Every last detail from the centerpieces to your photographer are planned out to make your special day come together flawlessly. But, don’t forget to add teeth whitening to the to-do list. After all, you won’t be able to contain your smile as you celebrate!
When you should whiten
Depending on the type of whitening treatment you use, the teeth whitening process will vary. However, it’s crucial that you don’t wait until the last minute to whiten your teeth. To get the best results, it will require a little planning to ensure that your teeth are treated properly and effectively. As soon as you set a wedding date, pick out what kind of whitening procedure you want to do so you can plan it into your schedule.
Different ways to whiten teeth:
Over-the-Counter Whitening Rinses and toothpaste
Treatment length: about 4 weeks
If you’re happy with the look of your teeth and you want to brighten them up just a bit, you can try using a whitening toothpaste and rinse as a part of your daily hygiene regimen. Although it takes about a month to really see an improvement on whiteness, you can start using it long before your wedding day to get your teeth whiter.
Whitening toothpaste uses mild abrasives to gently polish teeth and remove stains as you brush. Whitening mouthwash usually has peroxide as a bleaching agent to brighten your teeth.
Treatment length: 3-4 weeks
If you need a more intensive treatment, teeth whitening strips may be a better option for you. The ingredients on the plastic strips adhere to your teeth and penetrate the pores, giving them a deeper whitening treatment. They typically contain a bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide to brighten teeth.
Professional Whitening Treatments
Custom Whitening Tray
Treatment Length: Varies (Usually 1-2 weeks)
At Oakton Family Dentistry, you’ll have custom trays made to fit your teeth, giving you a more uniform coverage. The whitening gel is for professional use only, so it contains a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth. You will apply a gel in your fitted tray and wear the trays anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight, before removing the tray and rinsing your teeth. Click Here to learn more about KöR whitening at Oakton Family Dentistry.
In Office Whitening
Treatment length: 90+ minutes per session
KöR MAX is a versatile and super-effective whitening system that combines at-home whitening with a single in-office whitening visit. This option provides the very best possible whitening result for the average patient.
Treatment: 2 weeks of at-home nighttime whitening with KöR-Night; a single in-office whitening visit, and periodic at-home maintenance.
Depending on the state of your teeth, you may want to use a whitening treatment that has lighter concentrations of bleaching agent, especially if you already have sensitive teeth.
Additional tips for a perfect wedding day smile:
• Talk to you dentist first. Even if you’re using an over-the-counter treatment, you should absolutely consult your dentist before whitening your teeth. Everyone’s teeth are different, so it’s best to get a professional opinion on what will be best for you. If you have gum issues, such as periodontal disease, you may not be a good candidate for whitening treatments. Plus, a dentist can advise you whether or not your teeth will receive the treatments well.
• Don’t leave the groom out! As the bride, it makes sense that you’d want to have the brightest smile possible, but don’t forget to ask your husband-to-be about it, too! He may also want to whiten his teeth for the big day so you have pearly whites to match.
• Look for the seal of approval. Over the past 20 years, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs has continually monitored the development of teeth whitening treatments and procedures to ensure that they are safe and effective. Before buying a treatment at the drugstore, make sure that you see an ADA Seal of Approval.
• Avoid teeth-staining foods. During the time leading up to your wedding day, you can keep your teeth white by avoiding certain foods and beverages that cause teeth stains. This includes:
◦ Red wine
◦ Coffee or tea
◦ Deep colored berries or fruit (e.g. raspberries)
◦ Soy sauce
While it’s not necessary to completely refrain from these foods, you can simply be careful about how you consume them. Sipping drink through a straw can help eliminate contact with your teeth. Drinking water alongside these foods and drinks can reduce the risk for stains, as well.
• Drink more water. Increasing your water consumption during the time leading up to your wedding and on your wedding day will help you attain a more beautiful smile. Drinking water throughout the day can water-down stain causing foods and keep your teeth whiter. On your wedding day, water will help keep your mouth and lips moistened, making it easier to smile.
• Keep up your dental regimen. Whether or not you decide to use whitening treatments to enhance your smile, it’s important to keep up the proper care for your teeth. That means keeping up with daily care, like brushing twice a day, rinsing, and flossing.
Remember: the wedding day is your big day. As the star of the show, it’s important that you make it a priority to get yourself ready for that spotlight as a beautiful blushing bride with a dashingly white smile.