Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you want to look your absolute best for the occasion – and the inevitable photos you'll cherish forever. That doesn't only mean wearing the right dress, but ensuring that your smile is as dazzling as it can be. Give your mouth a wedding makeover ahead of the big day, which, just like the festivities, needs to be planned well in advance.
Six Months Prior
Schedule a dental appointment at least six months before your wedding date. This is the ideal time to have a thorough oral exam and a professional cleaning. You can also discuss your options for any major cosmetic dentistry procedures you've been considering, or to find out if you're a candidate for teeth straightening. You'll need longer than this if you're to undergo full orthodontic treatment, but methods such as incognito or lingual braces can be working to straighten your teeth even while you're saying, "I do."
Apart from any essential work your dentist needs to do (filling cavities or tooth extraction, for example), your three-month mark is the best time to consider minor procedures such as tooth contouring. Also, referred to as an enameloplasty or tooth reshaping, contouring is done using a drill or laser to fix imperfections like misshapen teeth. Alternatively, you might opt to have veneers attached to your teeth. These have the dual benefit of being simple for your dentist and providing rapid improvement for chipped or stained teeth.
By this time your plans are taking shape and the big day is looming on the horizon. If your wedding makeover requires you to get your teeth whitened before the event, it's essential not to wait until the last minute to do so. Professional teeth whitening should be done about a week or two before the wedding day, so your teeth and gums have time to recover from any sensitivity you may experience. Your dentist may be booked, so schedule your appointment well in advance. Meanwhile, step up your daily oral health routine to ensure regular brushing and flossing using the correct techniques.
The final week before the wedding is an exceptionally busy time, making last-minute arrangements, finalizing flower deliveries and, in the case of a destination wedding, traveling to your romantic getaway. From a dental care viewpoint, it's important to avoid eating or drinking anything that can stain your teeth, particularly if you're prone to yellowing. Red wine, coffee and tea and are all potentially staining beverages, according to MouthHealthy.org. So even if you need that caffeine to keep you going while you get your manicure, pedicure and facial, consider the effect on your teeth before taking a sip.
Big Day Dental Care
The big day has arrived, and you're getting ready for the event. Hair and make-up are on the agenda, along with having the freshest, most kissable mouth you can achieve. Brush with a whitening toothpaste such as Colgate TotalÂ® Advanced Whitening Toothpaste, floss carefully and use an antibacterial mouthwash like Colgate TotalÂ® Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash for lasting, 12-hour freshness.
With the right prep and a proper oral care routine throughout your wedding timeline, you'll be sure to have a bright and healthy smile for your big day.