August 4, 2017, Adults
Want to Look Radiant on your Special Day?Start with Your Smile!When you greet your guests on your Special Day, the best expression is a bright healthy smile. If your smile is less than beautiful, here are some things that can be done to give your smile and face that special radiance.
At least a month before your big day, make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth and gums thoroughly cleaned. Food debris or hardened plaque, called tartar, can cause your gums to look red, swollen and even bleed. And of course, dirty gums and teeth can lead to bad breath – you don’t want that on your special day ! To keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling good, learn from your dentist the right way of brushing and flossing – and do it daily at home.
Often a professional cleaning (scaling and polishing) will remove unsightly discolouration caused by deposits of tartar and stains caused by tobacco, coffee and other foods. However, if the stains are internal, your teeth can be brightened. There are a few techniques available. Discuss with your dentist what would be best for you. Generally, dentist-prescribed gels can be applied in the comfort and convenience of your own home. It would take a couple of weeks for the gels to make a distinctive difference, so plan the time to get this done. Again, a month or two before the wedding day would be best.
If you have any missing teeth, get them replaced. There are several methods available to suit your budget. All artificial teeth take time to be custom-made for you. So plan ahead. Remember also to give yourself some time to get used to your new teeth so that you can, not only smile confidently, but also feast on your wedding day.
If you have a badly chipped tooth or a single discoloured tooth, it can be made to look as good as new with porcelain crowns or a thin shell, called a veneer (also made of porcelain). Again, don’t leave this for the last minute because it will take a couple of weeks for the crowns or veneers to be custom-made and installed in place.
Straight rows of teeth make for an elegant or refined smile.Yes, straightening your teeth takes time – generally about 12-24 months depending on the severity of the condition. In mild cases of irregularity e.g. in cases where you had straightened your teeth in your teens but over the years, some teeth have moved out of position, treatment can be much shorter.
Now, with Invisalign, there may be a way for you to continue straightening your teeth even as you go through your ceremonies. Invisalign is a series of clear, plastic, removable aligners that allow progressive movement of the teeth.
As the aligners are clear, people do not notice them. They are almost like contact lenses for the teeth!
These are just a few of the ways modern dentistry can make you look your best on your big day.
Remember – as with all your other preparations – always plan ahead, give plenty of time to get things done, and you can enjoy confidently flashing your gorgeous new smile.
Dr. Asha K. Karan, has been practising dentistry for more than 30 years. She graduated from the National University of Singapore, and has been continually updating her skills and knowledge in
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