dental implants.

Talk to a cosmetic dentist

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic process that does not have many side effects. The most common is sensitivity of the teeth. Overusing whiteners can damage the tooth enamel, which is why you should talk to your cosmetic dentist before beginning treatment. Whitening toothpastes may not work for your type of discoloration.

Dr. Naran offers exceptional dental care, whether you want cosmetic dentistry or need more intensive treatment to make your smile sparkle through the holidays. Call our office to make your appointment today and show off your beautiful teeth when you get together with friends and family on Thanksgiving.