The “Wedding March,” a bouquet of white roses and peonies, new jewelry, a penny in your shoe, something borrowed, something blue, and … a lovely yellow smile.
Aww, man. I ruined it for you, didn’t I?
When you’re wearing a dreamy white dress, it’s not exactly attractive for your teeth to stick out in stark contrast because they are so dingy.
Every woman wants to look her best on her wedding day. Not just for her partner (although that's a biggie), but for herself, the guests, and of course, the photos! Photos are forever. And ever.
It’s a big day. You’ll want to make sure you have a show-stopping smile that can shine through any veil and stop your partner dead in their tracks.
So, while you’re preparing the dress, the venue, your hair and face, and probably trying to make sure you don’t sit feuding family members too close to each other, keep these tips in mind to have pearly white teeth by your wedding day.
1. Brush Properly!
According to one rather alarming study, the average person brushes their teeth just once a day and for no more than 30 seconds during that time. Say what?! It is common knowledge among our fellow Americans that we know we are supposed to brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a minimum.
(If you’re a once-a-day brusher … eww. Gross.)
So, the first thing you need to do is to make sure you’re brushing at least twice every day and for a minimum of two minutes. Don’t worry about brushing too much––as long as you are applying the right amount of pressure to your teeth and gums and using a soft-bristled brush, it’s not possible to brush too much!
You should, however, be careful with regards to brushing after eating, especially if you have eaten something acidic––the acid may weaken the enamel and immediate brushing will damage it. Wait at least thirty minutes after eating acidic foods. Think of it like using a fingernail file after going for a long swim.
Many of us develop poor oral hygiene habits when we are young and these tend to stay with us as we age. We know not brushing enough is one of these, but you might not know about some others:
- Applying too much force: If you’re damaging your bristles every time you brush, you’re brushing too hard.
- Rinsing after brushing: This is not recommended with fluoride toothpaste as it needs to stay on the teeth to do its job.
- Using mouthwash after brushing: Use it before you brush! Otherwise, you’re washing the toothpaste away.
- Overusing whitening toothpaste: It's designed for occasional use. You need to use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen and clean, and whitening toothpaste to whiten.
2. Floss, floss, floss!
Flossing is another aspect of oral hygiene that is seriously lacking in the average person’s routine. Flossing is just as important as brushing because it removes trapped bits of food that would otherwise cause a build-up of plaque bacteria and lead to tooth decay.
And the last thing you want if you are trying to get white teeth is a painful, unsightly hole that needs to be filled in.
Flossing can be a long and drawn-out process, which is why so many of us skip it. But, if you feel that way, invest in a water flosser! You can fill it with water or with mouthwash, saving time and encouraging regular flossing.
3. Start Oil Pulling and Water Pulling
Studies have yet to prove that oil pulling (often done with sesame or coconut oil) is more effective than rinsing with water, but it has shown that oil pulling is effective at reducing oral bacteria.
Many people swear by oil pulling as a means to heal their cavities while removing toxins from the mouth and ultimately, the body. Oil pulling must be done with a cheek full of oil swished around for twenty minutes first thing in the morning before eating or drinking. Then you spit out all the funk right into the trash.
After eating, spend some time “pulling” water through your teeth (basically vigorous rinsing) before spitting it out. This helps to remove excess food particles, acids, and other sticky sugars. Plus, it keeps your breath a bit more fresh.
4. Eating Well (as if you needed yet another reason to)
A diet rich in whole foods, including plenty of vegetables, can help limit the build-up of stains on your teeth. These foods may also help to reduce the amount of bacteria that forms in your mouth and could even reduce the plaque build-up on your teeth.
Eating a well-balanced diet that has limited sugar and grains will help to prevent tooth decay. Sugars and grains feed the bacteria in your mouth and turn into enamel-eating acid.
A diet rich in vitamins and minerals helps to fortify the teeth, helping to prevent those teeth from rotting and fighting gum disease.
A good diet really does go a long way!
5. Watch out for Food and Drinks that Stain
Limit your intake of things like wine, tea, and coffee. Anything that has a high concentration of tannins has a propensity for staining. Teeth are not immune to those stains.
Sugar is also a major contributor to stains and decay. Sugary drinks like soda, juice, and sports drinks are generally high in acid. That acid erodes the enamel and leads to tooth decay. Candies and anything that sticks to the teeth can also be a contributor to discolored teeth.
Everything begins with your diet! Get that right and you’re good to go. Get it wrong, and you could be fighting a losing battle from that moment on.
6. Stop Smoking Now
Find me a person who smokes cigarettes regularly that also has a set of beautiful, white teeth. Most smokers have teeth with yellow stains.
Smoking is one of the worst things that you can do as far as stains are concerned, so, if you smoke, think about stopping. Not only does it stain your teeth, but smoking also gives you pretty nasty breath.
We know it’s easier said than done, but it will make a massive difference to both your outward appearance and your overall health if you quit smoking.
7. Try Some DIY Teeth Whitening Home Remedies
Not all teeth whitening home remedies work, but some of them do. It’s worth trying a few of these out, especially if you are on a budget and cannot afford the more expensive treatments.
Here is a short rundown of teeth whitening remedies you can use in anticipation of your wedding day:
- Activated Charcoal: This can be found in charcoal toothpaste or in a little tub of powder. Prepare to look like a character in The Walking Dead. Your mouth will be black. (Or, you can just call your kids into the bathroom and act a little crazy.)
- Baking Soda: Yep. This is just ordinary baking soda from your kitchen. You just dip your wet toothbrush into a little bit of the fine, white powder.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Solution: Mix one part water with one part hydrogen peroxide. Mix this in a cup and swish it in your mouth for thirty to sixty seconds. Spit it out and follow with brushing your teeth. Do this two to three times per week.
8. Use a Whitening Toothpaste
A good whitening toothpaste can help to chip away at the plaque that has formed on your enamel. Most of them contain very abrasive substances that essentially act like sandpaper on your teeth. Some whitening toothpaste also contains very weak solutions of bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide.
Caution is advised when using these, and you should not use them in excess, especially if you have sensitive teeth. Most whitening toothpastes increase sensitivity.
9. Use a Teeth Whitening System!
A lot of the tips above will help you to whiten your enamel, where extrinsic stains build up. They won’t touch the inner part of the tooth though, where intrinsic stains can build up.
For that, you need an effective teeth whitening method like the SNOW Teeth Whitening system! It delivers even better results than what you would get from your dentist, for a fraction of the price (and you can do it while you watch Netflix).
Put an end to your extensive oral hygiene regime and ensure your teeth are gleaming bright when you walk down the aisle. For an added bonus, use it the morning of the wedding to give your teeth that final polish!
So what are you waiting for? Try Snow today and take our quiz to find out what's staining your teeth!
When you walk down the aisle you want to radiate from the inside out. You want to feel beautiful from the tip of your toes to the top of your head.
When you take those wedding photos, they will be full of smiles. Make sure your smile is one you are proud to show to the world.