Every bride wants to be the show stopper at her wedding. So why would you let your smile get in the way? Dr. Nicole Dahlkemper at Water’s Edge Dentistry was asked to provide our readers with ways in which brides (& grooms) can improve their smiles for their big day.
- “You can start with something as inexpensive as Crest Whitestrips for minor staining, but to get those celebrity white results a dentist supervised In-Office Whitening treatment is the best way to get that smile shining bright,” says Dr. Dahlkemper. She recommends In-Office systems that do not require a laser or light when whitening, such as Opalescence BOOST, since they do not dry out the teeth and have much lower chances for causing sensitivity.
- If you are looking for a more dramatic cosmetic fix, Dr. Dahlkemper shares that porcelain veneers or Invisalign Clear Braces are two great ways to permanently fix your smile. “Porcelain veneers or crowns are a great option to close gaps, fix minor crowding, and repair chipped or discolored teeth due to medications, such as tetracycline. Not to mention, they are much quicker than orthodontics,” says Dr. Dahlkemper.
- If you have more time before the wedding, Dr. Dahlkemper highly recommends Invisalign braces, because it does not require removing any tooth structure to place a porcelain restoration, like a veneer or crown necessitates. “Invisalign has become an amazing alternative to traditional orthodontics, especially when you do not want to have metal braces. The technology with Invisalign has truly advanced over the years. They are the original and the most highly developed innovators in the use of clear aligners to move teeth. With Invisalign, we are able treat more complex cases, such as severe crowding or spacing, under bite and open bites.” Invisalign treatment can take as little as 3 months with their new Express 5 technology; however, length of treatment does depend on the severity of the patient’s case. There are similar products out there that claim they can straighten your smile in 6 months, but research by the American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) shows that they can only do minor movement and/or only move the front teeth. This can affect a patient's bite causing issues down the line,including TMJ disorders and pain. Invisalign is a patented system that even Orthodontists trust and use the system for their own patients.
Depending on whether you are trying to simply brighten your smile or makeover your smile, consult with a cosmetic dentist today!
Dr. Nicole Dahlkemper graduated with her DMD from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and received her fellowship from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), the world's premier postgraduate teaching facility, specializing in cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the South Carolina Dental Association and American Academy of General Dentistry and volunteers her time at the East Cooper Community Outreach Dental Clinic.