Ronald L. Cooper DDS, FAGD

Your October wedding is all planned.

Dress and venue are picked out.

Hair appointment set.

Caterer and menu chosen.

Photographer signed up.

Officiant booked.

Invitations sent.

You’re all done now, right?

Well, maybe not.

What about your teeth? Yes, your teeth!

It’s okay if you didn’t think about that. Too often, a bride forgets one of the most important features of her appearance: Her smile. If the bride’s teeth are stained from coffee, tobacco, medications or trauma, your smile might need a treatment to get ready for “ever after” and for forever in the wedding album.

The importance of healthy teeth and smile should always be a priority but more and more brides-to-be are considering treatment before their big day. So here are some bridal dental tips.

(Teeth whitening is effective on yellow teeth but typically will not work on caps, crowns, veneers or fillings. Consult your dentist before having it done.)

So, here are Options for a Teeth Whitening for the busy bride:

  1. In-Office Whitening: This is the fastest option. A whitening agent is applied to the teeth several times within an hour. This procedure is done by a licensed dental professional with specialized training in teeth whitening.
  2. Home Whitening: You take products home with you and apply the whitening agents over a 7-10 day period before the wedding. It gives you more control over the process and you can touch up your teeth at any time right up to wedding day.
  3. Whitening Toothpastes: Most toothpastes can help remove some stains using mild abrasives which scrub the teeth. Make sure the ADA seal is on your whitening toothpaste. This means that your toothpaste has special polishing and chemical agents that provide extra stain removing features. These ADA-approved toothpastes won’t change the color of your teeth as they can only remove surface stains.

Some teeth whitening patients do experience teeth sensitivity. When the peroxide in the whitener gets past the enamel and into the dentin soft layer, there can be some temporary discomfort. Most dentists will delay treatment and try again in a brief period of time. Glo Science is a new whitening treatment formulated for those with teeth sensitivity.

Bottom Line: Make sure you don’t overuse home whiteners as they can damage tooth enamel or gums. The best course of action is to consult your dentist first before doing any in-office or home teeth whitening treatments.

So, as your wedding day draws near, say “I do” to a teeth whitening. Your healthy smile will be as memorable as your dress, your hair, your groom or your reception. You will not regret it.

If you’d like to have your teeth whitened or would like a consultation on the options, contact Ron Cooper DDS. We will have you in for an appointment and ready before your big day! Our number is (202) 463-2090 or contact us at