Your wedding is a really special event, and you want to be sure everything is perfect—including your appearance. You might be planning to get in shape, try a new hairstyle, or splash out on make-up, but have you considered the appearance of your teeth? A sparkly white smile can massively increase self-confidence —especially when it comes to those close-up photos. Whether your teeth are crooked, stained, or chipped, there are cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help.
One study has shown that whiter teeth can lead to greater success in work and love, so it's an investment that should last you well beyond your wedding day! Read on to find out which treatment could be right for you.
For teeth that are stained or discolored, there are a variety of options. Professional bleaching is the most common, and can be carried out by most dentists. Traditional whitening works by whitening product being applied to a tray which is molded to the shape of your teeth. Once you've had the first application of bleach at your dentist's office, you'll continue treatment yourself at home, applying whitening product for short periods of time over the next few weeks. You may also choose laser whitening, which takes effect more quickly—perfect if your wedding is just around the corner. Whitening product is painted onto your teeth, then activated using a laser for faster results.
Crooked teeth aren't the end of the world, and they can be solved using discreet, modern methods. If the thought of walking down the aisle looking like a teenager with a full set of metal braces fills you with horror, don't worry. There are now several types of invisible braces, specially designed for adults. These clear plastic braces are molded to the shape of your mouth and worn throughout the day. They can be removed to eat and for special occasions like your wedding. No matter how far away your bid day is, invisible braces are a great investment towards a perfectly straight smile.
A chipped tooth can really dent your confidence, so it's lucky they're easy to treat. For a small chip, your dentist may be able to carry out a repair using a tooth-colored bonding material which will be shaped to resemble your original tooth. For a more severe chip, a veneer may be necessary. This is a thin piece of porcelain or resin that is placed over your entire tooth, covering the area of the chip. No-one will be able to tell the difference between a veneer and your natural teeth, and your finished smile will look healthy and whole.