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Whiten Your Teeth for a Bridal Smile on Your Wedding Day

Teeth Whitening Options for Your Wedding Day

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Updated: July 10, 2008

Whiten Your Teeth for a Bridal Smile on Your Wedding Day
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Nothing is more stunning than a beautiful bride in a beautiful dress with a beautiful smile. If you are getting married, what better way to prepare for your big day than having your teeth whitened? Remember…those photos will last forever.

Having your teeth whitened is relatively inexpensive and can produce amazing results, but it’s not for everyone.

  • Teeth whitening does not produce the same results on all types of teeth discoloration.
  • Someone with yellow-tinted teeth would probably have great results with bleaching, while someone with gray-tinted teeth might be disappointed because they don't bleach as well.
  • If you have tooth-coloring fillings and / or crowns and bridges, they will be darker after your teeth are bleached because they don't lighten with the whitening process.
  • A person with gum disease should not get their teeth whitened.
Be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist to see if you would be a good candidate for teeth whitening.

Different Types of Whitening

So many whitening options are available that it can be quite overwhelming, especially when you have a wedding to plan. Three popular and effective bleaching options are:

  • The one hour, in-office whitening treatment by a dentist
  • Bleaching trays and gels from your dentist or purchased over the counter
  • Whitening strips sold over the counter
  • Whitening Toothpastes

In-office teeth whitening offers excellent results. This procedure is performed in the dental office and can be done very quickly, usually in a little over an hour. In-office bleaching is usually more expensive, but the time that you save by having immediate results can make this option appealing.

Bleaching trays and gels are effective as well; however the desired results take longer to achieve. The gel-filled trays generally need to be worn for several hours a day or overnight, and it usually takes 3 or 4 days before any results are noticed if purchased from the dentist. Teeth whitening kits from the dentist produce faster and more effective results because they contain a stronger peroxide-bleaching agent than whitening kits purchased over the counter.

Teeth whitening strips sold over the counter are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. They do work, but seeing results usually takes take longer since the peroxide-bleaching agent in teeth whitening strips is not as strong as the bleaching chemicals available from a dentist.

Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives to remove surface stains. Some whitening toothpastes may have additional polishing agents and special chemicals that are more effective against stains than regular toothpastes, but these toothpastes are not designed to actually "bleach" your teeth.

Before you Whiten Your Teeth

If your dentist has decided that you are a candidate for teeth whitening, schedule an appointment to have your teeth cleaned first. Having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist will remove surface stains caused from coffee, tea, nicotine, and certain foods.

A common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitive teeth, so you may want to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth for a few weeks before starting the bleaching process.

Maintenance

After having your teeth whitened, touchups are generally needed to maintain your desired shade, depending upon habits such as smoking, eating certain foods and drinking coffee and tea which can all stain your teeth.

Using a whitening toothpaste can help keep your teeth white by removing surface stains.

Good oral hygiene is essential to maintaining your beautiful smile, so remember to brush properly at least twice a day and floss daily. Visiting your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings will also help to keep your smile white and bright.

Now…breathe and relax. Your wedding will be beautiful and so will you.

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