Many girls call the wedding the most important day of their life. And this is not surprising. Have you ever seen something more stunning than a beautiful bride in an amazing dress with a charming smile? If you recognize yourself in this picture and your wedding is already on the way, what could be better than a carefully prepared image of the bride? One place from which you can start your preparation is a teeth whitening procedure.
Despite the fact that a teeth whitening procedure is quite affordable and can produce wonderful results, it is not suitable for people with:
- If you have gum disease, you shouldn’t perform teeth whitening till the condition is treated.
- People with yellowish teeth usually have better results than people with a grayish teeth color.
- If you have dental restorations like tooth-colored fillings, implants or crowns, they will remain the same color and will differ from your bleached teeth.
What types of teeth whitening can be performed?
There is a quite big number of different bleaching methods you can perform in the dentist’s office or at home. The most popular teeth whitening options are:
1. Bleaching trays and gels
Bleaching trays and gels can be quite effective but it may take a long time to obtain the desired results. This method can be inconvenient because you need to wear gel-filled trays for several hours a day or during the night. If you purchased these trays from the dentist, you will probably see noticeable results in 3-4 days. Bleaching trays from the dentist work much faster and give better results because of the peroxide-bleaching contained agent in them. Over the counter trays and gels can require much more time and the effect is not as obvious during the first few days.
2. Whitening strips
Over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are usually not expensive and don’t require a lot of effort to apply. They actually do their job but it usually takes longer to get the results since the peroxide-bleaching agent in these teeth whitening strips is not very strong.
3. Whitening toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste contains tiny abrasives to remove stains on the teeth surface. Some types of whitening toothpaste contain polishing agents and specific chemicals that are more effective against stains than the usual toothpaste, but they don’t actually “whiten” your teeth.
4. In-office teeth whitening procedure
Teeth whitening performed in the dentist’s office shows better results than home kits. In-office teeth whitening is performed in the dentist’s chair and it usually takes an hour or so. This procedure is more expensive, but the results can be seen immediately and you can also save precious time before your wedding.
What you should know before teeth whitening?
If you decided to whiten your teeth, you need to make an appointment with your dentist. Professional teeth cleaning is required before bleaching. It helps remove plaque, food particles and different surface stains (for example, tea, coffee, and nicotine). Teeth whitening may have an unpleasant side effect like tooth sensitivity. In order to avoid it, you can use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth during several weeks before the teeth whitening.
How to maintain the bleaching results?
If you want your teeth to remain snow-white for a longer period of time, you need to avoid foods and drinks that can leave stains on teeth. It is also recommended to give up smoking because nicotine is able to darken your teeth as well.
Whitening toothpaste is able to remove surface stains on your teeth. Thorough oral hygiene is also very important. In order to keep your smile whiter, you need to brush your teeth twice a day and to use dental floss at least once a day. Regular dental check-ups are also needed to maintain your beautiful smile.