With trends like candid photography, cinematic videos and prewedding photoshoots going viral; every bride and groom want to look picture perfect in the run-up to their wedding. Enter smile correction for weddings and treatments like smile reconstruction and teeth whitening before the big day…
Here, we’re talking to Mumbai based dentist Dr. Kshama Chandan (specialist in treating complex aesthetic reconstructions, full mouth rehabilitations, and implant restorations). Here she reveals an insider’s take on what really matters when it comes to prepping for your wedding and how to go about it –
With pre-wedding shoots and wedding videos in trend, we’re seeing brides getting more conscious about their looks! Do you see a rise in brides-to-be approaching you before their D day?
Of course! On the wedding day, all eyes are on couple and it is one of their most photographed and cherished moments in life. Naturally, brides and grooms want to look their best for their trip down the aisle.
For many brides-to-be, improving their smile has become a must on the pre-wedding checklist; just like getting a perfect outfit, jewellery, makeup and hair. That’s where we step in to ensure a flawless smile – whether it’s just a simple teeth whitening treatment or more extensive cosmetic dental work.
A few years ago, brides would come in and ask, ‘Is there anything we can do about my smile?’. But with Google, Instagram and Facebook, patients come in, saying, ‘I want this procedure. I saw this. Am I a candidate for that?’ While there is no such thing as a “perfect” smile, plenty of women are embracing that there’s nothing wrong with pursuing a cosmetic procedure to make a positive change.
If I’m unhappy about my yellow teeth or crooked teeth, am I a candidate for dental/cosmetic correction?
Yes. It’s not necessary that only celebrities or people in the glam world get a smile makeover done. It could be anyone with an unhappy smile. Anyone having chipped, cracked, crooked, missing or worn out teeth is a candidate for smile designing.
What is exactly a ‘smile makeover’?
Many people don’t realize how important an attractive smile is to their personal and professional lives. Having a beautiful smile isn’t just about how you look, but more about how you feel. A pleasing smile can make or break an interaction.
A smile makeover or a smile design is basically a dental procedure which artistically creates straighter, whiter and beautiful natural-looking smiles. Smile designing can do wonders to fully restore your dental health and to give you a flawless pleasing smile.
How about grooms and other family members? Are they coming in for dental treatments too?
Yes definitely. A lot of times we see to-be brides, grooms, bridesmaids, siblings, and their immediate family coming in for a smile analysis and cosmetic correction before the wedding day.
How much before my wedding should I visit for correction or consultation? How long does the impact of such a treatment last?
Consultation should take place at least three weeks prior to the wedding. The makeover could go from improving your smile with composite tooth-colored restorations, receiving dental veneers, teeth, and gum contouring or just getting a basic whitening.
If you need ceramic caps, laminates or more intensive cosmetic work for damaged, chipped, missing or decayed teeth, you must visit your dentist at least five to six weeks prior to the wedding.
Effects of a teeth whitening procedure usually last about 6 months (depending on your diet and dental hygiene habits); whereas ceramic crowns and veneers can last from seven years to fifteen years subject to proper care.
Drinking large amounts of tea or coffee, smoking, intake of paan or other forms of tobacco can interfere with the bleach. Proper care and maintenance is a must.
What exactly is a ‘bridal dental spa’ and what is the overall bouquet of services you offer for brides-to-be and grooms-to-be?
A Bridal dental spa is a series of packages tailor-made for every bride to-be and groom to-be. A smile analysis is done and the services offered are subject to individual requirements and needs. There are several packages to choose from (not just for the bride and the groom), also for members of the family – the bridesmaids, the best man, and the immediate family.
Teeth whitening is the most common procedure carried out before the wedding for brides and grooms who want whiter, brighter, younger-looking teeth. It’s particularly popular with brides who already have straight teeth, and just want a little boost for the big day. Other more common procedures are porcelain veneers, all-ceramic crowns, and Invisalign.
What according to you is a lifestyle change that people should adopt to ensure these perfect smiles actually last?
Basic oral hygiene and maintenance regimen should be adapted. Brushing every morning and night and using the correct brushing technique, picking the right brush and flossing regularly go a long way. Use a mouthwash to flush off all the debris and avoid food and drinks that stain your teeth.
Deeply pigmented beverages such as soda, coffee, dark tea, and red wine can stain teeth, as can foods like blueberries, cherries, and soy sauce. Avoid alcohol as it can roughen the tooth enamel and make your smile more susceptible to stains.
How much of a before after impact do you see in your brides?
It is without doubt, life-changing! I’ve had so many brides tell me things like “I am so glad I finally did this”, “it was not as bad as I thought”, “thank you for making me smile better”.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to transform patients’ lives on a daily basis, perform lifestyle changing procedures, seeing them smile confidently, helping them alleviate their fears – it makes all the hard work worthwhile!
Well, that was quite en’lightening’, wasn’t it! Our take? It’s your big day and it ain’t coming back… so if smile correction for wedding day is required, go for it. Dr Kshama’s clinics are in Santacruz and Lokhandwala in Mumbai and are fully equipped with the latest technologies and equipment. Or book an appointment with your own dentist and get going!