Here Comes the Bride
Are you getting married soon? Congratulations! You are about to embark on one of the most magical times of your life. But before you walk down the aisle, there is one thing you need to take care of: your smile!
At Austell Dental Associates, we understand that you want to be able to smile confidently — both in the moment and in photos. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to get your smile ready for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
1. Create and Stick to a Dental Hygiene Routine
Your teeth will look their best if you properly care for them! Taking care of your teeth means sticking to a dental hygiene routine that fits your daily schedule. Some things to keep in mind:
Brush Twice Daily
Ensure you brush your teeth once in the morning to remove any bacteria that grow overnight. Before bed, brush again to remove any food or drink that got stuck throughout the day.
Floss Once Daily
Plaque and tartar can be difficult to reach on your teeth due to their proximity. Flossing is a great way to remove this buildup and lower inflammation in the gums!
Rinse Your Mouth
After you brush, rinse out your mouth with a quality mouth rinse. Mouthwash kills bacteria in the mouth, strengthens teeth, and helps avoid gum disease. Oral rinse is clinically proven to enhance oral health and eradicate the bacteria that cause gingivitis and oral cancer.
2. Talk to Your Dentist About Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a great way to brighten your smile for your big day! Our team at Austell Dental Associates offers a mild whitening product to obtain your desired whiter and brighter smile.
You will receive custom trays that hold the whitening gel. These trays should be worn for one to two hours every day until you reach your desired color; the process typically takes anywhere from two to six weeks.
3. Correct Broken or Chipped Teeth With Restorative Dentistry
Sometimes, teeth are broken or chipped, reducing confidence for your wedding day. Restorative dentistry can fix tooth cracks and breaks! Some restorative dentistry procedures we suggest include:
Teeth bonding is a procedure in which a dental professional applies a very thing adhesive to your tooth. The glue is then hardened with blue light, reshaping your broken or cracked tooth.
A tooth crown is a cap that gets placed over an entire tooth. Crowns are a great way to cover up broken or decayed teeth.
Bridges fill in gaps in the mouth where teeth are missing, so your teeth do not shift or develop an infection.
Patients with damaged or missing teeth who opt out of root canal therapy may benefit from dental implants. This process can take about six months to complete and involves several steps, including:
- Extracting damaged or decaying teeth
- Adding a synthetic bone graft to the opening in your gums
- Surgically placing a titanium screw into the jawbone
- Attaching a surgical crown to the screw underneath the gums
4. Straighten Your Teeth With Aligners
Clear aligners are another way to correct your smile! They can help adequately correct crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, and underbites! Our SureSmile Clear Aligners use clear, removable aligners to move your teeth over time gently.
If you choose clear aligners, plan for treatment to last six months to a year. As your teeth and bite adjust, we swap aligner trays every four to six weeks. Lastly, clear aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours daily, including overnight.
5. Get Wedding Ready at Austell Dental Associates
Now that you have prepped your smile, it's time to ensure it stays healthy and beautiful! Before your big day, schedule one last appointment with us for deep cleaning and an exam to remove any remaining plaque or tartar buildup. This appointment will also wrap up any potential problems before your wedding.
Your wedding day is one of your life's most exciting days. At Austell Dental Associates, you can count on us for your life's most important moments. We are your one-stop shop for your wedding day smile!
Contact us online or call our office at (770) 467-3888 to schedule an appointment for your oral hygiene and prevention, restorative dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry needs. See you soon!