You’ve finally found the ONE! Wedding planning is underway. There are invitations to design, choosing the bridal party and wedding clothes, deciding which wedding venue to use, and getting to taste-test all those yummy wedding cakes. It’s a day you will remember for the rest of your life, and you want to get everything absolutely perfect.
Getting a talented photographer to document your big day is, of course, imperative. After all, those photos will live on in family albums forever. But even more important than getting the best photographer is making sure your smile is its best!
What can you do to make sure your smile is wedding photo ready? Here are some fast and affordable dental options that will do the job.
Brightening your smile
One of the quickest ways to enhance your smile is with teeth whitening. Teeth can become stained because of the foods you eat and drink, medications you may be taking, or the natural yellowing that comes with age. Professional whitening is the best way to remove built-up stains or yellowing. Your dentist may offer a variety of whitening options.
In-office whitening: This is done in your dentist’s office and can be done in two ways:
- Under the supervision of a dental professional, a gel is applied to your teeth, and the powerful whitening agent in it is activated by exposure to a special light. This treatment can dramatically whiten your teeth up to eight shades in just one hour.
- Custom-made mouth trays are created for you that will hold professional grade whitening gel securely against the surface of your teeth. Your dentist will supervise the treatment to make sure you achieve the degree of whitening you desire. Length of treatment will depend on how white you want your smile to be.
At-home whitening: This option is similar to the second mentioned above. Custom-made whitening trays and gel are provided for you that will ensure thorough and even whitening results. You will then be able to use this at home whenever and how often you want. You decide!
Nothing says “Bride” more than a gorgeous white dress and matching smile!
Repairing your smile
Bonding: If your smile is less than perfect because of chips or cracks, this is a very affordable solution for perfecting it. Bonding is one of the quickest and easiest ways to repair a tooth. A composite resin is color-matched to your teeth and then applied to the surface and shaped. Once you and the dentist are happy with the way it looks, it is hardened with a proprietary light and polished. It will blend beautifully with your smile and look natural.
The best thing about this treatment is that it can erase those irritating flaws in just one visit!
Straightening your smile
Crooked teeth can be embarrassing, especially on a day where your smile is the focal point of everyone’s attention. You may think you don’t have time to improve your smile before your wedding day, but there are a couple of orthodontic treatments you should consider.
Porcelain veneers: If your wedding day is just a few months away, porcelain veneers could be the right solution for you. Often called “instant orthodontics,” porcelain veneers are thin shells of enamel that are adhered to the front of the teeth, changing the shape, size, or color. If your teeth are only slightly crooked or are irregular in size, veneers can make over your smile in only two or three visits. Your dentist will be able to tell you if this is a good option for you.
Invisalign®: If you have more time before the big day arrives, say a year or so, then Invisalign® could be a great option for you. Invisalign uses a series of clear, polymer aligning trays to move your teeth into their correct position. The nearly invisible aligners can be removed to eat, brush, and floss. Treatment with Invisalign® typically takes about 12 months.
Smile for the camera
Having a white, straight, flawless smile will give you the confidence you need to smile big and bright on your special day. There will be no regrets as you look back over your wedding photos, only beautiful, happy smiles and happy memories. So, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and we hope it will be everything you dreamed it would be!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.