You’re wearing an ornate white gown, your hair is in a fancy updo and you’re holding a bouquet of roses fit for a queen as you stare into your beloved’s eyes. Or or a beautifully fit tuxedo with perfectly polished shoes. It’s exactly how you both have always imagined your wedding day to be.
Then the photographer says “smile.” You panic. Your smile should not forever mar the photos of what should be the happiest day of your life – your wedding day. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been selected as Boston's "Go-To Dentist" for pre-wedding dental work. He has helped countless people (including the parents of the happy couple) achieve a naturally-radiant smile that will withstand the scrutiny of wedding photos that will be viewed for years.
From new whitening techniques to porcelain veneers and other restorative dental work, the smile of your dreams is within your reach come your wedding day.
If you think your smile will mar pictures or make you self conscious, then your wedding is the right reason to have a smile makeover.
Consider getting an initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist when you get engaged. You really want to start cosmetic dental procedures with as much time as possible to make sure it’s done right, and to give yourself time to enjoy your new smile and get used to it.
Many factors can impact the optimal outcome, including how straight the teeth are, what the condition is of the gums and whether there are existing crowns or fillings, so it’s definitely best to be evaluated well before the big event.
Regardless of what is wrong with your smile, there is likely something a cosmetic dentist can do to improve it by your wedding day, including:
White Wedding, Whiter Smile
People always want a brighter smile, so tooth whitening is popular before weddings. There are many tiers of tooth whitening available today. The darker your teeth, the more help they need. If you have significant discoloration, or discoloration on the sides of the teeth, these strips likely will not be sufficient.
The next step is usually take-home whitening trays or laser whitening. Both have advantages and disadvantages. It’s a personal preference. If your teeth are really dark and you want to whiten them quickly, laser whitening may be your best option. Laser whitening is often the choice for people who don’t like the idea of wearing mouth trays.
Take home trays are more expensive than laser whitening and take more time (but) you may get deeper whitening because you are bathing your teeth in whitening gel for a longer time.
Restorative Dental Work Before the Wedding
Like options for whitening teeth, there are also several routes a person can take to restore broken, chipped, cracked or stained teeth.
Dental Bonding is typically the first line. Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface. The small spaces are usually filled with cosmetic white bonding. This can close space and it is a simple, non-invasive and conservative procedure.
Dental Veneers are another popular choice for brides and grooms. These thin, custom-made shells cover the front side of teeth, and can be used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
Crowns may be needed if porcelain veneers won’t do the trick. A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. Crowns can restore a tooth’s shape, size and strength and/or improve its appearance. Crowns cover the visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Cosmetic Tooth Contouring Before the Wedding
Cosmetic dentists can correct minor defects in the shape and appearance of a tooth through a process referred to as tooth contouring or tooth reshaping.
This is sort of like filing your nails. If one tooth is longer or pointed or has a chip that needs to be smoothed out, then with a little cosmetic contouring teeth can look pretty, without the need for full braces or a crown. It’s not painful either. It’s pretty much like when you are doing your fingernails, you know something is being done, but it doesn’t hurt.
Regardless of what procedure you choose, make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry.
Continuing education assures that the chosen dentist is up-to-date on the latest techniques and materials in cosmetic dentistry. Questions to ask include does the dentist attend continuing education courses regularly. Also ask if the dentist passed a credentialing examination to become accredited by a group such as the AACD.
For more information on getting the perfect wedding smile, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.