Helpful Hints for Getting a Brighter Big-Day Smile, According to a Dental Expert
These pro tips from Apa Aesthetic's Dr. Andi-Jean Miro will help you get your pearly whites ready for the big day.
When prepping for your wedding day, there's one essential detail you shouldn't ignore: polishing your picture-perfect smile. While there are several different ways to whiten your teeth, Dr. Andi-Jean Miro, a New York City-based dentist at Apa Aesthetic, says picking the right method doesn't have to be a challenge. Her advice for brides- and grooms-to-be? It all starts at home by steering clear of food or drinks like black coffee that stain teeth. The pro recommends drinking staining liquids through a straw and washing away heavy pigments with water. Her tips don't end there, though. "Patients who have looming nuptials have told me they want to be the best versions of themselves on their big day," Miro shares. "Getting your smile wedding-ready can be as easy as having a dental cleaning and a bleaching, to a full cosmetic makeover with veneers."
If you need more helpful hints to brighten your smile, you're in luck. Here, she guides you through everything from bleaching treatments to the perfect teeth-whitening timeline.
Schedule Teeth-Bleaching Appointments in Advance
If you are seriously thinking about scheduling a treatment to brighten your teeth, planning your initial bleaching consultation about four months before your wedding is key. "At that time, we can make special customized trays that fit your teeth exactly that you can place bleach into to maintain the results of your in-office treatment," Miro notes. "About two to three weeks prior to your big day, I would recommend a touch-up session in office to be extra white." As for what to expect from professional treatments? It all depends on the state of your teeth. "Patients with yellow undertones to their teeth will typically whiten slightly better than a patient with underlying grayish tones. This has a lot to do with how the teeth were formed and in turn, how susceptible they are to the active [bleaching] ingredient," she adds.
Use At-Home Treatments for a Fast Whitening Boost
Do you just need a slight touch-up to your smile? If your answer is yes, the dental expert recommends trying out whitening treatments from the comfort of your home. "You can get great results with at-home treatments like the Apa White Duo ($150, dermstore.com), which combines two different methods of bleaching agent application to the teeth," she says. "[It] has both a bleach containing pen that you can apply to the teeth as well as bleach on a super adhesive film that keeps the active ingredient on the teeth longer than your typical at-home products." The pro also suggests using the do-it-yourself treatments for about one hour each day, five days a week on a monthly basis leading up to your nuptials.
Consider Specialized Treatments for Your Smile
For anyone looking for treatments that take things one step further, veneers (thin layers of porcelain used to correct color, shape, width, and length of teeth) are a great option—but they require more lead time. "Six to eight months prior to the big day, I recommend going for a cosmetic consultation to talk about options for your smile. While we have done smile transformations using porcelain veneers as close as two weeks prior to the big day, it is preferable to book and have treatment done at least a month in advance," Miro shares. Dentists give you dental temporaries—a blueprint for your smile—and take impressions of your teeth in the first step of the three-phase treatment. You will then discuss the temporaries and customize them to your liking before the final veneer fabrication by a master ceramist. In your last phase, the temporaries will be removed, and the veneers will be added to the surface of your teeth.
Protect Your Teeth at All Times
Whatever whitening method you use, always keep your health in mind. For those with easily irritated teeth, Miro recommends using a toothpaste that caters to sensitive teeth and limiting how often you bleach. "Prior to your big day, a tooth cleaning and polishing is a great idea to remove external stains and can be done with minimal sensitivity," she says.