Three ways to have a brighter smile. (And none of them are a whitening procedure).

teeth-whitening-238x300 Seems like teeth whitening methods are everywhere – in toothpaste, floss and kits from the grocery store — and at the dentist. It is certainly one of the biggest trends in personal hygiene and style. And according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, it is the most requested cosmetic dental procedure.

Part of the reason for the procedure’s popularity is our dissatisfaction with the natural darkening that happens to our teeth as we age. And so many things that are part of our daily diet — coffee, tea, wine, soda – discolor our teeth. But despite that, most of us have come to expect ourselves and everyone else to have bright smiles. (Even though teeth aren’t naturally that white.)

So teeth whitening is here to stay, with the products increasing and the results improving. But along with bleaching, there are other methods that can help make your smile look healthy and youthful. So whether you bleach or not, try adding these practices to your dental care methods for the brightest smile yet:

  1. Floss your teeth twice a day
    Healthy pink gums make white teeth appear even brighter, serving as the setting for your dazzling smile. Inflamed or bleeding gums aren’t just unattractive; they’re an indicator of gum disease.
  2. Eat healthy crunchy snacks
    Choose raw fruits and vegetable at snack time, such as carrots and apples. These types of foods massage your gums when you eat and help you produce more saliva, both of which help wash away cavity- and disease-causing bacteria.
  3. See you dentist regularly
    The deep cleaning that you can only get at the dentist’s office can be a whitening procedure of its own. The procedure clears away plaque and surface stains and stimulates your gums for a healthier, pink appearance.

And here’s a bonus tip for women:
When it comes to your lips, choose colors that make your teeth appear whiter – those that have blue undertones.

At William Lake Smiles we offer everything from teeth whitening to repair and replacement. Call us today for a consultation, and see what we can do for your smile: (250) 398-8411

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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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