Smile makeovers before your wedding can help you feel more confident on your big day. If you’re self-conscious about your teeth, you might try to hide your smile, and this could be problematic on a day when everyone expects you to be smiling from ear to ear.
Getting your teeth whitened before your big day is a great idea if you are a smoker, or if you regularly enjoy red wine, tea or coffee. These are all notorious for leaving surface staining that will dull your smile. A trip to the dental hygienist is also a great idea, as this will eliminate any plaque, tartar or calculus from hard to reach areas.
If you’re thinking about having any cosmetic dental treatments before your big day, you might need to plan this well in advance. While some treatments can be completed in one visit, others will require 12+ months before you see the results.
How can I fix my teeth before my wedding?
First things first, how long do you have before you tie the knot?
- If you have more than 12 months, you could consider orthodontics to straighten and perfect your smile. Straight teeth look great and are also much easier to care for.
- With less than 6 months to go, you could consider teeth whitening, veneers or composite bonding. This would cosmetically change the appearance of your teeth, without changing the alignment. Teeth whitening will help to flush out deep-set stains while also addressing surface staining.
- With less than a month to go, you could consider composite bonding, dental hygienist cleaning and teeth whitening. These are all quick and effective treatments to boost your confidence without any invasive procedures.
- If your wedding is tomorrow, women might consider a different shade of lipstick to help minimise yellow tones in their teeth. There isn’t much you can do the day before your wedding, other than avoiding staining foods if you have already had your teeth whitened.
How long before your wedding should you get your teeth whitened?
The best time to get your teeth whitened before your wedding is about 1-2 months prior. This will ensure the teeth whitening has had sufficient time to work, and you are no longer at risk of increased sensitivity. You don’t want to be avoiding ice-cold champagne on your wedding day because it hurts your teeth!
Most teeth whitening systems require around two weeks to work. If you have more severe or advanced staining, you may need to leave up to six months for the teeth whitening to work.
Remember that some staining cannot be removed using teeth whitening products. The only way to conceal this type of staining would be with veneers, crowns or composite bonding.
Other ways to enhance your smile on your wedding day
If you’re not in a rush to make any drastic changes before your wedding day, there are simple things you can do to make your teeth appear whiter and brighter.
- Choose a cool-toned lipstick as this will minimise the yellow tones in your teeth. A cool-toned red is a classic look for your wedding day, while a muted mauve would be ideal for a barely-there makeup look.
- During the day, avoid sticky foods that could discolour your teeth. Things like red wine, coffee, tea, barbecue sauce and balsamic vinegar can leave your smile looking dull.
- Brush your teeth during the day. Freshening up between the ceremony and the reception is a great idea. This will leave you feeling refreshed and ensure you don’t have any food from your wedding breakfast in your teeth.
- Wear silver jewellery rather than gold. The gold can bring out the yellow tones in your teeth, while sparkly silver jewellery can help to enhance your teeth.
If you’re ready to transform your smile before your big day, get in touch to book your consultation today!