If you are planning on whitening your teeth before the wedding then you will want to read this Wedding Wednesday blog post! Here are some tips for whitening your smile.
At Home Whitening Treatments
There are a lot of DIY whitening treatments out there. Each of them work differently on different people. The top tip for at home treatments is to read the ingredients and the reviews from dentists. Some of those charcoal and whitening systems that are sold on social media have been found to do some serious damage to your teeth. Reading the reviews from dentists and the ingredients will help you find one that's safe to use. There can be some sensitivity associated with whitening strips and toothpaste. If you are prone to sensitive teeth looks for whitening treatments that are made for sensitive teeth. One of the top rated whitening strips is the Crest Whitestrip system. Using those strips with whitening toothpaste can really help you see a difference and give you a whiter smile. You will want to start your treatment about 3-4 weeks before your wedding. The cost is around $30-$200 depending on the system you use. Your results will vary with your teeth and tooth shade and smoking and drinking dark colored beverages can lessen your results.
In Office Whitening Treatments
For profesional, whiter, and faster results then an in office treatment is your best bet. Your dentist will be able to talk you through the different options and which one is best for you. You will want to get your teeth professionally cleaned about a week before your treatment to get rid of any plaque and surface stains. Getting your teeth cleaned in advance of the whitening treatment will help lessen your chances of sensitivity. You will want to get your teeth professionally whitened around 2-3 weeks before your wedding. This will give you a chance to get rid of any sensitivity or do another treatment if necessary. Professional whitening treatments cost around $1,200.
What To Do After An At Home Or In Office Treatment
After you either do a DYI or professional treatment you will want to take a few steps to make sure you keep your smile looking bright. Right after you do a whitening treatment your teeth will be more susceptible to stains. The first week can be crucial to making sure you teeth stay stain free. Try to avoid smoking and dark beverages such as soda, wine, coffee, and tea. If you need to have a coffee or soda fix, use a straw to help keep the beverage away from your teeth. Some fruit like blackberries can also stain your teeth. Keep up with your whitening toothpaste and try to brush your teeth after eating and drinking.