Rethink Your Refund

April 15 is a dreaded day for some – and a delight for others. If you’re expecting bucks back from your tax return, why not invest in your oral health? No matter the size of your refund, there’s something you can nab to make your smile sparkle.

Tooth whitening
A professional whitening session with your dentist is the most expensive whitening option — and the fastest. In one to three sessions, you’ll have whiter teeth that will last up to five years. Your dentist can also make custom-fit trays for home bleaching.1

For those less splurge-oriented, over-the-counter whitening kits take longer to work, since the bleaching agent isn’t as strong as what your dentist uses, but they are more wallet-friendly.1 Consult your dentist before starting any whitening routines.

An electric toothbrush
As long as users brush for the recommended two minutes using the proper techniques, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as electric versions. However, studies show that electric models can help people with braces, parents brushing their young children’s teeth, and anyone with arthritis in their hands or wrists.2

A visit to the dentist
Because Delta Dental pays for certain preventive measures, you can get a checkup even if you owed Uncle Sam this year. If you’re due for your regular exam, call your dentist. S/he can suggest other options to improve your oral health, regardless of your budget.

1 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21276
2 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,HD25


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