Your wedding day is, without a doubt, going to be one of the most important and memorable days of your life. As the center of attention, along with your groom, you are also going to be in more photographs on your wedding day than on virtually any other day of your life. From snaps taken by your professional photographer to candid selfies with your friends and family, you will be asked to – and hopefully, want to – smile continuously throughout the day… so much so that many brides complain that their face aches from perpetually grinning!
Unfortunately, if you are self-conscious or embarrassed about the color of your teeth, the idea of looking back on a smile that makes you unhappy may be too much to bear. Teeth that are discolored aren’t considered attractive, and any staining can look even more obvious if you choose, as so many brides do, to wear white on your special day.
Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you will need to smile with your lips closed in all of your wedding photos. There are things that you can do to lighten and brighten your teeth so that you have a natural, beautiful and infectious smile on your wedding day that you will be happy to share with those around you.
Here are our top teeth whitening tips for brides to get your smile looking fabulous for your big day.
Arrange For a Professional Dental Clean
Many brides might think that their teeth require bleaching in order to achieve a whiter, brighter shade. However, in some instances a professional grade clean carried out by your dentist may reveal that your teeth aren’t as discolored as you thought, and you may be happy with their shade. Even if you aren’t, and you are still planning on getting them whitened, a professional clean is necessary to prep them for the process and ensure you get the best possible results.
Stay on Top of Your Oral Care Routine at Home
Your teeth need to be healthy to be attractive and if you don’t take proper care of them at home, you could end up with decay and periodontal disease that must be treated before you can consider whitening. If you do need any work done, this could delay your whitening and mean that you may not be able to achieve the result you want ahead of your big day. Make sure you brush and floss daily as recommended by your dentist to keep your teeth in tip-top condition.
Follow a ‘White Smile’ Diet
Eating healthily isn’t the only type of diet you might be thinking about in the run-up to your wedding day. There is also something called a ‘white smile’ diet that is designed to both eliminate further discoloration and staining but also to help abrasively remove marks already present on your teeth. Eating foods such as apples and celery can be as effective as brushing your teeth. You should also avoid foods and drinks that are well known for staining teeth, such as coffee, red wine, barbecue sauce, red berries and more.
Schedule Your Professional Whitening
Professional, in-office tooth whitening has been shown to be the most effective, consistent and long-lasting way to transform the color of teeth. The bleach used is much higher grade than is available over the counter, and your dentist has the unique access to your teeth to ensure even coverage of the bleaching agent across your smile. Exactly how many appointments you will need will depend on your original tooth color, the shade you wish to achieve and how well your teeth respond to treatment. However, by scheduling teeth whitening in early, you will be sure to have enough time to achieve the brighter, more attractive smile that you deserve for your wedding day.
If you would like more tips on preparing your smile for your wedding day or more information on professional teeth whitening, please contact Back Mountain Dental in Shavertown, PA where our team would be happy to assist you (570) 696-1105.