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How to Get the Perfect Holiday Photo

The winter holidays are here, and that means friends, family and photo ops. But what happens when your smile isn’t quite as dazzling as the bright lights and tinsel of the season? You may not have the time or budget for a full-mouth reconstruction before the new year, but there’s still plenty you can do to make your teeth look whiter and healthier on a tight schedule - and budget!

Whitening Treatments
There are whitening treatments available at nearly every price point, from whitening gum, toothpaste, white strips, over-the-counter home bleach trays, prescription-only trays and whitening lasers, all the way up to veneers. If you need whiter teeth, there’s no shortage of options. So, which one is best?

Unfortunately, most over-the-counter products don’t have enough active ingredients to make a huge impact in a short amount of time, but if you start now you could notice a change in shade by the time the ball drops this New Year's Eve. But for best results and a minimal investment, in-office treatments like Zoom Whitening or bleach trays will get you the fastest results. Not enough? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Abelar for veneers and you could have the white teeth you’ve always dreamed of in about two weeks!

You’ve heard it before: Blue-based lipstick makes teeth look whiter, and orange-based, well, yellower. But this of course isn’t going to be useful to most men. Sorry, guys! But don’t despair - you can create a similar effect by wearing a blue, gray or black shirt and avoiding red, yellow or orange.

Watch What You Eat
Yeah, yeah. We hear that all the time. But it's true - if you want to keep your teeth looking white and bright, make sure your food choices aren’t holding you back. Cut back on coffee, soda or any foods with artificial colors, especially the day of an event. That glass of red wine tastes great but won’t look so great on your teeth!

Pack a Toothbrush
Going out for a celebration? Pack your brush and toothpaste to touch up those teeth between meals. Nobody wants parsley stuck to their teeth or wine or coffee stains. No room or time for a brush? Rinse your mouth vigorously with water immediately after eating.

Some of those social media sites may make you cringe, but they do have some pretty cool filters - and when we say "cool" we mean cool-toned, which will make your teeth look whiter before you post that photo for all the world (or just your friend list) to see.

ZOOM on Over to Dr. Abelar’s Office
Zoom Whitening can be done in one 90-minute session and dramatically whiten your teeth for a very affordable price. Dr. Abelar can also send you home with whitening trays that lighten your teeth from the comfort of your home, and with professional-grade ingredients that work better than those over-the-counter strips and trays.

If you want to get your smile in tip-top shape for photo season, give Dr. Abelar’s office a call today at 858-866-9692.

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