What bride isn't concerned about her smile on the big day? You're probably busy running from the baker to the tailor and to the florist, but don't forget about your smile and a trip to the dentist! Of course, you want that bright, white smile for the wedding photography portion of your whirlwind day. But how do you achieve these whiter results?
Teeth Whitening Treatments
Initially, a consultation concerning whitening options should be discussed with your dentist. He or she can then suggest the best course of action. There are several whitening options that can be done at home and also one that can be done right in the dental office, according to MouthHealthy.org. Treatments include:
- In-office, one-hour whitening treatment procedure performed by a dentist
- Bleaching trays, either prefabricated or custom-made by a dentist
- Whitening gel purchased over the counter
- Whitening toothpaste
The in-office whitening option offers the most immediate result, as a whiter smile is achieved in less than an hour. Whitening trays are effective as well, but they take longer, mainly because the bleaching agent in them is not as potent as those available from a dentist. They can take a few days before any results are noticed. Whitening toothpastes are another viable method, as they usually contain mild abrasives to remove surface stains.
Keep Your Smile White
As you embark on a teeth whitening treatment, it's a good idea to first have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist. That way surface stains from coffee, tea, red wine and certain stain-causing foods, like blueberries, raspberries and tomato sauce, can be removed first. It's probably a good idea, too, to avoid those common staining foods and drinks as much as possible before your big day.
Having good oral hygiene is imperative to having a bright and white smile, so brushing twice a day and flossing daily is essential. Not only will a whitening toothpaste, like Colgate Total® Whitening, help you maintain any whitening treatments you seek out, but it will keep your smile healthy while fighting any decay and gingivitis, too.
In all the hubbub leading up to this milestone occasion, take some time to whiten your smile. You'll thank yourself when you have the beautiful wedding photography that will last a lifetime.