Amidst all the little details of wedding planning falls a more personal matter – your teeth. Everyone will be looking at you during the ceremony and if they aren’t, your photographer will capture the moment. You wouldn’t want to mar your best day with a less than picture-perfect smile.
Cosmetic dentistry offers brides and grooms the chance to whiten, straighten, and cover imperfections. Through bonding, veneers, whitening treatments, and orthodontics, a couple can achieve their wedding perfect smiles before the big day. However, time is of the essence, so preparing in advance is vital to achieving the look you’re after.
Teeth whitening is a common, non-invasive process for enhancing your smile. There are over-the-counter products and professional, in-office treatments. This allows patients to pick the best options for them.
Over-the-counter whitening treatments will not be as strong as their in-office counterparts. Consider how discolored your teeth are and how long you have before your wedding date to determine which is the right option for you.
Options like Phillips Zoom treatments can achieve eight shades lighter in under one hour, making it a go-to for those on a time crunch.
This is best for – Couples with minor staining or those who want to brighten their smile.
When should I start? – Roughly three to four weeks before your wedding day. However, it’s best to consult with your dentist as this time frame varies widely from one case to the next depending on the level of discoloration you experience.
Bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that affixes filling to a targeted tooth to cover the imperfections. Bonding isn’t as strong as veneers but offers a quick and easy solution to cosmetic problems.
This bonding joins with the tooth giving a natural appearance. Your dentist can even match the shade of filling to your teeth to make the bonding almost entirely unnoticeable.
This is best for – Those with slightly chipped or crooked smiles.
When should I start? – At least one week before your wedding day. In most cases, the bonding procedure can be completed in one visit. But in order to prevent damage to the bonding, you should avoid drinking beverages or foods that may stain in the 48 hours following the procedure. You wouldn’t want to cut it too close and miss out on a glass of wine on your wedding day, so plan in advance.
Veneers are a solution that will keep your smile beautiful long past your wedding day. This cosmetic dentistry practice uses teeth-colored coverings to mask imperfections in your smile.
While veneers can be pricier than whitening or bonding, it’s longer-lasting making the upfront investment well worth it in the eyes of some patients.
This is best for – Those who have worn enamel, chips in their teeth, or discoloration that cannot be treated with whitening.
When should I start? – 3 months before your wedding day.
The procedure will take place over two office visits. The first will be used to prepare your teeth and create a mold. Downtime between your initial and follow-up appointment is used to create the veneer itself, which may take up to a month.
To account for any hold-ups in the creation of your veneers it is wise to begin the process at least three months before your wedding.
For major teeth straightening that engages the entire mouth, orthodontics will be your best bet. To avoid the traditional problems braces cause, Invisalign offers an easier solution to teeth straightening.
With Invisalign, you can remove the device as needed and experience a more comfortable treatment overall. No painful wires and brackets are used during Invisalign treatments and the devices are practically unnoticeable. And in case your treatment runs into your wedding day, you can remove the Invisalign devices for your ceremony.
This is best for – Those who need full mouth restructuring.
When should I start? – At least 12 to 18 months before your wedding day. But it’s best to consult with your dentist as soon as possible to determine how long your treatment will last. Every case is individualized and some may need much more time than others to get their perfect smile.
Using Cosmetic Dentistry For Your Perfect Wedding Day Smile
This is a season of a new beginning. Don’t let your smile hold you back on your wedding day by using the cosmetic dentistry option that’s right for you. And remember to consult with your dentist well in advance to create a plan that works best for you and your smile.
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