Your Wedding Day is perhaps of the most important days of your life and the one day you are bound to be smiling the most. After all, you will have photos and videos to remember the happy occasion for the rest of your life.
The way you look is obviously the most important thing. So, if you put a lot of effort into finding the perfect wedding gown, and take great care in choosing the right wedding hair and makeup, paying attention to your smile should definitely also be part of your wedding preparations.
We’ve put together 5 handy tips to help you get your teeth and smile picture perfect.
1. Keep your teeth clean and healthy
wedding or no wedding, maintaining regular dental hygiene is always important. Brushing twice a day (or ideally after every meal) with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between the teeth using dental floss or interdental brushes, good eating habits and regular check-ups should all be part of your daily oral health routine.
In the run-up to the Big Day, you may want to pay particular attention to your teeth. Drink enough water to improve the general condition of your skin and help prevent stained teeth. Avoid coffee, red wine and cola drinks as they are particularly bad for staining teeth. Eat fibre rich foods (apples, carrots, broccoli etc.) to exfoliate teeth and loosen any staining. Dry brush (no toothpaste) your teeth to aid the removal of tartar and plaque from your teeth. Finally, book in with a hygienist for a professional dental clean before the wedding.
2. Have your teeth whitened
if you would like to brighten your smile of lighten the colour of your teeth, there are many options to choose from. Tooth whitening toothpastes and home kits are available from good chemists for use at home, with reasonable results.
For stronger results, many dentists also offer professional whitening services that can be carried out at home with the aid of a whitening kit that is custom-made for your teeth, or via in-surgery procedures involving power bleaching or laser.
For serious attention to your wedding smile, why not ask your dentist about a Wedding Smile Package? Add teeth whitening into your wedding preparations in good time to get the best results, with options available for 2-week, 6-month and 9-month plans available.
- Cosmetic dentistry
If your teeth are not as straight as you would like them to be, or are chipped or not uniform in colour, a cosmetic dentist may be able to help.
Ask about dental veneers – thin layers of porcelain that are used to cover the front of a tooth whose enamel may have become worn, chipped or discoloured.
Teeth straightening will take time. Usually, you will need to wear braces or aligners for up to 3 years to get good results. Alternatively, with the new Six Month Smiles Technique it is possible to move your teeth quickly and safely in just 6 months!
- Don’t forget your lips
Getting your teeth into good condition is one thing, but make sure you look after your lips too. Moisture well in advance of the Big Day. There’s nothing worse than chapped, cracked lips in photos; you want them to look soft, smooth and kissable!
Lipstick should be bright enough to contrast with the white colour of your teeth, and complement your skin tone. Do check throughout the day, and particularly before photos are taken, that there are no smudges or lipstick stains on your teeth.
- Learn how to smile
Finally, it all comes together in the wedding photographs or video. But do you know how to smile? It doesn’t matter how perfectly straight or professionally whitened your teeth may be or how luscious your lips are, if you are not familiar with the art of smiling!
The trick is to use your lips to frame your teeth. The best way to do this is to show mainly your upper teeth. Move your upper lip so it goes to the top of your upper teeth but without showing too much gum tissue. Let your lower lip rest so it just touches the edges of your upper teeth. Practice in front of a mirror until you get it just right.
Practice makes perfect, so experiment with a digital camera and try different angles until you’re totally happy with the result. We all have a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ side, and some people are just not used to smiling. Use the time you have available before the Big Day to learn how to smile with ease and confidence.
Article provided by Sara Bryant, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of companies including Black Swan Dental Spa who were consulted over this post.