To-Do List of the Bride-To-Be
Are you concerned with how your teeth will photograph on your wedding day? Many brides-to-be seek the dentist’s help before the big day. The most common issues are chipped, cracked, discolored, and stained teeth. Any bride with these and other issues can thankfully have the time to fix their dilema before their altar date if they start early enough in the planning stage to have dental care and treatment. Here are the most important things to consider.
Consult with your dentist. As early as possible see your dentist to find out what needs to be done. Consider the time frame for some corrective measures. Cosmetic veneers, for example, can take 2 to 3 months; while orthodontic treatments like straightening and realignment can take up to a year.
Go for a professional cleaning. It can reveal what your teeth really need. Consider cleaning first even before a whitening.
Have a professional whitening done. But don’t commit the mistake of having it done the day or night before. It’s generally not recommended in case of accidental exposure to the gum tissue, which can cause gingival irritation. Depending on the desired results, the whitening treatment and final results may take at least one to two weeks. It’s important not to rush it.
Daily Oral Maintenance
While at home, maintain oral health hygiene and practices. Have regular tooth brushing and flossing, and using mouthwash when necessary. An alcohol-free, colorless mouthwash is best, otherwise, it can weaken overall tooth structure and dry out dental work, such as composite bonding. Watch the toothpaste you’re using, avoiding those with abrasive ingredients like silica. Kaolin clay and bentonite clay are the safest, most effective, and least abrasive toothpaste. When it comes to tooth-staining drinks, like coffee, tea, red wine, and the like, better use a straw.
If you’ve run out of time to have any dental treatment done, you can consider some quick fixes. You can make your teeth look perfect, thus, staying away from gold jewelry that brings out yellowish tints. Use sparkly earrings instead that can make your teeth appear whiter. Don’t use magenta lipstick which can make teeth look yellow; but rather a true red can show the white teeth best, and rose, pink, and sheer colors offer contrast. For a any minor defect like stain or a crack on a tooth, dab a little petroleum jelly over it, to diffuse the effect in photos.
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Talk to us about your oral health plans for your big day. Rest assured we’ll prepare you for those picture-perfect smiles in photos to last a lifetime.