MADISON, Wis. (June 10, 2013) — When it comes pre-wedding pampering, more couples are saying ‘I do’ to teeth whitening treatments that brighten smiles for the big day. American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry experts and professional lifestyle photographer Dale Stenbroten have teamed up to offer advice on how to get a picture-perfect wedding smile.
Whitening is the No. 1 most-requested cosmetic dental service, and wedding parties are among the main groups to take advantage of this quick and easy teeth brightening procedure. In-office and take-home whitening treatments are both popular options offered at dentists’ offices. The biggest advantage to professional whitening treatments--as opposed to an over-the-counter solution--is that a dentist can help choose the right shade for your smile.
Tooth colors need to be in harmony with the skin tone and whites of the eyes.
“Tooth colors need to be in harmony with the skin tone and whites of the eyes,” says Dr. Frank Milnar, an AACD Accredited cosmetic dentist from Minnesota. “Hollywood white smiles can be distracting because you tend to look only at a person’s teeth and not at their whole face.” Professional tooth whitening in a dental office can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
Dr. Milnar adds that you can complement your teeth whitening naturally by snacking on fibrous foods like apples, celery, broccoli –foods which actually help exfoliate the teeth and loosen stains. Here’s a great pre-wedding crunchy chopped salad recipe from AACD’s Recipes for Healthier Smiles e-booklet:
Crunchy Chopped Salad
- 1 cup celery, chopped:
¼ cup red pepper, chopped:
- 1 Tablespoon onion - red, green or white, finely-chopped
- 4 leaves fresh basil, chopped, or ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- 2 drops stevia, or 1 teaspoon honey, to taste
- 1 teaspoon raspberry vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt, a pinch or two, to taste
- Fresh ground pepper corn, a pinch or two, to taste
Chop the vegetables and basil, if using fresh, and place in a medium bowl. If using basil, keep in a separate bowl. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, stevia (or honey) salt, pepper, olive oil (optional) and 2 teaspoons of water; add dried basil if using instead of fresh. Stir and pour over vegetables. Toss well to coat. Serving size: Divide into two equal servings.
Once your teeth are at their brightest, enhance your wedding smile with these helpful tips from lifestyle photographer Dale Stenbroten with The Artist Group, www.artistgroup.net.
- Moisten your lips and teeth to make smiles appear even brighter
- Females in the wedding party should consider bright lipstick which can also make teeth look whiter
- Practice smiling in a mirror and take some practice photos before the big day. Just take a digital camera with your friends, and measure and experiment with angles. See which angle suits you best.