You may not even realize it, but the wedding season is well under way! Since January, vendors have been busy showcasing their products and services at Bridal Shows across the province and the snow and frigid temperatures did nothing to dampen the spirits of the brides, grooms and guests attending these events.
Planning the perfect wedding or any special event is important and a great deal of time is spent attending to every last detail to ensure a memorable day for everyone. If you are preparing for a milestone occasion this year no doubt the clock has already started the countdown on all of the hundreds of items to check off your to-do-list.
One thing you will certainly be doing a lot of on your special day is smiling – something everyone is sure to notice!
If you are thinking that, among your grooming must-dos, your teeth are also in need of attention before the big day understanding the time frame that will be needed to attend to this matter could help you avoid the rush and disappointment that often accompanies last minute decisions.
If your teeth look lifeless and dull in colour, maybe all they need is a little pick me up. The quickest and easiest way to brighten your smile is with teeth whitening. Of course, the darker or more discoloured your teeth are the more help they may need. We recommend that you begin a few months before your event then you can supplement this process using a touch-up-kit a few days before the actual date arrives. It is also important to remember that existing dental work such as tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bonding, veneers, and bridges do not lighten and may need to be replaced.
There is a phrase that we use in dentistry – “If you’re not whitening you’re yellowing.” Be conscious of your food and beverage choices leading up to your special day to keep your teeth looking white and bright. The worst offenders are coffee, tea, red wine, soda pops, dark-coloured fruit juices, and of course, smoking.
A word of caution…
There are many at home whitening procedures that are suggested online. Some of the so-called “natural” methods use materials that are very abrasive or highly acidic and can actually damage your enamel and strip your teeth of their natural sheen permanently.
Restoring Your Teeth
In an ideal world, you will have already had a thorough dental exam and cleaning at least a year before your event giving you enough time for any follow-up care that is needed. While no one can ensure that you will not run into any dental emergencies, regular check-ups will help identify any dental health issues before they become larger. Broken, cracked or chipped teeth can usually be fixed in one visit depending on the level of severity, while replacing missing teeth may require a longer time frame. Unless you have an accident, toothaches are usually a long time in the making and often indicate a much deeper problem. Don’t wait until you have a toothache to see us
If, however, you would like to change or correct your teeth, a variety of smile makeover options are available to suit your individual needs. Changing your teeth’s shape and alignment does not always require the need for braces since porcelain veneers are now a popular choice for crooked teeth. For minor changes to the shape and size of your teeth a procedure called re-contouring can be done much like the way in which you would file your nails – just a little off here and there until a more pleasing look is accomplished.
Again, a quick exam will help us determine when treatment should begin so that your smile is ready on time and you can start practicing your smile pose early!
The only way you’ll know for sure if you suffer from bad breath is to ask someone you know will tell you the truth. Of course, bad breath from food choices can usually be a simple fix while ongoing, persistent mouth odour may be an indication of a much larger dental health issue.
Remember, there are many dental options to help make you make the most of your moment in the spotlight, but give yourself some leeway for any changes you may want to make or even to just give your mouth some time to become accustomed to a new cosmetic procedure. The art of a great looking smile does not happen overnight. Your unique smile should given the attention it deserves and the time it takes to consider any “specific to you” issues.
Congratulations to all of our patients and their families who will be celebrating a special occasion this year! Let us know if we can be of any help along the way and if you really want to shine in a photo be sure to smile with your eyes as well as your mouth!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Family Day!
Dr. Sam Axelrod & the Your Smile Dental Team
Oshawa (905) 576-4537
Toronto (416) 783-3533