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Wedding Day Smile

Considering how many times your photographer will be shouting “Smile!” at you on your wedding day, it’s only natural to want to ensure that your teeth look their absolute best. Chipped, cracked, discoloured and stained teeth are some of the most common issues we deal with prior to a bride’s wedding. There are plenty of things you can do throughout your engagement to ensure that a near-perfect smile is possible. Whether you need a few months of at-home following a careful oral hygiene routine or a full professional overhaul, Gwynne Dental can help you achieve that perfect smile. A smile makeover is best to think about as early as possible as it may take several months to achieve the perfect result for your wedding day.

Smile Make-Overs

The full smile makeover usually consists of a combination of whitening your natural teeth, the placement of porcelain veneers or crowns to hide imperfections, orthodontics and white fillings that will all enhance your smile. For perfection we may recommend veneers or crowns with or without orthodontics first for the visible teeth you show when you smile, this is normally 8 to 10 top and bottom teeth.

Not everyone is looking for total perfection, and creating a bespoke smile tailored to your wishes is discussed with your dentist at the consultation. All options will be discussed with you and associated costs.

A smile makeover usually consists of a combination of one or more dental treatments that are applied to enhance the overall appearance of the teeth. When considering a full smile makeover, you may want to choose from the following cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Composite bonding (white fillings)
  • Tooth whitening
  • Gum sculpting
  • Tooth reshaping

All, or just one, of these treatments can be applied to your teeth if you wish – the choices will be discussed with you.

There are various reasons why patients opt for a full smile makeover, although most candidates suffer from the following:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Gummy smile
  • Uneven teeth

All of the above issues may also result in patients not wishing to smile giving low self-esteem, which is why many people undergo a full smile makeover. Our aim is for patients to be proud of their smile and hopefully re gain lost confidence in social situations.

The Process

  1. Come in for a Consultation
    Go for it and get an appointment booked in. Veneers can take two to three months, and orthodontic treatments like straightening and realignment can take up to a year. Ideally allow about a year before treatment will be completed
  2. A visit to the Hygienist
    The first part of brightening your smile is giving them a professional clean. All surface stain can be removed at a hygienist appointment. This may be the only treatment you require. Our hygienist will not only give them a thorough clean but give your sound advice on how to keep them super clean at home to prevent dental problems and keep them looking great.
  3.  Start Whitening
    The whitening process generally takes at least two to three weeks, depending on your desired results, so it’s important not to try to rush it. Our recommended whitening procedure is highly effective and long lasting and has no harmful effects to your teeth. Kits bought in the shops and over the internet have been found to cause harm to teeth and are not recommended.
  4. Maintain Your Oral Health at Home
    At Gwynne Dental we follow the best evidence based advice we can find. Using a good electric rotary toothbrush such as a rechargeable Braun Oral B in the correct way will maintain your oral hygiene to a very good standard. Toothbrush instruction is given at all our consultations.
  5. Use a good fluoride toothpaste for prevention of decay.
    Most toothpastes on the market have the recommended concentration of fluoride, 1450ppm.
  6. Keep your sugar intake low to prevent unsightly decay.
    Frequency rather than amount is the key to sugar intake, keep sugary snacks and drinks to mealtimes.

Orthodontics

Very few of us are lucky to have perfect straight teeth, crooked teeth can be hereditary, systemic or due to childhood thumb sucking. Tooth straightening is no longer confined to children and is common in all ages. If you are one of many who have crooked teeth that are causing you distress there are several options open to you to help correct the problem and give you back your bright confident smile. Apart from the cosmetic aspect crooked teeth can also lead to problems with tooth decay due to difficulty in adequate tooth brushing.

The most popular choice and the one recommended by most dentists is to be fitted with braces or clear positioners. This option will move the teeth by exerting pressure and pushing the teeth into a more aesthetically acceptable position. Tooth aligners or ‘clear positioners’ are popular as they are almost invisible in the mouth and they work very quickly. Although this takes months not weeks to achieve perfectly straight teeth the huge advantage is it does not involve damaging or cutting down the tooth.

Crowns or Veneers

If you have heavily filled or broken teeth that are uneven crowns or veneers may be a better option. Porcelain veneers are wafer thin shells that are cemented to the prepared teeth to give the appearance of a ‘perfect tooth’ if desired  in a shade decided by the patient and dentist together. They can also cover any chips or imperfections. However this procedure does involve tooth preparation which is not always desirable on otherwise healthy teeth. Porcelain crowns are suitable only when the tooth is heavily filled or broken and not only can align teeth but strengthen them in some circumstances.

White Fillings

The huge advantage of white fillings is they retain all the good, non-stained or decayed tooth material, none is cut down. The advance in materials science means very good matches are made to the patients own natural tooth it is building up. There will however always be a join between the tooth and the white filling which can become stained in time and have slight different light reflecting properties. For total aesthetic perfection veneers or crowns are indicated.

Tooth Whitening

Teeth often become darker in life due to changes in their mineral structure (intrinsic staining). They can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs and tobacco (extrinsic staining).

Tooth whitening is now very popular and can make a dramatic improvement to your smile. It does no damage to your teeth and can be repeated as much as you wish. It involves the use of a gel releasing hydrogen peroxide which percolates into the tooth and bleaches out the staining without altering the tooth structure. It will not work on crowns or fillings except on surface staining.

At Gwynne Dental we recommend and provide home whitening because it is the most effective way to whiten your teeth with long lasting results