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Your Big Day: Create a Smile as Bright as Your Dress
- July 28, 2016
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- Category: NEWS & PUBLICATION
Many brides can’t wait to walk down the aisle in a stark white dress. What they may not realize is that this bright white could actually extenuate stains on your teeth. You don’t want to compromise on your dress, so don’t compromise on your teeth either! Get a brighter smile for your big day with teeth whitening services.
Stains and Discoloration
The outer layer of your teeth, called the enamel, can become stained over time from the foods and drinks that you consume. Common culprits include:
- Food dye
- Certain medications
- Tomato sauce
As you get older, your enamel becomes weaker, which can make your teeth have a yellowish tint or coloring even if you avoid these culprits.
Teeth Whitening Services
Teeth whitening services are more effective than most over-the-counter whitening products. They also provide deeper, longer-lasting results—so you will look great in your honeymoon pictures as well! We offer both at home and in-office treatments to fit your teeth whitening needs. These include:
- Custom fitting bleaching trays
- In-office bleaching treatments
- A seven-day treatment that molds to each tooth for maximum coverage
If you want to use a teeth whitening service, we recommend coming in one to two months before your big day. That way, if your teeth become sensitive or if you have a less-than-ideal reaction, you will have plenty of time to recover. We want you to look great, and be able to eat your cake too!
Other Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Teeth White for the Big Day
After you have received your whitening treatment, you will want to try to avoid the common culprits of teeth staining, if at all possible. You may also want to:
- Brush your teeth right away after you eat one of the off-limit foods or drinks
- Use a toothpaste that has a whitening agent
- If you cannot brush right away, rinse your mouth out with water
- Switch to using a straw to drink your favorite soda
- Keep up with your regularly scheduled dental appointments
- Load up on apples, celery, and carrots—they produce more saliva, which helps wash away food debris
- Chew sugar free gum
- Keep up with your daily teeth-cleaning habits
Take Steps to Prevent Dental Trauma
Caution is key. Wearing a mouth guard during sports such as baseball, football, basketball, and yes, even jumping on the trampoline, can help protect against dental trauma.
Avoid hard foods and candies. Where’s the fun in that? We know—but avoiding biting down too hard on things like jawbreakers, corn on the cob, nuts, etc… can save you a lot of pain in the long run! But even being careful isn’t always enough, and a lot can happen to your teeth clear out of the blue! Accidents happen—a slip and fall, a bite down on an unexpected bone or popcorn kernel…and in a second those picnics can turn ugly!
If you or someone you know suffers from dental trauma, follow these steps, and get in and see us right away!
If You Chip a Tooth– Don’t Panic—often, a chipped tooth can be remedied easily by a dental professional.
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm water
- Find the chipped piece
- Keep the piece moist by slightly dampening some gauze, wrapping the tooth and storing it in a plastic bag.
- Purchase dental cement (available at most drugstores) and cover the tooth until you can get in and see us!
If You Lose a Permanent Tooth
- Don’t Panic—over five million teeth get knocked out every year! You’re in good hands.
- Handle the tooth by the crown (chewing surface) ONLY! Never by the root!
- Gently rinse the tooth and your mouth with warm water. Do not scrub or dry the tooth!
- If possible, insert the tooth into the socket by carefully placing it and closing your mouth, taking care to keep it in place.
- If inserting it into the socket is not possible, it’s imperative to keep the tooth moist. Place it in an emergency tooth preservation kit (available at most drugstores), milk, or just in your mouth next to your cheek.
- See a dentist as soon as possible, within thirty minutes of the injury is best.