Cosmetic Dentistry for Weddings
Weddings are moments filled with joy and love. Grooms and brides-to-be gather with family and friends to celebrate the beginning of a lifetime of happiness. There are many ways to express it, and the simplest one is through a smile.
The future husband and wife already have a great reason to smile, so why not try to achieve a perfect one to share with their loved ones on this special day.
To obtain a picture perfect smile, the future husband and wife might require some cosmetic dentistry work done. Teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, dental contouring or even braces are some of the procedures a couple seeks months before this highly anticipated date for a photo-ready smile.
Teeth Whitening is one of the most requested cosmetic dental treatments, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, especially before a wedding. Whitening in San Diego is an ideal option for quick and easy results – it doesn’t take too much time, and its cost is relatively lower than other treatments.
There are different ways to whiten someone’s teeth: in-office, home kits, and over the counter products are the options that are commonly used to achieve this results. Choosing which one to use depends on the color of the patient’s teeth.
1. In-office treatments.
In-office whitening gives fast results and is one of the safest forms of tooth bleaching. Since it takes place in a dental practice, this treatment can be properly monitored by a professional in a controlled, pain-free and safe environment. Gum and tooth sensitivity can be more controlled thanks to thicker peroxide gels and use of desensitizers at the moment of the procedure.
Some disadvantages for this kind of whitening include the cost, which might be a little higher than other alternatives. Factors like age, heredity, and types of stains on teeth affect the results of this procedure. In-office whitening requires maintenance follow-ups since this is not a permanent solution and teeth resume accumulating stains.
Scheduling time for this procedure can be done days to months before the wedding, and it only takes an estimate of 2 hours per visit. The average price for in-office whitening can range from $350 up to 700 USD.
2. Home-use whitening kits.
Home-use whitening kits are a great option for engaged couples who are looking to whiten their teeth or preserve the natural color of their pearly whites. There are several options which can commonly give long-term results. Also, they are highly convenient: you can use them by day or night and carry them with you to use at home or the office. Also, they are more affordable than in-office whitenings.
3. Dentist-dispensed whitening trays.
Dentists may also provide whitening trays to their patients, and they are customized to fit a patients’ mouth. They contain high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The average cost for home-use whitening kits ranges from $100 to $500 USD, depending on the location of the dentist and results can be noticeable in just a few days of use.
4. Over-the-counter whitening systems.
Nowadays, every store has whitening strips, toothpaste, and mouthwashes on their dental hygiene aisles. They might not be as effective as in-office treatments but might act in a preventive way, keeping harm and stains from damaging your teeth even if used just days before the wedding or event. They are typically priced around $25 and go up to $100 USD in some cases, depending on the product and its content.
A popular choice for couples who want to improve their smiles before their wedding is getting dental veneers. These thin, custom-made sheets of tooth-colored materials are specially designed to cover the front surface of damaged teeth to improve their appearance.
Chipped, worn out, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked teeth are perfect candidates for dental veneers, which differ in color, shape, size or length to match each and every patient’s natural smile.
Veneers are of porcelain or composite material. They can get done in only two visits (or just one day if the dentist offers advanced technology), can make your teeth stronger than they were before, and are a quick and easy way to fixed damaged teeth and get a beautiful smile.
Although they have they benefits, a veneer is an irreversible process, somewhat costly, and they will need replacing after 15 to 20 years. They can be fragile – break or chip when exposed to excessive force. Also, this procedure requires removal of the enamel, leading to teeth sensitivity and not everyone is a candidate to get one.
Costs for these proceedings vary depending on every case, and the numbers of veneers needed by a patient. Typically, the amount spent on them range from $800 to $1,500 USD per tooth. If the bride or groom is looking to get veneers, it is recommended they schedule an appointment two to three months before their wedding date.
Dental crowns may be needed when the patient’s teeth are not fit to get a veneer. They are a unique solution to restore the health and appearance of a broken or cracked tooth after a procedure like a root canal.
Dental crowns offer multiple benefits to a patient. Since there are different types, they can adapt to personal tastes and budgets.
Many of the dental crown varieties are non-allergic, and certain types of them are extremely durable. But one of the most important things is that a dental crown will improve a patient’s self-confidence.
Sadly, dental crowns also have their cons. They are fragile and very expensive and will require replacement after some time.
Tooth trimming or removal of part of the teeth is necessary for the crown to fit. Also, the patient’s tooth can become more sensible to extreme temperatures.
If the future husband or wife are in need of a dental crown, it is recommended to schedule a visit to their dentist in a lapse of two to four months before the wedding date.
Crowns have an average cost that goes from $800 to $1,400 USD, and it mainly depends on the materials used, size, location, the condition of the tooth and the dentist’s expertise.
Dental contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, is a pretty usual choice for grooms and brides-to-be. Dentists perform this treatment on uneven, chipped or little rough teeth, shaving down small parts of the tooth in just one visit to give the patient a uniform, photo-friendly smile.
Dental contouring is an affordable way to improve someone’s smile and overall tooth health. By eliminating small imperfections, the need for braces may be avoided.
Tooth reshaping is not painful at all since it only removes surface enamel. Some disadvantages of this procedure are that it can cause possible tooth damage and only works best for smaller flaws.
A couple who looks for a perfect smile should schedule an appointment for dental contouring within three to six weeks before their wedding date. Costs for this procedure can widely vary depending on the state of the teeth, how much work is necessary, local rates and experience of the cosmetic dentist.
General prices range from $50 to $500.
Adult orthodontics is another way to get a beautiful smile. Braces and Invisalign are great options for couples that need further cosmetic work to correct crooked or misaligned teeth.
They improve not only the smile but the patient’s overall dental health as well. Even if they are a great option to achieve that picture-perfect smile, both traditional braces and Invisalign take a few time to show results.
These orthodontic options are recommended to begin at least a year before the wedding.
1. Traditional Braces
When a patient opts for traditional braces, they don’t have to worry about remembering to wear them. But, traditional braces can be a burden for adults.
To start, they will be visible (something that people might want to avoid for cosmetic reasons). Teeth will be sore and keeping them clean is a constant process.
Also, avoiding certain foods will be required so that the braces won’t break off the teeth. The average costs ranges from $1,500 to $10,000 USD.
Prices may vary depending on problems that need correction (position of the tooth, the severity of the bite), and the length of time that they will be required.
A better option for engaged couples is Invisalign. They are clear and removable aligners, which makes it easier to clean your teeth, and they are less visible than regular braces.
Although they may seem like a better option, they don’t work if you don’t wear them properly (20 hours a day) and they have to be kept in the patient’s mouth, making it harder to eat or snack throughout the day.
A typical treatment will cost up to an average of about $5,000. Prices can be higher or lower depending on various factors.
The start of something new begins with a great smile, and couples know this. Spouses-to-be should be aware how important is to invest in their dental health before the big date, not only for a wedding photo archived in their memories but a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
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