The following post is a collaboration with Gipsy Lane Advanced Dental Care to promote natural, sustainable and low-maintenance oral health initiatives. Plus, if you’re getting married this summer—or within the next few months, like me—these chemical-free alternatives edge out those “quick fix” whitening strips you’ll find on a mainstream cosmetic aisle.
Newsflash: summer’s not over yet which means wedding season is still underway! During these next several months, lovebirds will be “a-flutter” planning their special day—from venues and entertainment to decor and photography.
But speaking of those all-important wedding photos, what newlywed couple doesn’t want to dazzle on-camera? Shouldn’t your smile reflect the brilliance of this momentous occasion?
For teeth that match the bride’s pristine designer gown or the groom’s crisp collared shirt, dentists recommend a whitening regimen about 3–4 weeks before your nuptials take place. So, from professional treatments to holistic techniques, these strategies will make your smile sparkle—even after the “I Do’s.”
1. Opt for DIY Whitening with Turmeric.
Containing high levels of the potent antioxidant curcumin, this superfood spice reduces oral inflammation and flushes out plaque deposits. Whisk together baking soda, coconut oil and turmeric until a paste forms, apply onto your teeth, then wash after five minutes.
2. Abstain from Dark Colored Beverages.
Drinking coffee, red wine and black tea will cause stain residue to permeate the grooves within your enamel. Gradually, this discoloration could spread or even become permanent, so refrain from consuming these liquids at least one month before the wedding.
3. Break-Up with Your Overused Toothbrush.
Scrubbing with the same tattered toothbrush for extended periods of time is a wasted effort, according to the American Dental Association. So, replace your toothbrush every three months—or when the bristles appear worn-out—to mitigate tartar buildup.
4. Enlist Help from Oral Health Experts.
Spending just one hour at the dentist’s office can transform dullness into radiance, giving you visible confidence and irresistible allure on your special day. Cosmetic whitening procedures are both safe and painless, without risk of oral infection or long-term damage.
5. Use Apple Cider Vinegar as Mouthwash.
Incorporating this natural elixir into your tooth care regimen can prevent gum disease and alkalize pH balance with a concentration of minerals, acids, enzymes and pectins. Every morning, just rinse your mouth with organic apple cider vinegar, diluted in water.
6. Resist those “Sweet Tooth” Cravings.
Pulling into the Krispy Kreme drive-through is not just detrimental for your waistline—it’s also hazardous to that smile. When these refined sugars latch onto your teeth, bacteria begins multiplying which creates an environment for cavity-inducing plaque to grow.
7. Choose Plant-Based Snacks Instead.
Sinking those choppers into raw fruits, veggies and nuts is a healthy alternative to mindless munching—not to mention, an effective shield against bacteria. The crisp texture offers abrasive benefits that eradicate surface stains and lubricate salivary function.
Alright. So, here’s the takeaway message: by combining the professional expertise of your dentist with nutritious eating habits and homeopathic remedies, you’ll achieve a photo-ready smile to last your entire nuptials—plus, all those honeymoon selfies!
PSA: For even more healthy hacks worth smiling about, Gipsy Lane’s blog has you covered.