Everyone wants a picture-perfect wedding, but in the excitement of getting everything organised, sometimes the most essential thing gets neglected early, and that's taking care of yourself. No matter how beautiful your dress is, how immaculately styled your hair is, or how expertly applied your make up is, the whole effect will be totally spoiled if your smile isn't up to the same high standards. And let's face it; if your wedding day is going anything like it is supposed to be, your teeth are going to be on constant display. That said, here's a few things you can do to make sure you have a smile that is just as perfect as can be:
1. Dedicate some time each day to taking care of yourself
Organising the most exciting day of your life can be a stressful and sometimes exhausting experience. Simple things like good nutrition, proper hydration, and keeping up your daily grooming routine are just as important as ever, and maybe even more so. Don't skimp on these vital steps to staying healthy. When your fluid intake is insufficient, every cell in your body begins to suffer some deterioration. The cells in your teeth that help to keep them healthy and resistant to damage and infection are no exception so you should ensure you're getting enough nutrients from the foods you eat. You can take care of both these things simply by including a healthy green salad as one of your daily meals, topped off with a handful of walnuts and a cup or two of chopped strawberries, and dressed with apple cider vinegar and a dash of natural yogurt. The science of all this is as elegant as it is delicious: the malic acid in the ACV and the strawberries helps to remove staining agents and plaque residue from your teeth, the yogurt, walnuts and strawberries give you a powerful cocktail of nutrients, and the whole darn thing (if you make it properly) is about 80 to 90% water, so you'll get plenty of hydration from it as well. Avoid over-indulging on grains and carbohydrates, especially wheat. Grains are high in phosphorus and will rob your body of calcium. It's one of the reasons why the best and most successful dairy farms still feed their cows grass instead of grains.
2. Try to give up coffee, tea, and smoking
The substances in tobacco, coffee, and tea are bad for your teeth, so the more you can cut down on these items, the more easily you'll be able to avoid discoloured teeth.
3. If there's time, use natural whitening remedies
Those commercial tooth-whitening remedies are quick but they're also quite unhealthy and contain chemicals you really ought not to be ingesting. Natural remedies are therefore a safer and better alternative, but they will take more time to be fully effective. Some things you can try include:
- Swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth for a few minutes before you brush
- Make a toothpaste of one part turmeric to 2 parts coconut oil, brush with it, rinse, then brush normally
- Swish with a 6:4 mix of ACV and water, then brush normally
Any of these techniques should provide good results for whitening
your teeth without any dangerous side effects. You'll notice we didn't mention some of the classic methods that include baking soda, salt, or charcoal. All of these are potentially abrasive, and in the case of charcoal it may stain your gums temporarily, which is fine under normal circumstances but not when you're preparing for a special event.
4. Visit us at 3 Dental
While it's probably a good idea to steer clear of bleaching or other over-the-counter whitening methods, there is still a lot your dentist can do to help you achieve a winning smile. Some things a dentist can do for you include:
- Professionally cleaning your teeth and interdental spaces
- Check for dental problems
- Remove sharp points from the top edge of incisors
- Cap worn down teeth
- Apply veneers to the tooth surface
- Create false teeth or dental implants
5. Wear a mouth guard if you play sports, and avoid getting into fights
You should be doing these things anyway, but it's all the more important to do them in the days leading up to your wedding if you don't want a chipped or missing tooth to be the star feature of all your wedding photos.
6. In the end, it's really all about being sensible
Taking care of yourself, not neglecting your health, avoiding injury, and giving up the use of unhealthy substances is nothing more than common sense. Following up with natural whitening remedies and consulting a professional dentist for supporting services is the next logical step. If you can do all of these things, you should have a wonderful wedding day and a smile to match.