Top 5 dental treatments for weddings

When you're busy planning the finer details of your dream wedding, you probably won't be thinking about your teeth.

But it's important that you don't let your oral hygiene slide, or leave problems like stained and damaged teeth untreated – especially when you'll be smiling for the cameras.

If you need to fix any issues with your teeth, don't wait until you're about to walk down the aisle. Here are five popular dental services that can help you look your best for the wedding season.

1. Teeth whitening

Fast and affordable, it's no surprise that teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. More than 50 per cent of Australian brides now choose professional whitening treatments before their big day, according to the latest Cost of Love survey[DW1] by Bride to Be magazine.

You can whiten your teeth in a single appointment at your local dental practice, but that still doesn't mean you should wait until the day before, as your teeth may feel sensitive for a few days after treatment.

If you choose a home teeth whitening kit provided by your dental practitioner, it can take several weeks to get your desired results. While whitening pastes only remove surface stains, they don't actually whiten your teeth. Some home products can also be abrasive when they're not used correctly.

2. Veneers

If you prefer a longer-lasting solution, ask your dental practitioner about veneers. These are thin layers of porcelain or composite resin fitted over the teeth to improve their appearance and cover up stains, chips, cracks and small gaps.

Composite resin veneers can be completed in a single visit to the dental practice, but porcelain veneers can take a few weeks as these need to be custom-made.

3. White fillings

If you have any cavities, it’s important to address them early. Not only could you risk damaging the tooth further, your oral health can also suffer – not to mention your breath!

White fillings restore damaged teeth and can also be used to cover up small chips and cracks. Your dental practitioner will make sure the colour of the filling material matches your teeth.

4. Crowns and bridges

If any of your teeth have been badly damaged by tooth decay or injury, they can be repaired by placing a crown. Dental crowns look and feel just like the real thing, and when you take good care of your oral health, they should last as long as your other teeth.

If you have any gaps where teeth are missing, these can be filled using a bridge. Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are supported on each side by crowns.

5. Scale & clean

The best treatment for any oral health condition is prevention. That's why it's so important that you take good care of your teeth and gums every day by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and visit Ocean Reef Dental Surgery for your six-monthly oral examination and professional teeth cleaning.

Make an appointment at Ocean Reef Dental Surgery to get a clean bill of oral health and discuss your cosmetic dental options ready for the big day.

[DW1]Magazine content referred to on many websites including bridetobe.com.au, but no link to the actual survey.