Considering the number of times you’ll be told to smile by several people – friends, family, the photographer and more – on your wedding day, the best thing to do is to make sure your teeth are pearly white.
Your bridal look is not complete without a charming smile – remember you’ll be smiling in a lot of photos. Unfortunately, yellow teeth and a white dress don’t match. Luckily, there are several things you can do to make sure you have the perfect smile weeks before your big day.
We’ve compiled some tips to help you get that near-perfect smile.
Start Whitening Early
A lot of brides make the mistake of whitening their teeth at the last minute. They start a few days to their wedding and get disappointed when they don’t see changes. Ideally, it takes between 1 – 2 weeks for the whitening process to produce desired results, so start early and give it time.
Sustain Your Oral Health
You have a lot to plan months before your wedding, and making sure your teeth are white should also be a top on your priority list. While you’re at it, try to maintain your oral health no matter how busy you get.
Watch What You Eat
Eating crunchy snacks like celery or apples is as effective as brushing your teeth. Veggies and raw fruits are filled with natural fiber, which acts as an abrasive that cleans the teeth. Try to avoid sticky and dark foods that can stain your teeth like coffee, red wine, balsamic vinegar or barbecue sauce.
Be Mindful Of Your Toothpaste
Steer clear of toothpaste that has silica in it, especially if your teeth are sensitive or if you have little stain buildup. Go for toothpaste that contains Mennonite clay and Kaolin clay as they are very effective and a safer option. They also contain ingredients that are not abrasive and are very effective in cleaning off surface stains.
Watch Your Mouthwash
Mouthwash is great for combating morning breath but as good as it is, it could be bad for your teeth. It contains alcohol which could dry out dental work like composite bonding. Mouthwash can also weaken your tooth structure, which could have a terrible effect on your teeth in the long-term. The best thing to do is to go for a colorless mouthwash that’s alcohol-free. This way, you get to keep your teeth white and your breath fresh.
Sip Your Coffee Smartly
Everyone needs a dose of caffeine every now and then. Coffee stains are one of the major causes of yellow teeth, so you have to be on the lookout for that. Sip your latte or coffee through a straw to prevent staining. This way, you maintain your white teeth without having to give up your favorite drink.