How to have the perfect smile on your wedding day
From radical aesthetic changes to regular maintenance and on-the-day tips, here’s how to ensure your teeth are pearly perfection for your nuptials.
Once the initial flurry of engagement excitement subsides and the carousel of celebratory champagne parties winds to a halt, the bride suddenly finds herself with an inordinate number of tasks to be completed in a relatively short amount of time. Of course, the groom may have tasks too. But most often it is the bride - through sheer force of dream-wedding willpower – that shoulders the bulk of the burden. If you’re about to get married, prepare to have new-found respect for the hosts of all those weddings you’ve attended up to this point.
There’s the guest list to organise, the venue to find and the date to choose. Not to mention the flowers, food, music – the list is seemingly endless. There is a lot to do. But don’t allow yourself to be overcome by the stress of prep. This is a happy occasion after all, and the lead-up to the event should be just as happy. So how does the frazzled bride achieve a sense of pre ‘I do’ zen? With a little bit of self-care. Schedule some Pilates classes. Factor a facial or two into your brimming spreadsheet. And take care of your teeth. Yes, really…
Next to dress fittings and seating dilemmas, your teeth may seem like a negligible part of your big day. But think of it this way. All weddings - from the down-the-road do to the destination extravaganza - have one crucial thing in common: photographs. There will be photographers recording your day for posterity and asking you to smile – wouldn’t you like your smile to look as perfect as you feel?
Worry not, achieving that cheesy grin is easier than you think. Here’s some things to consider before you walk up that aisle.
1. Consider braces
Think that wonky teeth are something that need to be fully corrected in the awkward teenage years? Think again. Nowadays there are so many barely-noticeable brace options on the market that getting a straight smile doesn’t mean getting a mouth full of metal. Making your teeth even not only has obvious aesthetic benefits, it can also help to reduce the gaps and crevices where plaque can accumulate – minimising your risk of cavities. Your orthodontist can advise you on the best course of action.
2. Get your teeth whitened
Want a really bling, red-carpet worthy, high-octane smile? Then you need to think about the colour of your teeth. Having slightly yellowed or dull-coloured teeth isn’t necessarily a sign that they’re in bad condition. While some stains result from coffee, wine or smoking, most discolouration is perfectly normal. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give them some whitening va-va-voom regardless. The whitening process has become more sophisticated in recent years. It’s no longer a one-colour-suits all whitening bleach, but rather a tailored approach to suit your complexion. After all, no one wants to look like Ross Geller in that Friends episode! You’ll find a gleaming set of gnashers can take years off your face.
3. Make sure your wedding dress complements your teeth and complexion
We just mentioned that the process of teeth-whitening has become more tailored, looking at the individual’s personal colouring before deciding on a shade. The same consideration needs to be given to the colour of your dress. Depending on your skin tone, certain shades of cream or off-white in your bridal fabric can actually make your teeth look less pristine than they actually are. Pick a shade on the spectrum of white that suits you (factoring in whether or not you’ll be using fake tan).
4. Brush and floss regularly
You may be busy, but Wedmin is no excuse to let your regular dental hygiene habits slip. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing at least twice a day, using a toothpaste tailored to your specific oral needs. Sensodyne is a good choice if you’ve been suffering from sensitivity while Aquafresh Extreme Clean can really help to prolong the new-found whiteness from your whitening treatment.
5. Don’t forget a dental check-up
Looking after your teeth is not just for appearance sake (though this is important), there are very clear oral health benefits to taking care of your teeth and mouth. After all, the last thing you want is an agonising toothache on the eve of your wedding. Or, worse still, an infected cavity at 30,000 feet on route to your honeymoon. Shudder. Keep up with your dental check-ups to ensure everything is as it should be.
6. Get lippy
When choosing your make-up, think carefully about your lipstick. The right shade can really frame your smile and give your teeth that added zing. Teeth tend to look whiter against a backdrop of a contrasting darker colour. Think peachy or plumy shades.
7. Don’t choose wedding food that will stick in your teeth
This one is a no-brainer. But if you can’t say no to the sides of spinach and corn, at least have a very diligent bridesmaid on hand with floss to help you.
Your wedding day isn’t all about the perfect smile, but it’s a good place to start. Feel happy, look happy.