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How to Perfect Your Graduation Smile

How to Perfect Your Graduation Smile

With graduation season approaching, students will have two things on their minds: acing the finals and looking great in their graduation photos.

Although Bloor West Smiles’ dental hygienist team can’t help with your finals, we can help get your smile ready for picture day. We offer professional teeth cleaning services that brighten your smile, while also protecting your long-term oral health. Additionally, we have other cosmetic dentistry services, so you can smile with confidence.

Keep reading to learn more about how to perfect your graduation smile with Bloor West Smiles!

1. Straighten your teeth

Before the photographer takes your portrait, they may remind you to “sit up straight!” Good posture—with your shoulders pulled back and head held high (you are graduating, after all)—will help you look your best in your graduation photo. However, your posture isn’t the only thing that benefits from straightening up—your smile does too!

Invisalign is a popular and discreet way to straighten misaligned teeth, resulting in a straighter, more photogenic smile. Over the course of several months, you will wear a series of clear aligners that gradually and gently guide your teeth into the desired positions. Since the aligners are made from a clear plastic, they’re practically undetectable.

Treatment lengths vary depending on the severity of your case. Minor adjustments are often completed in 3–4 months, whereas more complex cases of misalignment can take 12–18 months. Consequently, the best time to start your Invisalign journey is now, especially if you’re graduating in the next one or two years.

2. Professional teeth cleaning

When you stop by Bloor West Smiles for your regular examination, you also receive a thorough dental cleaning.

This appointment is crucial for your long-term oral health, since it gives our dentists an opportunity to examine your mouth for developing health issues. Dental cleaning also helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease by removing built-up plaque and tartar deposits. Furthermore, this deep cleaning can make your smile more photo-ready.

A professional teeth cleaning is an easy way to improve your smile’s appearance. During your appointment, your Bloor West Smiles hygienist removes yellowish plaque and stains from every tooth. Without any plaque, teeth can look cleaner and whiter.

“Scaling” refers to the process of cleaning away plaque and tartar. Next, comes polishing. Using a polishing paste and electric brush, your dentist cleans and polishes your teeth to get rid of any remaining tartar and stains. The end result is a brighter and healthier smile.

It’s important to visit Bloor West Smiles for a checkup and cleaning every six months. Not only is this crucial for maintaining your oral health, but it also maintains your smile’s bright appearance.

3. Brighten your smile with teeth whitening

When you visit Bloor West Smiles for routine checkups and professional cleaning, you can also ask about our teeth whitening services. That way, you’ll have a brighter, whiter smile to show off in your graduation photos.

Brightening your smile is easy with Bloor West Smiles. We offer custom-made take-home whitening trays that safely and effectively remove staining and discolouration.

After meeting with us for an initial treatment and custom-fitting of your trays, you complete the treatment in the comfort of your own home. It’s straightforward and convenient!

Unlike over-the-counter whitening methods, professional whitening treatments are reliable, long-lasting, and completely safe. Many over-the-counter products contain ingredients that are damaging to your teeth’s protective enamel and can cause other side-effects. Hydrogen peroxide, for example, can cause tooth sensitivity as it pierces through the enamel.

What happens during a teeth cleaning at Bloor West Smiles?

Oral Hygiene Assessment

Your appointment begins with a review of your medical and dental history. This helps your hygienist determine if there are any medical conditions that could affect your treatment, or that you’re at a higher risk for developing in the future. The hygienist assesses your teeth, gums, and tongue, as well as your head and neck.


Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not removed. Whereas some plaque can be addressed with at-home flossing, tartar removal requires special dental tools. Your hygienist uses a hand instrument or a vibrating ultrasonic instrument to free your teeth and gum line from harmful (and unsightly) plaque and tartar deposits.

Stain Removal and Polishing

Once all plaque and tartar are removed, your hygienist begins polishing your teeth to remove any remaining stains and discolouration. It also ensures that all surfaces of your teeth are thoroughly cleaned. This is done using a special gritty polishing paste and a polishing cup. Afterwards, your smile is noticeably brighter, whiter, and cleaner.

Fluoride Treatment

The final stage of your dental hygienist appointment is a fluoride treatment. Fluoride plays a vital role in ensuring your dental health because it strengthens your tooth enamel. When your enamel is strong, you are less likely to develop cavities or tooth sensitivity.

How often should you get your teeth cleaned?

The longer you wait between appointments, the more plaque and stains build up on your teeth. Your bright, freshly cleaned smile fades. There are more tartar deposits and stains to remove at your next appointment. Consequently, you may have to spend longer in the dentist’s chair as the hygienist scales and polishes your teeth.

You should visit Bloor West Smiles every six months for an oral hygienist appointment. Doing so helps maintain a bright, healthy-looking smile throughout the year.

Why should you choose Bloor West Smiles for your oral hygiene needs?

At Bloor West Smiles, our team of highly-trained and experienced dental hygienists perform regular preventative cleanings to keep your teeth bright and your mouth healthy.

Our goal is to help you maintain good oral hygiene for many years to come. Additionally, we monitor for early warning signs of gum disease and oral cancer, and can help you develop an oral health care program.

Our hygienists have been with us for many years, which means you will be treated by the same familiar face every time you visit. This allows you to develop a trusting relationship with your hygienist. You’ll have a true long-term partner safeguarding your oral health.

Looking for teeth cleaning services in Bloor West?

Bloor West Smiles recommends regular preventative cleanings to ensure your long-term oral health, while keeping your smile bright and photo-ready. We have a team of highly experienced, trained, and licensed dental hygienists that are ready to assist you.

To learn more about our teeth cleaning services in Bloor West, call Bloor West Smiles at 647-371-1407 or contact us here.

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