There’s nothing more stunning than a beautiful bride in her wedding gown, with a beautiful smile. If you are excited about getting married, what better way to double your happiness while preparing for the big day by having your teeth whitened? After all, those photos are meant to last forever.
Having your teeth whitened is relatively inexpensive and can bring amazing results. However, the treatment is not meant for everyone. Before you decide on teeth whitening options, remember:
- The treatment does not produce the same result on all types of teeth discoloration.
- While yellow-tinted teeth can have great results with bleaching, the same cannot be said about gray-tinted teeth as they don’t bleach well.
- If you had tooth – fillings, coloring, or crowns and bridges recently, they tend to be darker after the teeth are bleached and cannot be lightened with the whitening process.
- If you have gum diseases, it’s advisable to not opt for the treatment.
Always, schedule an appointment with your dentist to understand if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening.
Types of Teeth Whitening
With many whitening options available, it can be overwhelming especially when you have a wedding to plan. The three most popular and effective bleaching options are:
- In-Office whitening treatment by a dentist
- At-Home whitening treatment that includes bleaching trays and gels from your dentist
- Whitening, strips, toothpastes sold over the counter
In-Office teeth whitening performed in the dental office offers excellent results and can be done quickly, in a little over an hour. Although the treatment may be little expensive, the immediate results make this option appealing.
You can also go for bleaching trays and gels. While they are equally effective, they can take longer time to achieve the desired results. The gel-filled trays are required to be worn for several hours a day or overnight, and could usually take anywhere between 3-5 days before any results are noticed. If you are opting to use teeth whitening kits, make sure you purchase them form the dentist as they can produce faster and more effective results due to strong peroxide-bleaching agent content which cannot be found in whitening kits purchased over the counter.
Teeth whitening strips are fairly expensive over the counter, but are easy to use. However, they can take longer time to produce the results since the peroxide-bleaching agent is not as strong as the bleaching chemicals available from a dentist. Whitening toothpastes have mild abrasives that help remove surface stains. Some whitening toothpastes also contain additional polishing agents and special chemicals that are more effective against stains than regular toothpastes. However they cannot be used to actually “bleach” your teeth.
Before Teeth Whitening Treatment
After an appointment, if your dentist has decided that you are a candidate for teeth whitening, make sure you have teeth cleaned professionally by a dental hygienist to remove surface stains caused form coffee, tea, nicotine and certain foods.
If you have sensitive teeth, it’s recommended that you use toothpaste designed to bring relief to sensitive teeth for a few weeks before starting the bleaching process.
Caring For Teeth after Whitening
Once you have your teeth whitened, touchups are ideally needed to maintain the desired shade. The maintenance largely depends upon habits such as smoking, eating certain foods and beverages which can all stain your teeth.
Maintain good oral hygiene, by brushing properly at least twice a day, flossing daily and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings for to keep your smile beautiful, white and bright.
Lastly, take a deep breath and relax: Your wedding will be a grand event and your smile will shine throughout.