Wedding Day Quickly Approaching? These Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Give Rapid Results
Your bridal photos are something you'll treasure forever – you want to look your very best at the wedding! Sadly, many brides spend thousands of dollars on a wedding dress and professional makeup while neglecting their smile. You want your smile to be as white as your wedding dress in your photos. A cosmetic dentist can give you the shining white smile you need, even if your wedding day is right around the corner. Here are some cosmetic dental procedures that quickly give you significant results.
In-Office Whitening Treatments From Your Dentist
While there are a variety of over-the-counter teeth whitening products you can purchase to whiten your teeth, having it performed in the dentist's office is much faster – perfect if you need a shining white smile for your wedding! Whitening gels contain a bleaching agent such as hydrogen peroxide that oxidizes the surface of your teeth, removing stains. You place the gel in a tray and put the tray inside your mouth, pressing the gel against your teeth so the gel can whiten them.
When you have your teeth whitened at the dentist's office, your dentist will use a gel with a much higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide than is available in over-the-counter products, so the whitening process is faster. In addition, your dentist creates a special tray that perfectly fits the contours of your teeth – this gives you better contact between the surface of your teeth and the whitening gel, giving you faster results. You'll experience a noticeably whiter smile after even one treatment. No matter how close the wedding day is, you can benefit from in-office whitening treatments from your dentist.
Traditional Dental Veneers or Painless No-Prep Dental Veneers
While whitening your teeth will give you the shining smile that you're looking for, it doesn't do anything to the shape of your teeth. If you have crooked or uneven teeth that need to be corrected, a dentist can use dental veneers to give you a perfect smile. Dental veneers are made of white porcelain that looks exactly like healthy, white teeth. They're bonded to your existing teeth to give your teeth a bright white appearance and a perfect shape.
Traditional veneers require your dentist to grind away the front-side enamel on your teeth – you're essentially replacing the front surface of your teeth with white porcelain. This process is irreversible since your enamel doesn't grow back. Once you have veneers put in, you're committed to periodically replacing them in order to protect the teeth that had their enamel filed off. While traditional veneers do give you a perfect smile, some people are uncomfortable with the irreversibility of the process. The other potential problem is that traditional veneers require two visits about two weeks apart – the first is to create a mold of your mouth, grind down your teeth and have the custom veneers made and the second is to bond the veneers to your teeth. If your wedding day is just around the corner, this may not fit into your schedule.
If you want to keep your enamel or your wedding day is imminent, find a dentist that specializes in painless no-prep veneers. Advances in machining technology allow a ceramist to create very thin veneers that fit perfectly over your teeth, eliminating the need to grind down your enamel. This process is also quicker than traditional veneers – while painless veneers also require two visits, the time in-between the two visits is only determined by how long it takes the ceramist to ship your custom-made veneers. If your looming wedding day makes you pressed for time, contact a few different cosmetic dentists to see who uses a ceramist with quick turnaround and fast shipping.