On your wedding day, your smile will be front and center of every snap, tweet, and photo. With your face framed by a white veil, a white dress, and white flowers, the last thing you want is yellow teeth! Not to worry, though: we’ve compiled the following list of tips to help you score a dazzling smile for your wedding day.
If your wedding is a month or two away, start cutting back on stain-inducing foods like wine, coffee, cherries, and tomatoes. Curry, balsamic vinegar, soda, and sports drinks are also likely culprits of teeth staining, as their acidity can erode enamel and cause discoloration. There’s no need to cut out coffee and wine forever, but cutting back on these foods for a few weeks will keep your teeth as white as possible. As an added bonus, giving up sugary beverages will help your skin look radiant when you’re walking down the aisle.
Many brands offer over-the-counter teeth whitening options, like whitening strips and toothpastes, but the dentist’s office will always be your best bet for a fast, professional, snow-white smile. One professional whitening session can lighten your teeth by two to three shades, and it’s always safer to whiten under your dentist’s watchful eye. Friendly Dentistry offers free teeth whitening for first time patients, so if you’ve never had an appointment with us before, you’ll be able to take whitening out of the budget (and spend it on, oh, we don’t know—a bigger cake?)
Once you arrive for your professional whitening appointment, our dentists will apply a special whitening gel to your teeth and expose it to a bleach-activating light. The process is safe, painless, and extremely effective. We’ll send you home with a teeth whitening kit to use every night for 2 weeks. The total professional whitening process can lighten teeth by up to 5 or 6 shades.
Professional teeth whitening can cost $500 to $1,500, a pretty penny for a budget-crunched bride. That’s why, if you’re unable to take advantage of our free teeth whitening offer, you may be interested in at-home teeth whitening trays. Your dentist can create custom-fitted bleaching trays which will gradually whiten your teeth over the course of 10 days. The bleach solution is weaker than in-office whitening gel, but is still stronger than over-the-counter whitening kits. Custom whitening trays usually costs about $300-$600.
Many popular dental brands offer teeth whitening strips which cost around $25 a box. This may seem like a great deal, but remember that like most things in life, the least expensive whitening solution is also the least effective. Whitening strips generally only make a noticeable difference in individuals who already have very light teeth. Professional whitening treatments use higher levels of peroxide than over-the-counter products, meaning results will be more dramatic and immediate. For something as important as a wedding, we highly recommend avoiding cheap teeth whitening and opting for either professional in-office treatments or custom-made whitening trays.
This should go without saying, but you should never undergo a big cosmetic treatment right before an important event. If you’ve never whitened your teeth before, there’s always a chance that you’ll have an allergic reaction or that the treatment will not be as effective as you wanted it to be—in which case your dentist will need time to develop a recourse.
On the other hand, don’t whiten too far in advance. Most people have trouble swearing off wine, coffee, and tomatoes for just a few weeks–so abstaining for months isn’t very likely! For the best whitening results, we recommend scheduling your appointment 2 to 3 weeks before the big day.
Right before you walk down the aisle, touch up your teeth with a whitening pen, apply some bright contrasting lipstick, and practice your best angles in the mirror. Then relax, breathe, and smile bright—because the best day of your life has finally arrived, and your teeth are ready for it.
If you’d like to schedule a free tooth whitening appointment in our Greensboro dentistry office, sign up to become a new patient here. If you’d like to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry procedures like Invisalign and Veneers, check out our site. Need some more smile-spiration? Check out our post on the Top Celebrity Smiles of 2016.