How to prepare a beautiful smile for your wedding day

Your wedding day is a wonderful day full of family, friends, and big smiles! Here are a few tips to make sure your smile is looking picture-perfect on your big day:

A year before: Visit the ortho

These days, there are tons of orthodontic options that help you get a straighter, more beautiful smile without committing to years of braces. Clear aligners like Invisalign® can help move your teeth and correct any issues with your bite in a timely manner. When you schedule your consultation, let your orthodontic team know exactly what your goal (and deadline) is – this will help them create a plan that will work best for you!

A couple of months before: Schedule a cleaning

Healthy teeth will always look cleaner, shinier, and more beautiful behind the camera. Catch up with your dentist a few months before your wedding day, so there is time to correct any possible issues. Whether have to address cavities or gum disease, or just need a reminder to floss a little more often, you’ll be glad to have it out of the way before wedding crunch time.

A couple of weeks before: Begin a whitening regiment

Everyone wants to show off their brightest, whitest smile on their big day. There are several approaches to whitening, but no matter which route you take, a few weeks should be enough time to brighten your teeth color.

For a natural approach: Start by avoiding food and drinks that stain teeth – things like coffee, tea, red wine, dark berries, and dark sauces like soy sauce can all work against your whitening efforts. For best results, lean towards ‘clean smile’ foods like apples or celery are not only super healthy, but they will keep your smile clean and light too!

For an at-home approach: There are a variety of products you can pick up to perform whitening treatments from the couch. If possible, a bleaching gel or bleaching strips will give you the most bang for your buck. Other products like whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes generally don’t have enough contact with your teeth to be truly effective. 

For a professional approach: If you want to dramatically change the color of your smile, get in touch with your dentist about professional whitening treatment. They will have access to the strongest gels and treatments and can help you lighten your smile up several shades with just a few visits.

On the day of:

Congrats, today is the day! Your wedding day should be all about what is most comfortable for you, and it’s not the time to try anything new or crazy. Follow your normal brush-floss routine, but skip out on anything harsh or abrasive like one last whitening treatment. Pick out makeup and jewelry that compliments your skin tone and smile. Let your photographer know if you have any particular areas of concern or the best angle you definitely want to be captured. And enjoy a beautiful day full of happiness and smiles!