Your “Big Day” is just around the corner and all eyes will be on your wedding dress, your fabulous up-do and your sparkling smile! Considering that you will likely be posing for hundreds of photos (and video), why not get your pearly-whites in top form too? You’ve already spent months lining up the perfect venue, the right caterer, and the best photographer, but is your smile really ready for those impending nuptials? Here are some easy tips to help let your smile shine on your big wedding day!
Before starting a tooth whitening treatment on your own, pay a visit to your cosmetic dentist. Only a professional can make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, cavity-free, and ready for a bleaching treatment. They can also ensure there are no lurking dental disasters, like a loose crown or veneer that could potentially ruin an otherwise flawless day. After a thorough cleaning, your dentist can recommend either an at-home teeth whitening kit or an in-office treatment, depending on the severity of your discoloration. Remember that either treatment can lighten your teeth 5 to 8 shades!
Now that your teeth are luminously white, take care to keep them that way. For the first week after a teeth whitening treatment, the pores on the tooth enamel are much more sensitive to staining. In short, avoid food and beverages that may tarnish your lovely new smile. Steer clear of berries, wine, coffee, soy sauce and tea. You can also use a straw to drink cola, coffee and other staining drinks.
Did you know that raw fruits and vegetables help to clean tooth enamel as you chew? Apples, celery, carrots, broccoli and radishes act as a natural, yet gentle abrasive to keep those chompers clean. And because they’re high in soluble fiber, you get the added benefit of better digestion.
Lipstick choice makes all the difference for that wedding-day smile. According to professional makeup artists, brides-to-be should avoid corals, oranges and browns since they can cast a yellowish hue on the teeth. A bold red lipstick is the way to go, since it accentuates the whiteness of your teeth. Keep in mind that matte lipsticks, while they may last hours, can make your teeth look darker. Instead, opt for a shimmer formula that reflects light, or apply a layer of lip gloss on top.
Want a wedding day smile that looks genuine and not forced? You can start by practicing in the mirror and looking at old photos to achieve the angle that best accentuates your grin. You may also want to note how much of your teeth you show when smiling.
Ready to begin Mission: Perfect Wedding Smile? Visit Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry for a free consultation with Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick, and be sure to ask about our special offers on in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments!
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