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When the holidays roll around, families and friends get together. Once upon a time, if someone got a camera out, you would know it. And, if your smile wasn’t quite spectacular, you could quietly slip out of the room. But in the day in which every cell phone comes with a camera, there will be more pictures than ever during your get-togethers this year. If your discolored or darkened teeth make you want to hide you smile or hunt for the nearest exit, why not talk to our dentist about having a whitening treatment?  There are plenty of products on the store shelves that promise a brighter smile, but not all of them may get the job done, or be suitable for you. For a whitening treatment that is safe and effective, nothing beats a visit to the dentist! You will notice real results after your first treatment, and our dentist can even give you a kit to take home with you to keep your teeth looking your best.

Even with a professional treatment and a kit from our office, you still need to take steps to make sure that your grin continues to gleam. That means brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. If you smoke or use tobacco in any form, why not make a New Year’s resolution to quit? Not only will you be healthier, you will avoid the tobacco that stains your teeth brown, but also the nicotine that turns them yellow.  Dark colored foods and beverages can also stain your teeth. Red wine will dim your smile, but white wine has a higher acid content which can discolor your teeth. Hard cheeses and crunchy fruits and vegetables can keep your teeth clean, and provide vitamins and minerals to keep your smile healthy.

If you are thinking about a whitening treatment to get ready for the holidays, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Drs. Choi & Choi will be happy to see you If you live in the San Francisco, California area and would like to schedule your appointment at Richard Choi, DMD & Ryan Choi, DMD, call 415-986-1491 today!