Every single person should be able to look back at their wedding day and think of it as the best day of their lives. Unfortunately, the reality is that most brides are plagued by a whole host of worries as their big day approaches — not least the way they look and how they will be immortalized in picture.
According to one study, above paying deposits and the weather on their big day, the biggest bridal concern was how they will look in their wedding photographs. The 2018 survey interviewed over 2,000 participants, and a remarkable 69% said they wanted to look good in their official photos and were worried this wouldn’t be the case. Of course, this is completely understandable. After all, every bride, regardless of their style, wants to look confident and glowing. Interestingly, what is holding most brides back is their pearly whites.
According to a separate study, as much as 42% of us are so sensitive about how our teeth look that we refuse to openly grin in photographs. If this is the case for you, there are a number of ways you can transform your smile so you’ll be grinning confidently on your big day.
#1 Go for a Consultation
Before you begin, you need to get to grips with the condition of your teeth. Think honestly about the last time you went to the dentist because statistics indicate the average Briton hasn’t been to see a dentist in more than a decade. This can have catastrophic effects on your teeth, so you need to know what you’re working with.
If you want to explore other options listed below, you’ll need to get the process started early. These procedures can take time, and no good dentist will do work on a set of gnashers that requires extensive dental care. About a year before your wedding day, get yourself an appointment and see what your options are. Most importantly, relax — although more than a third of Brits are terrified of the dentist, we know how to put people at ease.
#2 Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is something that can really give a bride a reason to smile. Remember not to leave it too long, though. If you want to get your teeth whitened professionally, the process can take around two weeks, depending on the results you’re looking for. The same is true for methods you can employ at home.
#3 Dental Implants
If you are missing a tooth, dental implants could be the right choice for you. Dental implants last a long time and, when done correctly, look really natural. You usually need to have an artificial root installed and, once the root is healed, you will get a false tooth placed on top. Implants can take up to six months, depending on the work that needs to be done, so if this is something you are looking into, it’s best to get it sorted early.
If you’re put off the idea of wearing metal braces as an adult but you’re eager to straighten out your teeth, thankfully, you have another option in the form of Invisalign. The process creating a series of aligners that, over time, gently move your teeth into place. These aligners are clear and removable, making them convenient for any fashion-conscience bride-to-be. The process can take up to two years and will require many check-ups along the way.
#5 Porcelain Veneers
Everyone knows about porcelain veneers — the celebrity secret to a perfect white smile. They can work wonders, quickly. Even if you only have a month to go before the big day, veneers can give you the bright, perfect smile you’re looking for.
#6 Don’t Take Risks
Whether you whiten your teeth at home or you are looking for a professional dentist to give you a set of gleaming veneers, it is important to do your research. You don’t want to rush into anything and risk terrible results. If you need a great example of a bride who chose the wrong dental surgery, you need look no further than the bride-to-be who was left with black and rotting teeth just a few months before her wedding as a result of botched veneers. It cost her a further £7,000 to fix them.
#7 Avoid Teeth-Staining Foods
When it comes to what you can do at home, watching what you eat and drink is the best thing you could possibly do. Snacks like apples and celery can help to keep your teeth bright and clean, as they are loaded with fibre and naturally abrasive. On the other hand, you should avoid dark food and drink such as coffee, red wine and barbecue sauce. If you simply can’t give up your daily caffeine fix, consider sipping your drink through a straw. That way, you can avoid direct teeth contact.
#8 Confidence Is Your Secret Weapon
More than anything else, confidence is the most important thing when it comes to looking fabulous in your wedding photos. Grin with all the confidence of a supermodel and allow your complete happiness to shine through, and you’ll look incredible in your wedding photos. Your body language can speak volumes, so don’t shy away from the snapshot.
About the Author: Doctor Yvoni Kirmanidou is an experienced and qualified prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist at the Tooth Doctor. Doctor Kirmanidou is passionate about facial aesthetics and helping individuals become the people they want to be.
Please note that the above is the view of the Author and not Fund Your Wedding.