As you’re scheduling appointments for your hair, makeup and gown alternations, you may be considering whitening your teeth before the big day as well.
There are a few options if you want to try teeth whitening. Keep in mind that different shades of teeth whiten differently, so it’s a good idea to ask your dentist before you start. Bleaching strips on the market, such as Crest Whitestrips, often have good results with many patients and are a good, inexpensive way to try bleaching. You can find them in grocery and drug stores.
There are many versions of Crest Whitestrips available, from Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects to the Crest 3D White Whitestrips 1 Hour Express. Check out their coupon page for current discounts and promotions: http://www.3dwhite.com/crest-coupons/.
If the results are not what you expect, you may want to try an in-office bleaching system. Systems can vary from office to office, but you can typically expect a combination of at-home and in-office bleaching.
The first step is to have impressions made of your upper and lower teeth and customized bleaching trays are made for you to wear. These trays will hold the beaching gel against your teeth. You will be instructed to wear these trays for approximately two weeks before your in-office bleaching appointment, where a higher concentration of bleach is applied under a special bleaching light.
The second step is to come into the office for an hour, where your gums will be protected by a shield and a bleaching agent is applied to your teeth. For the next hour, your teeth are bleached using a special light. After this visit, you are instructed to continue using the custom trays at home for another two weeks.
The final step is to reevaluate the results. Make sure to talk to your dentist if the results aren’t what you expected; you may need to try the bleaching light a second time.
A few other tips to remember:
– Minimize coffee, tea and red wine before your wedding, as these items are prone to staining.
– Drink dark sodas or iced teas with a straw.
– In combination with a whitening system, use a whitening toothpaste to help with surface stains.
– If your teeth feel sensitive while using whitening products, you can try sensitivity toothpaste. If that doesn’t help, discontinue their use and talk to your dentist.