Summer is finally here and that signifies the start of wedding season. Whether you are the bride or groom to be or a friend or family member attending that special wedding day, there’s no doubt that the day will be full of smiles.
Are you happy for your smile to be snapped on camera? Or do you feel embarrassed about your teeth and your smile? It’s not too late to make changes and to enhance your natural smile, and one of the simplest ways is with teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening for the wedding season
There are several ways to whiten your teeth. There are home kits, but the NHS has warned that some of these kits do not have enough bleaching agent contained in them so do not make a huge difference, or more worryingly, some of them have ill-fitting mouth guards, which could leak the gel onto your gums or mouth, causing sensitivity or blistering.
There are professional mouth guard systems, whereby you visit your dentist and they make tailor-made mouth guards and instruct you as to how exactly how to use the system. The final system is laser treatments, which are usually more expensive, and should only be conducted by a professional dentist.
In fact, the General Dental Council has confirmed that teeth whitening is seen as a professional dentistry service so can only legally be conducted by a dental professional.
Consult your dentist
Whichever treatment you decide to go for, you should consult your dentist before commencing treatment. Teeth come in all forms and it is best to get professional advice on what treatment is best for your teeth. If you have periodontal disease for example, you may be limited to what treatments you can use.
Avoid teeth staining foods and drinks
Teeth whitening can lighten your existing teeth several shades but there are other things you can do to keep your pearly whites shining bright. You can avoid teeth staining food and drinks. These include red wine, tea and coffee and colas, as well as deep coloured berries and soy sauce.
Drink more water
It is important to keep hydrated for our body’s general health, but it can also help our smile and oral health. Increasing your water consumption in the run up to the wedding day will keep you energised. Drinking water throughout the wedding day can water down stain-causing foods and will keep your mouth and lips moist and hydrated helping those smiles to keep on coming.
If you would like some further advice on teeth whitening, and to arrange an appointment please call the Bosham Dental Clinic on 01243 778888