A White Wedding—Creating the Most Important Smile of Your Life
Summer is a popular time to get married. As a bride, groom, member of the wedding party, or even a guest, it’s important to make sure that your teeth look great.
The easiest way to get your teeth “wedding-ready” is to have a professional whitening treatment. Teeth whitening is the No. 1 most-requested cosmetic dental service, and wedding parties are among the main groups to take advantage of this quick and easy teeth brightening procedure.
Many AACD Member dentists offer both in-office and take-home whitening treatments. Both are great ways to make sure you’ll have a dazzling smile for your big day.
The advantage of seeing an AACD Member dentist for teeth whitening—as opposed to an over-the-counter solution—is that the dentist can help choose the right shade for your smile.
“Tooth colors need to be in harmony with the skin tone and whites of the eyes,” says Dr. Frank Milnar, an AACD Accredited cosmetic dentist from Minnesota. “Hollywood white smiles can be distracting because you tend to look only at a person’s teeth and not at their whole face.”
Milnar notes a natural smile is actually “polychromatic” or a nuanced combination of colors, something a professional dentist can help patients determine. Over-whitening can cause teeth to become more monochromatic and opaque.
Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the bleaching gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
In-office whitening affects only the front eight teeth—known as the smile zone—and is a great jump start for take-home whitening, which is always part of an effective whitening program.
An AACD Member dentist is best qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity. Today, most tooth sensitivity cases are easily managed.
Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance. Which means brighter, whiter teeth not only for your wedding—but for the honeymoon and beyond!