American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, Dubai Healthcare City

BDS, PG DipClinDent

Dr. Catherine Wynne shares tips about preparing your smile for your wedding so that the treatments are completed in plenty of time and you look picture perfect on your wedding day.

Congratulations, you’re getting married! What an exciting time! Everyone loves a beautiful wedding with all its festivities and happy guests, but it’s the bride and groom everyone wants to see, they are the stars of the day.

You’re Wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of your life. You’ll probably never smile more than on your wedding day, and chances are you’ll never be photographed more than on this day.

Every bride wants to cherish and remember their wedding day, from their dress, hair, makeup and jewelry, every detail is important for achieving beautiful photographs not forgetting a confident and radiant smile.

There are plenty of pre-wedding functions also, so your teeth should be bright, healthy and picture ready for memories that last a lifetime for you and your family.

An increasing number of patients are looking for cosmetic dental treatment to boost their smile for their wedding , whether that’s with a professional teeth whitening treatment or more extensive cosmetic dental treatment needs..

An even more beautiful smile is totally achievable, no matter what your timeline, once you put in a little planning. Just like booking your wedding venue in advance of your wedding day, we recommend you schedule a dental exam as early as possible to define, implement and complete the treatment you may need in advance your big day.

The bride-to-be should attend the dentist for an initial consultation and examination. This first meeting with your dentist will help you determine your concerns, goals, expectations and wedding day timeline.

Make a list of all the issues with your teeth that are concerning you and take it to your appointment so you can discuss them.

You can take in photos or images of smiles that illustrate what you find attractive, this helps to ensure that your dentist understand exactly what you want or don’t want. To help make the best decision, it can also be useful to see before and after photos of actual patients that your dentist has treated,keeping in mind the condition of your teeth, shape of your face, personality and preferences.

At this consultation x-rays(if required), photographs of your teeth and dental impressions may be taken. 3D imaging can show the potential impact of dental procedures and helps to plan your treatment

Your dental health is of high importance as always and a routine as well as cosmetic assessment should be carried out. You don’t want to take the risk of a cavity or wisdom tooth giving you pain at the time of the wedding.

Customized treatment options will be offered, in keeping with your particular budget and time frame. You’ll learn about what to expect before, during and after each of the procedures and about new technology which complements standard techniques to achieving your best smile. Many factors can impact the optimal outcome, including how straight the teeth are, the gum condition and whether there are existing crowns or fillings.

Teeth cleaning and polishing
The best way of ensuring a radiant smile is to maintain your dental health. Oral hygiene will be assessed and advised as necessary by your dentist or hygienist.

A professional cleaning or scaling and prophylaxis done in a dental practice before your wedding can help remove stains and tartar buildup that might detract from your smile. A thorough and gentle cleaning also keeps gums healthy and brings a freshness to the mouth.

Teeth Whitening
People always want a brighter smile, so teeth whitening is a very popular treatment before weddings. There are a number of safe, simple and cost effective whitening options that can produce quite dramatic results.

Your dentist will help you to select the best teeth whitening option whether it’s in-clinic chairside whitening with laser or take-home whitening kits.Laser whitening is often the choice for people who don’t like the idea of wearing the bespoke trays used in home whitening.

Healthy teeth that have yellowed with age, or are stained from coffee, red wine or smoking, usually respond well to whitening. The darker your teeth, the more help they need.

My recommendation is not leave it just before the wedding but start it approximately 3 months before, followed by a top-up treatment about 1 week before the occasion.

Cosmetic Bonding and Dental Contouring
Smile enhancement does not always require a lot of time. Techniques such as reshaping and bonding, with teeth whitening can take place in just a few dental visits and produce very attractive results.

Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored composite filling materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface to fill small spaces, close gaps and to correct minor developmental defects in the shape and appearance of a tooth . Dental contouring involves gentle smoothing, which subtly reshapes teeth, removes uneven edges and corrects minor crowding.

It is a non-invasive and conservative procedure that is planned during your initial consultation.

Veneers
Veneers are another popular choice for brides and grooms that are unhappy with the appearance of their smile

Dental veneers (sometimes called dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length correcting size discrepancies and angulations, to give you the smile you’ve always wanted!

Dental veneers can also be made from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth

Crowns
If veneers aren’t appropriate for a patient, crowns maybe required. Porcelain or zirconia crowns can provide results that can last from 10 to 20 years. A crown is tooth-shaped “cap” placed over a tooth. Crowns can restore a tooth’s shape, size and strength while also improving its appearance.

Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. These are also restored with crowns,the visible portion that lies at and above the gum line.

Crowns typically require more time to complete than veneers, so it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to ensure you have enough time to plan and complete your treatment before your special day.

Orthodontics
Many patients dismiss orthodontics before their wedding as they think it will take a year or more to get a good outcome. However, it’s possible to achieve fantastic orthodontic results in as little as six months with adult braces and aligners

Aligners straighten your teeth using a series of clear removable trays (they look like very thin mouthguards) so you won’t need to worry about seeing brackets on your teeth during your pre-wedding festivities. Braces are now also more aesthetically pleasing, they can be clear, ceramic or even invisible.

While technology has changed the way braces look, they still don’t work overnight. Start as early as you can if you want a perfectly straight smile by your wedding day and any retainers required can be fitted in time so you can get used to them before the big day

Treatment Aftercare
Patients should be given aftercare instructions based on the procedures performed. In general, it is important to follow a good home oral health care routine, including brushing, flossing, and mouthwash to maintain the results of their bridal makeover.

Additionally, patients should continue to visit their dentist twice a year, or as recommended, for their regular dental check up and cleaning. Proactive dental care will help the patient’s smile remain healthy, strong, and beautiful.

So, you can see with a little pre-planning you can smile proudly on your wedding day.