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Wedding Teeth Whitening: Brighten Up Your Smile

Posted on November 24th, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Makeup 3 Comments

Bride smilingDress—check. Shoes—check. Veil or tiara—check. Jewelry—check. But what about you’re most important accessory?

You know. The one thing that you’ll be wearing all day long, even after the wedding ceremony and reception are over. That little something that no one can help but notice, and will likely make or break your overall look.

Clearly I’m talking about your smile!

Have you even begun to consider what you can do to improve those (hopefully) pearly whites? Well, if you haven’t, now is certainly a good time to start! You certainly don’t want to be walking down the aisle baring yellow-tinged teeth. Especially not in that perfect white dress!

Unfortunately, teeth whitening is often put off, or even overlooked all together because of the many other things a bride has to plan and arrange. However, the sooner you consider your teeth whitening options, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your glowing smile!

So what exactly are your options? And what is it going to cost you? Well, the following are the three most common methods of whitening: they each have their own pros and cons, from method strength to cost. Consider all the possibilities before making the right choice for you!

In-Office Whitening by your Dentist
If you choose to have your teeth whitened by your dentist, you’ll likely be spending a fair amount of money (between $100 and $800), depending on your practitioner. However, this is one of the most effective methods of teeth whitening. The procedure takes about an hour, and you’ll see immediate results. This is probably the best option for brides with sensitive teeth, as all other methods will cause either your teeth or gums to be even more sensitive.

At-home Custom Bleaching Trays
These bleaching trays are the kind designed specifically for you by your dentist. Because they are provided by your dentist, and the trays have been molded for your mouth, this method is particularly effective. You’ll probably see the most dramatic results, but it will take a little bit longer than laser in-office whitening. Also, this method costs a little bit more: likely between $300 and $2,000 for a custom fitting depending on your dentist and location.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Methods
You know you’ve heard of these: we’re talking Rembrandt whitening gel or Crest Whitestrips, or one of the other various options at your local drugstore. While this method is definitely the cheapest (between $20 and $50), its results are typically less than desired. Also, because you must treat your teeth for several hours over a 1 to 2 week period, your gums and/or teeth are likely to become much more sensitive, at least for a time. That said, if you can’t afford to spend at least a couple of hundred dollars on a whitening treatment, this could be your best bet.

Teeth whitening might be uncomfortable, and a pain in the rear end, but hey, pain is beauty right? And since we’re already started on the clichés: misery does, of course, love company, so why not make your beau beautify his smile as well? The only thing better than a bride with perfectly pearly whites is her and her hubby-to-be both donning glowing smiles on their big day!

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Comments (3)

  1. 1Kori Ellis

    I also recommend to every bride (or anyone getting their picture taken) to avoid brick red lipstick and use true red instead. The red lipsticks with orange or yellow undertones make your teeth look yellow, particularly in pictures. Using true red or reds with blue undertones will really make your teeth look brighter and whiter.

    I use over-the-counter teeth whitener .. the Crest one that comes in the little nail polish like bottle. It works really well for me, but I don’t drink coffee or smoke.

  2. 2Melissa

    Eric and I tried the teeth whitening for our wedding, and it totally didn’t work at all. But that was just us I guess, our teeth are too tough! Good suggestion with the lipstick though :)

  3. 3Courtney

    I used Crest Whitestrips for my wedding, and they worked, but only lightened my teeth a couple of shades. I guess I’ve just always wanted to try laser whitening anyway, though, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t completely satisfied.

    I do have a friend that recently got married and used a true red lipstick. I would have never been brave enough to go so bold, but the true red color contrasted beautifully with her wedding dress!

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