Brides Guide to a Great Wedding Day Smile

Bride with a great smile

Congratulations! Your wedding day is coming up. This is a special day sure to be marked by many photos of your smiling face. How do you get that wedding day smile as beautiful as possible? Read on to find out.

Perfection is a Goal Not a Reality

A healthy, great looking smile means that when you smile nothing distracts or detracts from you overall appearance. A great smile enhances your overall appearance. It is possible that you might just have a great smile already, but you don't smile because you are self-conscious of something. Others do not look at us as we do. Teeth don't have to be perfect for you to have a great smile. Acceptance of what you have is often the easiest way to improve your smile.

As crazy as it may sound, no matter how your smile looks, you should practice smiling. A natural relaxed smile is not that easy for most of us to produce on demand. That is what you will be doing for the photographer. Begin your practicing by looking into a mirror. Once you start to get good at it you should practice anytime during your day. An added benefit of this is that smiling can reduce stress-induced hormones and can actually make you feel better.

Whiter Teeth

One of the easiest ways to improve both your smile and self-esteem is by whitening your teeth. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. I have found that some patients have effectively used Crest White Strips to whiten their teeth at home. Dentist provided home whitening can be significantly more effective than anything available over the counter. Zoom whitening done in the dental office consistently gets the wow in about an hour. Home whitening trays custom-made by the dentist deliver whitening solution to your teeth at home, for the do-it-yourselfers among us. For most brides and grooms tooth whitening is the easiest way to get a better wedding day smile.

Closing Gaps and Reshaping Smiles

For those brides who have spaces or irregular teeth, dental bonding may be right for you. Dental bonding is the application of tooth colored filling material to repair and reshape teeth. Dental bonding material can be virtually indistinguishable from your existing tooth. Today bonding can quickly and cost effectively close spaces and reshape worn or funky teeth in just one visit. The beauty of the procedure is that is possible to see the final results before you even commit to the work. This can be done through a mockup of the final result by the dentist. Bonding is often combined with an initial whitening to get your teeth their whitest and then match the composite bonding material to the new whiter shade.

If your teeth are truly looking bad then you might be a candidate for porcelain veneers. This is when porcelain is bonded to the front of your teeth to give you a brand new amazing smile. Veneers often require reshaping of the teeth prior to their placement . This makes porcelain veneers a non-reversible procedure. A well done and well maintained set of veneers can last over 20 years!

Crooked teeth-No Problem

Today it has become quite easy to move teeth to their ideal position with clear aligner therapy. The most common brand being Invisalign. The best part of having that new great smile is that your teeth will actually last longer effectively needing less dentistry through the years. Teeth that slide as opposed to collide tend to wear better, gums stay healthier and people age better having a great functional smile.

Using accelerated orthodontics tooth movements that took years now can take as few as a few months. For dental offices that have the iTero digital scanner for impression taking,  you can visualize the anticipated new position of your teeth with the Invisalign outcome simulator. The best part of the iTero is that there is no more goopy impression taking. Dentistry has truly come a long way.

Combining Cosmetic Dental Options

Depending on your individual situation you and your dentist can come up with the ideal plan for you prior to your wedding day. Tooth whitening is usually a no brainer for prospective brides. Combined with bonding  or tooth movement this may be just what you need to put that smile on your face on your special day. My recommendation is that whatever you do just do it several days if not months before the wedding. I've seen some over the counter whitening agents cause some injuries  to gums. The last thing you want on your wedding day is a self-inflicted wound.

One Last Thought

The most important thing to remember, whatever you decide, is that on your special day smile like no one is watching. Let your smile out no matter how your teeth look, as a smile is really more than teeth. Change the things you can, but accept what is, for at the end of the day your smile is all yours. Enjoy your special day!

Dr. Shapiro offers free consultations to brides, grooms and family members to see how he can help them get the wedding day smile that they always dreamed of. . Call Us Today so you can get that smile in time for that special day

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