The Gift of a Holiday Smile

Do you have people on your holiday gift list who are difficult to shop for? Maybe they disdain materialism. Or, they could have limitless funds, so they have already purchased everything they want or need. If you have such a recipient on your holiday list, read on. This blog post offers unique gift ideas for everyone on your list, even those who leave you stumped! 

Brighter Smile

Whether your budget is double digits or unlimited, you could give the gift of a beautiful smile. While you may not be able to afford orthodonture, you could provide a dental whitening kit. These are available over the counter as well as in our office. So, pick your poison and start wrapping! 

1. In Home OTC Systems

One of the highest rated commercially available teeth bleaching kits is called SNOW. An in-home system, this comes in at the +$130 price range. And results take weeks. The company claims that there is no sensitivity with their system. But the product requires daily use. Snow is spendy because they pay so many celebrity endorsers like Chris Kardashian and Ellen DeGeneres. Do you think that mega millionaires whiten their teeth with products like this? Guess again. They head straight to the dentist office for professional teeth whitening. So, if you plan to spend this much, may we recommend you come into Blue Ocean Dentistry and pre-pay for your loved one to have in-office treatment? We could fit your loved one with a customized take-home kit that will brighten their smile without breaking the bank. 

2. Smile Clubs

For about $70 per month, you can subscribe to a tooth whitening service. In exchange for your monthly contribution, the vendor sends you a new bleaching kit every month. Since tooth whitening is temporary, you should know that you will need to pay the subscription service every month in perpetuity, unless your loved one plans to avoid eating and drinking permanently after whitening their teeth. Consider the overall cost before going down that rabbit hole. If you pay for someone to belong to such a club, you’ll have invested $840 in their gift in just one year! So, subscribing to such a service is pricier than an in-office treatment. There are a few different methods for whitening teeth in the office. We can whiten them from the outside-in or the inside-out.  External whitening is also known as “laser” or “power” whitening. We will put a rubber seal around your loved one’s teeth to protect their gums. Then, the whitening gel is painted onto teeth and a special, bright light is pointed at them. This light speeds up the whitening process. The procedure takes one to two hours. 

On the other hand, internal whitening is for teeth that have had root canal treatment. The gums are isolated from the teeth and an opening is made from the back side of the tooth. A strong whitening solution is placed on a cotton pellet and then the opening is temporarily sealed. This is left for about a week and then the color is checked. The tooth will usually take two or three visits to whiten in this manner.

3. Our favorite option– A Dental Office Gift Card

If you would like to provide professional tooth whitening, give our office a call (626) 852-6999. We can put together a custom package for you to give to someone you love. And the best part is that we know what we are doing, so you won’t just be giving the gift of a brighter smile. You’ll be helping your loved one achieve optimal dental health. 

Whatever holidays you celebrate, we wish you and your loved ones a blessed holiday season!

About Dr. Fred Wong of Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora, California

Dr. Fred Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 852-6999.