When you’re getting ready for your own wedding, you have a lot on your plate. You want to look fantastic on your special day, which means not only finding the right dress or tux and getting your hair and makeup perfect, it also means making sure your smile is camera ready. A bright, white smile will make you proud to share your wedding photos, instead of embarrassed.
Depending on the state of your teeth, you might need more than cosmetic treatments to get ready for your big day. If bleeding gums or recession are an issue, you might need treatment for gum disease. Book an appointment with a dentist or periodontist well in advance of your wedding to give yourself plenty of time to get the perfect smile.
Improve Your Oral Health
Step one on the path to getting a perfect wedding-ready smile is working to develop better oral care habits. If you’re not flossing daily now, it’s a good idea to start. Your toothbrush can’t reach every area of your mouth or between your teeth. Bacteria will build up between the teeth if you don’t floss everyday.
Improving your brushing habits is also critical before your wedding day. Ideally, you’re already brushing at least twice a day. But, are you replacing your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles start to wear out? Are you using a toothpaste that contains fluoride? Each time you brush, aim for at least two minutes worth of brushing, using gentle, angled strokes.
Treat Gum Disease
Along with getting into a good oral care habit at home, you might want to see a periodontist before your wedding day to treat gum disease or periodontitis. Depending on the severity of the disease, you might not even realize you have it. Many people do not have symptoms of gum disease until it has advanced.
If you find that you have gum disease, non-surgical treatments can help get your mouth ready for your wedding. A periodontist will typically deep clean your mouth, reaching under the gum line to remove built-up tartar and plaque. Treatment might also include antibiotics to kill any bacteria that lingers between the teeth or under the gums.
Treating gum disease isn’t only important for the look of your smile. It’s also essential for your total health. Don’t stop seeing your periodontist after your wedding. Even after you’re married, you’ll want to see your dentist to make sure the disease is under control and not progressing further.
Get a Whiter Smile
You don’t want to get married in a dingy white dress. Odds are, you don’t want your teeth to look dingy or discolored on your wedding day, either. Work with your dentist well in advance to get a whiter smile for your wedding photos.
You have a number of options when it comes to whitening your teeth. The results you get depend on the state of your teeth at the start and how much whiter you want them to be. If you are short on time, an at-home whitening system using strips or gels might be a good option. Whitening strips you can purchase over-the-counter show results in about two weeks.
An in-office whitening treatment also offers quick results, as long as you have time to book the appointments and actually see a dentist. Some whitening treatments only require a single visit to the dentist while others require several. Discuss your options with your dentist to see which is right for you based on your schedule and the desired results.
Replace Problematic Teeth
You might consider repairing or replacing broken or injured teeth in advance of your wedding day. Veneers are an option if you have uneven teeth or teeth that are cracked or chipped. Veneers not only improve the texture and appearance of your teeth, they also give you a whiter smile.
A veneer is simply a thin piece of porcelain that is attached to the outside of your tooth. The goal is either to change the color of your tooth or improve its shape. You will need to plan in advance if you want veneers before your wedding. Typically, the treatment requires several visits to your dentist, plus a follow-up visit.
If a single tooth is giving you trouble, due to either its looks or its health, you might consider a dental implant or crown to replace it before your big day. It’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible if you’d like an implant before your wedding. Since the replacement tooth is usually custom-made to fit in your mouth and match the shade of your teeth, it can take up to four months for the process to be finished.
Miami periodontists Drs. Gallardo want your smile to look amazing on your special day and afterwards. Find out more about your options for gum disease treatment and dental implants by calling their Miami office at (305) 447-1447 for an appointment.