White Teeth for your Wedding Day

white teethOn the day you get married your face is going to be looked at, photographed and held as never before or again and your blushing bride smile will be seen by everybody.

You have spent many months planning your outfits, matching flowers and decorations, having your hair pulled and prodded for the perfect hairstyle, growing fingernails and sticking to a healthy diet and skin regime to enable you to look every inch the princess you so rightly deserve to look and feel on your wedding day.

You look wonderful and radiant but all can be marred by a mouthful of not so nice coloured teeth that can somehow appear even more yellow against the pure white or striking ivory of your fabulous wedding dress.

With just a few simple steps there is no reason your teeth can not be as dazzling as your smile without having that bleached film star look.

First step is prevention!  Looking after our teeth is taught from a very early stage and there are enough whiteners and tooth powders on the shelves today that we really have no excuse for yellowed teeth.

Maintaining your Teeth on a Daily Basis

Brushing teeth every morning and evening should be a daily habit that is part of your regular beauty regime.

A toothbrush with soft bristles is best used and do not use a lot of pressure when brushing as this leads to gum damage.

When brushing your teeth, don’t brush in an up and down movement.   Starting from the bottom row of teeth place your brush where the tooth meets the gum and brush upwards.  Go at the back of the teeth and repeat with upwards strokes.  While doing so bring the brush across the top of the tooth but don’t press down towards the gum on the other side as you will only be forcing food particles into your gum.

Don’t forget to clean your tongue with gentle scrubbing movements with either the bristles of your brush a tongue cleaner that most brushes now have attached.

Gargle with water or mouthwash after each brushing.

Flossing will go where toothbrushes can’t and the areas in between your teeth are a haven for food deposits to sit and plaque to form.  If plaque is left to build up it could form calculus which in turn may lead to the gum disease Gingivitis or even worse, Periodontitis.

Bad Things for Teeth

Here are some of the most common foods and drinks that can harm or stain our teeth.

  • Sticky and sweet foods will adhere very nicely to tooth surfaces and if not removed will lead to decay and gum disease. 
  • Sugary drinks will reduce the pH of Oral environment allowing acid to form and micro organisms to attack and erode the teeth.
  • Smoking can stain your teeth.
  • Drinking coffee, tea, red wine and dark drinks such as coke and cranberry juice will discolour teeth over time.
  • Foods such as curries, dark berries, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and spicy foods all attribute towards coloured teeth.
  • Some antibiotics can cause tartar and staining.
  • Disregarding your personal habits will determine the condition of your teeth.

Good Things for Teeth

After avoiding all the bad things, you should try to incorporate as many of these good things as possible.

  • Top of the list is personal hygiene and good care of your teeth.
  • Drinking lots of water increases saliva which has a lubrication property of washing away food debris between teeth.  Drink after each meal.
  • Cheese can lead to decrease in the amount of decay in teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth after eating and drinking sugary foods as well as after each meal.
  • Use an alcohol-free dental mouthwash at least once a day.  They will give you fresh breath and help reduce decay-causing micro organisms.
  • Ensure you go to the dentist every six month for a routine check up and a polish and shine.
  • Munch on celery sticks, apples or raw vegetables after meals.

Things to Help Whiten Teeth

Most people would like whiter teeth, here are a few pointers.

  • Tooth whitening in paste or powder form can be found on any supermarket and chemist shelf. 
  • Teeth brightening kits from the chemist which can involve a specially made tray that once filled with gel fits over your teeth and gently lightens them. 
  • Laser whitening treatments are more powerful and teeth can be whitened up to six shades lighter but this is more expensive.
  • Lightening Pens and Teeth Whiten Tips will help maintain the whiteness after gel treatment.
  • Black teeth can have a crown or a veneer fitted.
  • Tiny chips on teeth can be treated with ‘bonding’ which is a tooth-coloured plastic resin.

Quick Advice for your Teeth

Finally, a few quick pointers

  • Drink from a straw to minimise sugary contact with your teeth.
  • Use an electric toothbrush for maximum and correct cleaning.
  • Change your toothbrush regularly.
  • Use a plaque detection tablet that will disclose a dye where plaque is present.  This will show you where, if you are going wrong and not cleaning proper.
  • Above all, brush daily and visit your dentist!

Even though they are inside the mouth our teeth are the most important part of a smile and play a great deal in our looks and confidence.

Your wedding day is a day you want to radiate happiness and confidence and your bright sparkling smile will be even more evident when you are happy with showing off those pearly whites when saying ‘cheese’ for the many flashing cameras’.