Considering how many times your photographer/family/friends will be shouting “Smile!” at you on your wedding day, it’s only natural to want to ensure that those pearly whites look their absolute best. “Brides most commonly are concerned with how their teeth will photograph on their wedding day,” says Michael Apa, D.D.S., of Rosenthal Apa Group. “Chipped, cracked, discolored, and stained teeth are some of the most common issues we deal with prior to a bride’s wedding.” Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do throughout your engagement to ensure that near-perfect smile is possible.
1. Get a Cleaning
“You wouldn’t wax a car without cleaning it. You shouldn’t whiten your teeth without cleaning them either,” says Dr. Chase. This will also help you see what, exactly, you need to do professionally and what you can take care of at home.
2. Start Whitening
Don’t leave whitening until the last minute! The whitening process generally takes takes at least one to two weeks, depending on your desired results, so it’s important not to try to cram it in. “One of the biggest mistakes a bride can make before her big day is professional whitening the day or night before,” says Jane Doe, a Teeth Whitening expert and SmileNV Product Specialist. “This is generally not recommended in case of accidental exposure to the gum tissue, which can cause gingival irritation.” If you want to whiten at home SmileNV is the perfect solution.
3. Follow the White Smile Diet
“Munching on crunchy snacks like apples or celery is as effective as a brushing,” says Emanuel Lyliev, D.D.S., director of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. “Raw fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber, a natural abrasive that can help clean teeth. Avoid foods that are dark and sticky—the worst culprits for staining—such as red wine, coffee, barbecue sauce, or balsamic vinegar.”
4. Sip Smartly
“Sip your coffee or latte through a straw to avoid direct contact with teeth, which helps prevent staining,” says Dr. Lyliev. Go ahead and add bendy straws to the list of things you’ll need to keep in your purse for the next few months…easier to do that then gasp give up caffeine.
5. Maintain Your Oral Health at Home
There’s a lot to think about in the months leading up to your wedding, but treating your teeth the right way should be a priority. “The best thing a bride can do for her teeth at home is to maintain her oral health during these busy times,” says Jane Doe.