Whitening for the Wedding
You want to look your best at your wedding and that doesn't just stop at choosing the right dress, makeup, and hairstyle. You'll be doing a lot of smiling that day, both for the cameras and your guests, so having a set of perfect pearly whites is important.
We're not going to sugarcoat it for you. If you've been a fan of coffee and red wine for years, then you shouldn't expect to sleep with a whitening strip and wake up the next day with impeccably white teeth.
We suggest you start the process 2-3 months prior to your big day. This gives you enough time to evaluate the results and continue whitening if your teeth aren't the shade you want them to be, we would recommend discontinuing any whitening at least a week before the wedding to avoid post-op sensitivity.
In general, there are three options you can choose from: professional whitening in a dental office, professionally made trays for your teeth for whitening at home, or over-the-counter whitening products.
↠ The whitening offered in a dental office is a higher concentration of bleach, meaning better results but at a high cost.
↠ Take-home trays made by a dentist to use at home are slightly less expensive and can work well. They are reusable, meaning you only have to purchase tubes of whitening from your dentist when you want to brighten,
↠ Over-the-counter whitening products are disposable and can improve your smile, but the low-level concentration means you'll have to whiten more often and for longer periods to achieve the same results.
If you decide to go with the over-the-counter option, do your homework before spending any money—some products work better than others and you don't want to end up disappointed right before your wedding if the results are not satisfying.
The best way to maintain the shade of your teeth, is to avoid contact with foods and drinks that have the highest tendency to re-stain them. The foods that will have the greatest effect on your teeth are the ones that are both heavily pigmented and acidic. The acidity etches the surface of your teeth to open up the 'pores' and make them more susceptible to stain. Dark wines, marinara sauce, coffee, and tea are kryptonite for your teeth.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Early On
Weddings mark such momentous days in our lives, and our smiles are a big part of them, the last thing you want to worry about is a toothache on your wedding day or on your honeymoon.
If you don’t see a dentist regularly, the time leading up to your wedding can be a great time to start. Schedule an appointment a few months out to avoid painful and possibly expensive problems around your wedding.
We once cared for a patient whose wisdom teeth were infected less than two weeks before her wedding. Having regular dental visits can help reduce your chances of a dental emergency or needing a procedure that close to the wedding. Need to see a dentist? Contact today!
Wedding Day Must-Haves
If your bridesmaids are putting together an emergency kit, there’s one item we recommend bringing along. Have one of your bridesmaids carry floss and little compact mirror to make sure there’s nothing in your teeth and everything looks good.
Regular brushing and cleaning between your teeth should help your breath stay fresh, but feel free to also pack some sugarless gum if you need a breath boost during the day. Also, avoid food that can leave your breath not as fresh, like onions or garlic.
Commit to a Daily Dental Routine
Your wedding is just one small part of a long life with your partner. When it comes to your dental routine, don’t let it slide after tying the knot. Keep a healthy dental routine together with your partner.
Come visit us every 6 month to get your cleaning done and ensure your teeth stay healthy and sparkly white.
Dentist near Summerlin: Lake Mead Dental 702-304-1234
Dentist near Henderson: Wigwam Dental Care: 702- 617-3333
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