You might be pulling your hair out trying to find the right photographer for your wedding day, but finding the right smile is going to be a whole lot easier with expert advice from a leading Sydney dentist, Dr Christopher Ho. We caught up with Dr Ho to find out the safest and most effective ways to achieve that million-watt smile that will be treasured for generations in your wedding pictures.
The full interview can be read below, but here are some key points to remember:
1) Visit your dentist for a clean and a check every 6 months, beginning asap!
2) Start using whitening toothpaste today. We recommend Oral-B 3D White LUXE Glamorous.
3) Supercharge your teeth whitening routine by using Oral-B’s 3D White Whitestrips.
4) Reduce consumption of coffee, tea and red wine to prevent further discolouration.
5) Replace your manual toothbrush every three months, or better yet, get yourself an electric toothbrush. We recommend the Oral-B SmartSeries 7000.
Wedding Club: How long after getting engaged should brides visit a dentist for a pre-wedding dental checkup?
Dr Christopher Ho: Regular visits to the dentist are essential for maintaining healthy teeth, gums and a bright, white smile. I recommend that my patients schedule appointments every six months for a professional clean and so that any problems can be caught early and treated easily.
Wedding Club: Are there any changes you would recommend to oral/dental care routine in the wedding lead-up?
Dr Christopher Ho: When brides realise all eyes will be on them on their big day and want wedding photos that live on for years to come, they will often supercharge their health and beauty routines. Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest and most effective ways to enhance your look and give you maximum confidence for your wedding photos. I’d suggest replacing your usual toothpaste with a whitening one, such as Oral-B 3D White LUXE Glamorous toothpaste, which can remove 90% of surface stains in just 5 days. But for brides looking for an extra boost, try Oral-B’s 3D White Whitestrips – they are formulated with the same key ingredient used by dentists to whiten teeth. You just need to apply them twice a day for 30 minutes (you can even use them while you do your makeup, watch TV or prepare dinner).
Wedding Club: To get super white teeth for their wedding day, what foods/drinks should brides avoid? How long before the wedding should brides start avoiding these foods?
Dr Christopher Ho: The most common culprits which will discolour your teeth are tea, coffee and red wine so consider eliminating or reducing these in the lead up to your nuptials.
Wedding Club: When should brides start using whitening toothpaste for it to be effective for their big day?
Dr Christopher Ho: The earlier the better! However, even if you haven’t started your whitening regime as early as you would have liked, the Oral-B 3D White Whitestrips can remove up to 10 years of stains in as little as 14 days.
Wedding Club: How often should we change our toothbrush? Would you recommend any specific type of toothbrush?
Dr Christopher Ho: You should replace your toothbrush or brush head about every 3 months – even sooner if the bristles are starting to fray or if you’ve been sick.
I believe power toothbrushes are the best way to achieve that ‘dentist clean’ feeling. My favourite is the Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 which uses oscillating-rotating-pulsating technology that is proven to remove up to twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush and help you clean hard to reach places.
Wedding Club: Can you share any other insider’s tips for super white teeth?
Dr Christopher Ho: A common mistake many people make is they think the harder they brush the better. Actually, brushing too hard can weaken and remove the white surface enamel in your mouth. I recommend a soft bristled brush and gentle application of pressure on the teeth. Also, don’t forget to floss your teeth as stains will often develop between your teeth.
by Wedding Club