One of the best accessories you can have on your wedding day is a bright, beautiful smile that makes you feel confident throughout the entire day. Think about it: from saying “I do” to taking your wedding photos in a stunning location, to chatting with each of your guests, your teeth will frequently be front and centre.
For many brides and grooms, COVID-19 has sadly resulted in having to postpone their big day to a later date, due to travel limitations and other Coronavirus restrictions impacting on large gatherings. Looking on the bright side though, this gives you more time to plan, save and prepare for your wedding, including getting your teeth looking their absolute best for your special day!
Here are 5 dental treatments to get before your wedding day to get a head start on your wedding smile makeover.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are an increasingly common cosmetic dental treatment among our Gold Coast dental patients, due to the dramatic impact they can have on enhancing your smile. Porcelain veneers are thin shells made from porcelain that are placed on the front of a tooth to improve their appearance. They are custom made and coloured to perfectly match your other teeth.
Are porcelain veneers right for me?
Porcelain veneers are a fantastic option for patients with:
- Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
- Stained or discoloured teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Gaps or crooked teeth
How long before my wedding should I get veneers?
We’d recommend starting your porcelain veneers journey by booking a cosmetic consultation at least 8 weeks before your big event. This is plenty of time for digital smile planning, custom crafting your handmade veneers, trying in the temporary veneers and the final placement, plus the chance to make any final changes and settle into your new smile!
What is composite bonding?
Composite veneers (or composite bonding) are a type of non-prep veneer that can be reversed, whereas porcelain veneers are permanent (one of the important things to know before getting veneers). Tooth coloured composite resin, the same material used for fillings, is applied to the edges of the teeth to create a more desirable shape and size or to close gaps.
Is composite bonding right for me?
Composite bonding is the perfect cosmetic dental treatment for patients with:
- Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
- Unevenly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- A smaller budget that doesn’t allow for the higher cost of porcelain veneers (if composite veneers are still a suitable option for their particular case)
How long before my wedding should I get composite bonding?
It’s best to have composite bonding treatment completed 2 weeks before the special event at minimum, which will be enough time for application, polishing and alteration to shape, plus a chance for the composite to settle.
Best types of teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the fastest and most worthwhile ways to improve your smile without having to undergo any other significant dental treatment such as veneers or orthodontics (although it packs even more of a punch when combined with these treatments too!). The first and most affordable option is getting a take-home teeth whitening kit from your dentist. Your dentist will first take impressions (moulds) of your teeth to create a custom tray (similar to a mouthguard) which perfectly fits the shape of your teeth and mouth. You’ll then take this home and at a time that suits your schedule, will fill the tray with whitening gel and leave it in your mouth for a certain amount of time, depending on the concentration of the whitening gel you choose. Your teeth will gradually become whiter until you reach your desired shade after consistent applications.
The second professional teeth whitening option is in-chair teeth whitening at the dentist, which is the quickest, safest and most effective option to achieving a brighter and whiter smile within a 1 hour appointment.
- Your dentist will paint a layer of whitening gel onto your teeth
- Then they’ll use a blue LED lamp on your teeth to heat and activate the ingredients to penetrate the tooth enamel and speed up the whitening process, which is usually done three times within a 45 minute period.
- When your teeth get to the desired shade, your dentist will apply a post-treatment gel to the teeth to minimise sensitivity and protect the enamel on your teeth.
Is professional teeth whitening right for me?
Teeth whitening is ideal for patients with yellow, stained or discoloured teeth. Tooth discolouration is caused by a variety of reasons, including:
- Eating/drinking staining food and beverages such as curry, wine, tea or coffee
- Some medications
- Poor dental hygiene
How long before my wedding should I whiten my teeth?
It’s best to complete your teeth whitening treatment at least 2 weeks before your special occasion, so your teeth have the chance to rehydrate and settle into their final, more natural shade. This means in-chair whitening can be done two weeks ahead of time as it only requires one session, while you should begin at-home whitening at least a month before your event for a period of 2 weeks, leaving a settling period of 2 weeks after you reach your desired shade.
For those who want a straighter smile, changing the position of your teeth is a long-term process so having more time before your wedding is the perfect opportunity to undergo orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can completely transform your smile and give you an extra boost of confidence on your wedding day and every day after.
Invisalign clear aligners are custom made to fit your mouth and are worn over your teeth, similar to a mouth guard. They use gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth into a better position. Aligners are worn for at least 22 hours a day, and are changed every one to two weeks after the teeth reach the position of each slightly different aligner to continue the movement.
The benefits of Invisalign is that they are removable, discreet, and comfortable, so even if you are still undergoing treatment on your wedding day, you can remove them for a couple of hours while you have photos taken or are enjoying a glass of champagne with a slice of cake!
Is Invisalign treatment right for me?
Invisalign treatment is not the best option for all patients, with traditional orthodontics like braces being more appropriate for some difficult cases, such as severe overbites, jaw alignment or extremely rotated teeth.
Invisalign aligners are best for patients with teeth that are mildly to moderately:
It is also critical that you wear the aligners for the required amount of time each day in order for the teeth to move into their intended position in the anticipated length of time, so patients who will find it hard to comply may be better suited to braces, which are fixed to the teeth 24/7.
How long before my wedding should I start Invisalign treatment?:
The length of your treatment will differ depending on your individual case and the amount of movement required, with treatment for an adult taking ranging from 6 to 18 months on average.
Injectables and dentistry
Another fast and effective treatment that many brides and grooms are getting before their wedding day is cosmetic injectables. A very versatile treatment, they can be used to complement the other cosmetic dental treatments mentioned in several ways.
Muscle relaxant (also known as anti-wrinkle) injections can be used for:
- Treating a gummy smile (which is the amount of gum that appears above the upper teeth when smiling)
- Reducing teeth grinding (also known as TMJ disorder or TMD), which can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and a noticeably enlarged jaw muscle/square face shape
- Reducing lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead, which will create a younger appearance and refreshed smile
Dermal fillers are another popular injectable treatment, where hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the skin, is injected to add volume and structure to the face. It can enhance your natural features and face shape, and remove deep lines. Lip fillers help define the lip border and add volume to create a youthful frame to your smile. Dermal fillers usually last from 6 months to 2 years, depending on where they are injected and how thick the filler is.
How long before my wedding should I get cosmetic injectables?
Ideally, it’s best to allow 2 weeks for muscle relaxant injections to really take effect, and one month for dermal fillers so any potential swelling can subside and to decide if further treatment is necessary to achieve the desired result.
Gold Coast Wedding Dentist
If your teeth aren’t as bright, straight or evenly shaped as you’d like them to be, discussing potential cosmetic dental treatment options with your dentist well ahead of your special event will give you enough to create your ideal smile, which you’ll thank yourself for later when you get to see your beautiful wedding photos that will last a lifetime!
If you’re looking for the best cosmetic dentistry on the Gold Coast, Oasis Dental Studio in Broadbeach, Palm Beach and Chirn Park can provide several dental treatments perfect for your pre-wedding preparation, designed to not only enhance the appearance of your teeth, but also improve your oral health!