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Get Your Smile Photo Ready By Our Calgary Dentist.

Get Your Smile Photo Ready By Our Calgary Dentist.

 By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

Congratulations graduates! It’s that time of year again when students from high schools, universities, colleges and other secondary institutions are starting to prepare for the big day – graduation. You’ve worked hard for this major milestone in your life and you’ll want to celebrate all of your achievements that have taken so much time, effort and dedication (as best we can during these times of Covid-19).

Although this year it looks like most graduates will have to skip the big parties, you will undoubtedly still want to participate in the time-honoured tradition of having your graduation portraits taken.  Undoubtedly, your friends and family will also want to mark this special occasion by taking many photos (even if they have to be from a distance) and you’ll probably snap a few selfies yourself.  To prepare for your photos and celebrations, you’ll be busy choosing the perfect outfits and making appointments for haircuts, blow-outs, and perhaps even makeup and nail appointments. While it’s important that your clothing, hair and makeup look fabulous, our Calgary dentist wants to remind you to not forget about one of the most important parts of your graduation photos – your smile!

Because your smile will be front and centre in your graduation photos, ensuring that your smile is in tip top shape is important. Here are some cosmetic dentistry options that are recommended by our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, to consider so you can look and feel your very best for this important time of your life:


A chip in one or more of your teeth can distract from the natural beauty of your smile. A chipped tooth or teeth can be easily fixed by our Calgary dentist in one visit using tooth coloured filling material that is matched with your enamel to seamlessly blend with your natural tooth, ensuring a symmetrical and cosmetically pleasing appearance.  If you don’t have a chip in your tooth but are unhappy with the shape of one or more teeth, our Calgary dentist can often change the shape of your tooth with tooth coloured composite to relatively easily achieve the aesthetic result you’re seeking.


The life of a student is not easy! Late nights cramming for exams and finishing papers can mean a lot of coffee, tea and cola consumption. Although these types of foods may give you the energy boost you need, they also tend to leave your teeth stained and not as bright and white as you may wish them to be.

Teeth whitening is a relatively quick solution to brighten food-stained teeth or teeth that are naturally less white than you may prefer. At our Calgary dental office, we’re pleased to offer several different types of teeth whitening. Our Calgary dentist offers in-office teeth whitening with a professional strength formula which can give immediate results up to 3 to 4 shades whiter. Our dental office also offers custom-made teeth whitening trays which can be used either during the day or in the evening, also with a professional strength whitening formula. The benefit to having your Calgary dentist provide whitening is that the strength of the whitening formula is higher than that which can be purchased over the counter and, for teeth whitening with custom-made trays, the trays will be molded exactly to your teeth, unlike generic molds purchased over the counter.

By having your teeth professionally whitened under the supervision of a dentist, you can also be assured of the teeth whitening product’s safety, authenticity and efficacy, which is not always the case with products purchased on some online sites. If you are considering teeth whitening, you should be aware that some types of teeth whitening take several applications to reach optimal benefits, so it is best to make an appointment to discuss teeth whitening with our Calgary dentist office at least one month prior to your graduation photo day.

QUICK TIP: Wearing a cooler shade of lipstick with blue undertones can help make your teeth look whiter!


If you’re considering some major cosmetic dental work, this may be an opportune time to take the leap! Not only will you be all spruced up for your graduation photos and celebrations, but you’ll be ready to present yourself confidently at future job interviews and opportunities. For university and college graduates, you may also wish to consider that you may soon be losing the benefits of a parental insurance plan so you may wish to make a consultation appointment with our Calgary dentist to discuss what type of dental treatment you are interested in.  Our Calgary dentist would be pleased to answer all of your questions and, if you have dental insurance, submit a pre-determination to your dental insurer to determine if you have any insurance coverage for the proposed dental treatment.


Not only does a beautiful smile enhance your appearance, but its health benefits will serve you well for your entire lifetime. Keeping your smile healthy with regular dental hygiene cleanings and appointments with your dentist will not only help to whiten and brighten and your smile, but it will also help to detect any dental issues you may have before they become a major dental problem. And, as you age, you can benefit from a healthy smile as it can also lower your risk of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.  Keeping regular dental appointments also decreases your chances of having a dental emergency and avoiding a visit to a Calgary emergency dentist.

To maintain both the health and beauty of your smile, before you head to your graduation photos and celebrations, make an appointment at our Calgary dentist office for a dental hygiene cleaning and dental check-up. At your dental hygiene cleaning appointment, your hygienist will remove any plaque and stain buildup on your teeth, which will not only keep your teeth and gums healthy, but will also brighten your smile.  At that appointment, our dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, will also conduct a thorough examination of your teeth to make sure that you don’t have any cavities or other dental concerns.

If you would like to meet with our Calgary dentist and find out how we can help make your smile photo ready for your graduation, call our Calgary dentist today. Congratulations grads! You’ve earned it!

Please be advised that this blog post is for informational purposes only.  It is not to be taken or used as a substitute for dental, medical or other professional advice, treatment or diagnosis.  Always ask your dentist, physician or other healthcare professional for advice before altering your diet or healthcare routine.  Individual patient needs and oral healthcare concerns vary so please consult your dentist for more informtion about your specific dental health requirements.

Copyright: Dirk A. Thompson Professional Corporation operating as Advance Your Health Dental.  Dr. Dirk A. Thompson, D.D.S., is a general dentist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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