Brightening Your Smile For Your Wedding Day
Brightening Your Smile For Your Wedding Day
What’s the most important beauty accessory for a bride? Her smile on her wedding day! It’s guaranteed to be captured on film, and makes a much bigger impact than all the cosmetics money can buy. Make sure you’re as beautiful as you can possibly be with our tips on brightening up that bridal smile.
We know you’ve been taking care of your teeth all your life, but have you been doing it right? To get your wedding day smile as bright and healthy as you can, remember these often overlooked details:
- The right toothbrush is essential to keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. We recommend you step up to a quality toothbrush designed to fit your needs. If your manual brush is old, the bristles bent or too soft, you might not be cleaning your teeth effectively. The Oral-B Triumph indicates to you when the brush head needs to be replaced so there’s no guesswork. Take some time to research the best brush for you, and then make brushing an essential part of your daily routine.
- Flossing may seem like a pain, but skipping it can do major damage to your oral health and ensure you’ll be popping breath mints on a regular basis. Look for floss that’s proven to effectively remove plaque between teeth and below the gum line, resists shredding, and glides easily between teeth (Glide, Butler GUM, and Oral-B all have versions that do all three). If dealing with lengths of string irritates you, try floss sticks or individual flossers.
- Professional cleanings are recommended every six months for a reason – dentists and dental hygienists have tools and tricks that we simply don’t have that get in deep, remove plaque, and get your teeth scrupulously clean. If you haven’t been going like clockwork, start now.
- Wedding day cleanings are not recommended, because while your whites may never be pearlier,your gums may still be red, tender and inflamed. Experts advise you schedule your cleaning 4 or 5 days before the wedding.
Once done discreetly by superstars, teeth whitening has come down to earth both in procedure and in price. In fact, brides and grooms are routinely having their teeth whitened before the big day.
The Doctor Is In
There are three distinct whitening services offered by dental professionals. We spoke to Dr. Graziano Giglio, a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and clinical associate professor at New York University College of Dentistry for details about these in-office methods.
- Laser Whitening is the newest service on the market. After the patient’s soft tissue is protected, a peroxide solution is applied to the teeth. A laser then initiates a reaction with the peroxide. Patients are able to see results extremely quickly; however, Dr. Giglio warns that, although the results can be stunning and fast, the procedure itself can be pricey. Some popular systems available to dentists are ZOOM, and BriteSmile.
- Power or Chair-Side Whitening is essentially in-office tooth whitening, an accelerated version of at-home whitening. Though less expensive than laser whitening, power or chair-side whitening can be costly. Results are often dramatic, and immediate. According to Dr. Giglio, the patient must come into the office for two whitening sessions, each lasting about one half-hour. A high concentration of peroxide solution, usually around 35%, is injected in the custom dental tray. Because the concentration of peroxide is higher, some patients experience minor sensitivity. And as with laser whitening, in addition to the in-office session, the patient is usually required to wear a dental tray at home.
- At-Home whitening, purchased from your dentist, is the slowest process of the three dental professional options, but it is also the least expensive. Depending on the system, custom trays coated with a 12% – 16% peroxide solution are worn two hours in the morning, two hours a night, or all night long. Many systems require the patient come into the dental office each week, where a dental professional checks on his/her progress, and makes sure the peroxide solution is not irritating his/her gums. Depending on the regimen, it usually takes between 2-6 at-home sessions to achieve desired results.
In Supermarkets Everywhere
These whitening methods can be purchased online, in the supermarket, or at health and beauty stores, to get your teeth ready for your wedding day.
- Whitening strips are a comparatively inexpensive version of at-home whitening. The strips contain the same enamel-safe ingredient that dentists use. When worn, the strip holds whitening gel against the tooth long enough to get at stains beneath the surface of your teeth. White strips come in various strengths and different versions; for example, over-the-counter Crest White Strips come in Classic (6% hydrogen peroxide), Premium (10% hydrogen peroxide) Professional (designed for sensitive teeth), and Supreme (14% hydrogen peroxide for aggressive whitening). Whitening strips are also available at the dentist in professional strength.
- Also relatively inexpensive, boil-and-bite trays are used in conjunction with a peroxide solution. But, because the whitening is not done under medical supervision, the peroxide solution must be fairly weak. As a result, whitening is often achieved only after a long period (sometimes 6 months).
- Whitening Toothpaste contains an active ingredient that you literally brush onto your teeth. While some dentists support the use of tooth-whitening toothpaste products as a means to maintain a white shade, many dentists warn patients not to expect dramatic results. The reason: even if you brush your teeth two or three times a day with these products, the whitening solution is not present on your teeth long enough to dramatically lighten them.
So whether you power brush your way to healthy and bright, or bleach a path to pearly and white, remember that a beautiful smile is the #1 asset on your wedding day.