From the moment you walk down the aisle, to the “I do” and the post-ceremony pictures, your teeth will be on show. And with good reason. You can’t help but smile on your wedding day!
So, if you want to dazzle your guests with a smile to match your dress, here are six things you can do to get your teeth wedding ready.
A nice day for whiter teeth
1. Plan ahead – chat to your dentist
The first thing you’ll want to do is book a time to speak with your dentist.
You might have a vague idea about what you want to do with your teeth — be it whitening treatments or straightening — but it’s always best to discuss this with a dental professional. Some of these treatments can take months, while specialist orthodontic treatments can often take up to a year.
If you want to have straight teeth for your wedding day, there are a couple of options for you to consider:
- Incognito Braces: These are braces that sit behind your teeth instead of in front. Discreet, comfortable, and effective, they’re customised just for you. The treatment time is also around 30% faster when compared with normal fixed systems.
- Invisalign: If the thought of metal braces is putting you off straightening your teeth for your wedding, there is an alternative. Invisalign’s invisible braces use a series of removable aligners, custom-made for your teeth. You simply remove and replace each aligner every two weeks until, little by little, your teeth move towards their projected final position. Invisalign aligners are removable, comfortable, and clear — so hardly anyone will notice you’re straightening your teeth.
Whether you’re looking for a brighter smile or straighter teeth, your dentist should be able to recommend an effective course of action within your available time frame and budget. Just remember to plan well in advance of your big day to make sure you get the picture-perfect smile you deserve.
2. Arrange a pre-wedding clean
Before you try any over-the-counter teeth whitening treatment, book yourself in for a pre-wedding cleaning.
A routine scale and polish might be enough to leave your teeth feeling clean and fresh, but an appointment with a dental hygienist is time and money well-spent. After all, they’re professionals at cleaning teeth, and they have the necessary instruments, equipment and know-how to get the job done.
While dentists often only have a limited amount of time to clean your teeth, dental hygienists can focus on cleaning each tooth individually, removing staining and restoring your pearly whites to their brilliant best.
3. Choose your toothpaste and mouthwash carefully
If you want to achieve a bright white smile in time for your wedding day, your at-home oral health is every bit as important as professional dental treatments. This means you need to take care when selecting your toothpaste and mouthwash.
Whitening toothpaste containing abrasive ingredients (such as silica) can be counterproductive, especially if you have sensitive teeth. Instead, look for a toothpaste that’s safe on enamel, safe for sensitive teeth and gums, and capable of removing surface stains.
Meanwhile, your choice of mouthwash could have a big say on your smile. Those containing alcohol tend to dry out dental work, while also weakening the structure of the tooth. Try an alcohol-free, colourless, natural formula mouthwash instead.
And remember to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. When the bristles become frayed, they lose their effectiveness. A new toothbrush gets into the hard-to-reach places and tends to remove more plaque, leaving your teeth clean and healthy.
4. Start whitening
But don’t leave it to the night before! Whitestrips and whitening kits can take between 7 and 14 days to be effective, depending on your desired results. Trying to squeeze it in on the eve of your wedding could lead to gum irritation and a painful wedding day.
You want to enjoy a beautiful, beaming grin as you walk down the aisle. The last thing you need is to be nursing a sore mouth.
5. Watch what you eat
Many brides (and grooms) switch to a pre-wedding diet to make sure they look camera-ready. But the food and drink you consume can have a major impact on your teeth too:
- Fibre-rich raw fruits and vegetables are naturally abrasive and can actually help clean teeth as you munch away;
- Calcium-rich foods, such as cheese, yoghurt, or low-fat or fat-free milk help promote strong teeth and bones;
- Phosphorus, found in fish, dairy, lean meat, eggs, nuts and beans is vital for strong teeth;
- And citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes and peppers are packed with vitamin C, which helps promote gum health.
And to keep your teeth white, avoid dark and sticky foods and drinks. Red wine, coffee and balsamic vinegar are particularly bad for staining teeth.
6. Use a straw
Can’t kick the caffeine habit? Well, if the stresses of wedding planning have you reaching for a coffee, it’s a good idea to carry a straw!
Why? The straw will help keep the coffee from coming into direct contact with your teeth, minimising the possibility of staining. Sure, you might look and feel a little odd sipping your giant Starbucks latte through a bendy straw, but you won’t care a jot when your big day rolls around and your bright white smile is proudly on display.
Say yes to a brighter, straighter smile
If you’d like to find out more about how our specialist orthodontic treatments can have your teeth wedding ready, get in touch for an initial consultation.