When it comes to your wedding day, everyone wants it to be perfect. Unfortunately, be it due to genetics, an affinity for coffee or for another reason, not everyone has the perfect smile. Because of this, many people want to try and improve their smile before their wedding day or another special occasion where pictures will be taken. Below, we explain how to ensure your teeth are picture perfect for your special occasion.
Teeth Whitening Before Your Wedding
A number of people look into teeth whitening options ahead of their wedding. White smiles contrast well with a black suit, while stained teeth can be more noticable if you’re in a white dress, so it should come as no surprise that happy couples look into teeth whitening options before the big day. As a dentist who has performed whitening procedures ahead of weddings or special occasions, here’s my advice.
- Have a dentist perform the whitening procedure – While this may seem a little self serving, it’s in your best interest to have a dental professional handle the whitening ahead of your big day. You’re probably not cutting your own hair before your wedding, so don’t whiten your own teeth. There’s just too much that can go wrong when you try to use an at-home kit, so trust it to a dentist.
- Immediate results – Another benefit of having a dentist perform your whitening operation is that you’ll be able to see the results right away. Unlike whitening strips that slowly whiten your teeth over the course of several weeks, a professional whitening will have your smile looking brighter as soon as you walk out of the office. This also makes it a great option for people who put off whitening their teeth until the last minute.
- Balanced Appearance – Another important reason to have your teeth professionally whitened is because it will ensure that all your teeth are whitened evenly and your smile is balanced. Whitening strips may not evenly hit every surface of your teeth, which can lead to discoloration in some spots. You don’t want a spotty or blotchy smile, and you won’t have one if you trust your whitening to a dentist.
Other Teeth Whitening Tips
If you plan ahead far enough in advance or want to try at-home whitening options, go for it, but keep these tips in mind. For starters, do it well enough in advance that if you don’t like the finished product you can have it adjusted or re-whitened by a dental professional. Next, make sure you only use products with the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. The seal means that those products are trusted by the ADA and should protect your teeth as long as you follow the instructions.
Finally, it’s also a good idea to have regular dental cleanings and checkups leading up to your big day. This will help catch and treat any potential problems before they arise, and they’ll help keep your teeth nice and clean. When you’re not at the dentist, make sure you’re brushing at least twice a day and flossing between meals to keep your smile looking great!
For more information about dental whitening, or for other helpful smile tips, reach out to Dr. Brooks’ office today.