How to get the sparkling wedding smile you've always wanted.
Want teeth as white as your wedding dress? Your smile is one of the most important aspects of your bridal look on the big day; just think of how much you'll be grinning in all the wedding photos! Be sure that nothing gets in the way of your beaming, gleaming smile by prepping your pearly whites prior to the celebration. Teeth whitening is essential for showing off your whitest smile in engagement and wedding photos. You don't necessarily have to head straight for your dentist for an expensive teeth-whitening treatment, though—there are plenty of DIY and home-whitening solutions that will give you the sparkling wedding smile you've always wanted. Click through for our best tips for teeth.
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Use a Teeth-Whitening Toothbrush
Not all manual brushes are created equal, especially when it comes to teeth-whitening capabilities. Colgate Optic White Whitening Pen and Toothbrush has a built-in pen that is stored in the base of the brush itself, offering a mildly effervescent teeth-whitening gel that gets applied gently right after brushing with your normal toothpaste. No waiting, rinsing, or expensive hassles—and noticeable results can appear in as little as one day ($14.99, colgateopticwhite.com).
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Schedule Dental Visits in Advance
While the months leading up to your wedding may be totally jam-packed with every type of appointment other than sitting in a dentist's chair, making an appointment well in advance is the key to having a perfect smile when it counts, says NYC Cosmetic Dentist, Sivan Finkel, DMD. "At least six months before, schedule a consult with a cosmetic dentist to discuss whitening or any other imperfections you would want to fix before your big day."
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Steer Clear of Red Wine & Other Dark Drinks
"On the wedding day or even day before, I would recommend not touching a glass of red wine or dark berries. Both stain the teeth and lips. If you MUST drink or eat them, then please swish your mouth with water after," shares Dr. Finkel. Sounds like a pretty good excuse for a glass of white or Champagne, right?
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There are a ton of home teeth-whitening kits out there, but not all of them deliver fast results, and if you're in the final days leading up to your wedding that's something to consider. The Platinum Teeth Whitening system by IntelliWHITE whitens teeth an average of six shades in four days, which sounds about perfect for all those joyous pictures you'll be taking. It's also gentler on teeth than a lot of the harsh strips on the market, and dentist-developed ($49.50, rxbright.com).
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DIY Your Teeth-Whitening Paste
If you're low on time and devoting all your spare cash to floral arrangements, wedding dress accessories, and party favors, that's okay—Colgate recommends a mild DIY teeth-whitening solution that costs pennies to whip up and can actively help loosen and lighten old stains from years of coffee drinking, berry eating, and dark chocolate binging. It just comes down to the right combo of over-the-counter peroxide and baking soda. Recipe here.
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Whiten With Charcoal
Black is the new white when it comes to toothpaste, and that's because one Swiss toothpaste company is using activated charcoal in their toothpaste line to actively absorb dirt, discoloration, and stains. The charcoal essentially acts as a teeth whitening magnet to 'pull' stains out of porous teeth, revealing a whiter-than-before smile without breaking down enamel or using harsh bleaching agents. There's also no SLS, plastic particles, or triclosan, making this paste a favorite of natural-beauty lovers ($29.99, curaprox.com).
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Use a Straw
If you absolutely must drink stain-creating substances like berry smoothies, cola, and cranberry juice, do it through a straw to limit direct contact with your teeth. Don't swish! This won't actually lighten your teeth, but it will prevent additional stains, discoloration, and help preserve the life of your existing teeth-whitening treatments.
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Chew More Sugar-Free Gum
Dentists agree that chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva production, which helps keep teeth cleaner and brighter without adding tons of effort to your normal routine. Sounds like a good excuse to kick back and blow some bubbles!
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Snack on Strawberries
You'll have to put the blueberries and red wine aside for your teeth-whitening journey, but strawberries can actually help whiten your teeth thanks to high concentrations of natural whiteners like vitamin C and malic acid. Just don't sprinkle on any extra sugar, okay?
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