Preparing Your Smile For The Big Day
With all that goes in to planning a wedding, it can be easy to forget a very important accessory: your perfect smile! There are several products and treatment options available to help you achieve your dental goals, no matter what they may be. Before posing for hundreds of photos, make sure your smile is in tip-top shape.
Whitening: Home Versus Professional
When it comes to teeth whitening, strips, toothpastes, and rinses are the most cost-effective options. They are relatively inexpensive and you can do them yourself. However, abrasive toothpastes can damage your enamel and the results will not be as good as with professional whitening. It is critical to start the whitening strips at least one to two weeks in advance, and at least a month in advance if you go with toothpastes and rinses.
Another option is take-home custom whitening trays. These trays do cost more, but they result in better whitening as long as you follow the instructions carefully. We recommend starting whitening trays about one month before the wedding or any important photoshoots. The highest quality, safest, and fastest route you could choose is professional whitening. Whitening sessions will take place at the dental office and can be pricier than take-home options, but the great results are worth it!
Straightening That Smile
Whitening alone will make a beautiful difference in any smile, but sometimes there are other issues to address before the big day, such as straightening teeth. Orthodontic appliances can be expensive, but the results are life-changing. Having straight teeth and a healthy bite are huge confidence-boosters that provide health benefits in addition to looking great. Braces or invisible aligners generally require at least a year, so do not wait too long to schedule a consultation if you hear wedding bells in your future!
Repairs For Chips And Cavities
One of the factors that determines our oral health is genetics. Unfortunately, that means that even the most diligent brushing, flossing, and avoidance of sugary treats are not always enough to keep cavities at bay. Also, even when we are being careful, accidents happen, and a tooth might get chipped. If you find yourself facing one of these setbacks before your wedding, veneers and bonding are both great options to consider. Veneers are color-matched to blend in with your natural teeth, resulting in a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Tooth bonding is a process that covers damaged or discolored teeth with plastic resin. These do not last as long as veneers, but they can be applied in just one visit. On the other hand, it takes about two weeks after an impression of your teeth to receive your custom veneers.
We Are Here To Help Make Your Special Day Perfect!
We know how hectic it can be to plan a wedding, so we want to make things easier for you by helping you prepare your smile. Whether that is as simple as a regular cleaning appointment or something more involved, you can count on our practice! Call (217) 698-9300 to schedule an appointment today!
Wishing our patients all the happiness in the world!
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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.