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Wedding planning: preparing your smile for the big day

Here comes the…braces?!

We all experience many milestone events in our lifetime, but few are more significant (or involve more picture-taking) than your wedding day. Whether you are a young bride or groom at the start of adulthood or found your special someone later in life, your dreams for your wedding day are likely the same. You want the people you love most in the world to be there, you want the event to go smoothly from start to finish, and you want to look AMAZING. After all, your wedding photos will likely be hanging on the walls of your home, shared across social media, and stored in keepsake albums for years to come. The memories may fade, but photos last forever.

For most of us, that moment when you first see your beloved as you or they walk down the aisle (or beach or mountain path or whatever venue you choose) is truly unforgettable. You don’t want any insecurities about your smile getting in the way. If you aren’t 100% happy with your smile, now is the perfect time to say “I do” to orthodontic treatment! After all, there’s no better accessory for your wedding attire than a confident, healthy, brilliant smile. With some advance planning and a caring orthodontic team behind you, anyone can achieve a great smile for their wedding day.

Think ahead

The saying is true: good things take time. If possible, reach out to an orthodontist at least 12-18 months before your wedding. The average adult orthodontic treatment takes 12 months to complete so the more time you have to work with, the better. And luckily, treatment is more convenient than ever and can easily fit into even the most hectic wedding planning schedule.
The sooner you visit an orthodontist, the sooner you can start getting the smile of your dreams.

Invisalign clear aligners to the smile rescue

Forget facials, makeovers, or coloring your hair – according to RealSelf.com, Invisalign clear aligners are now the #1 pre-wedding beauty treatment.

Traditional braces remain an extremely effective and efficient orthodontic treatment for adults. And while today’s metal and ceramic braces are sleek and more modern than past versions, Invisalign clear aligners take orthodontic treatment to a stealthy new level. The biggest plus for brides and grooms who want a straight smile on their wedding day is the fact that Invisalign clear aligners are far less noticeable than their traditional counterparts. They can also be removed at any time, ensuring an orthodontic-free smile for any special occasion (think bridal showers, engagement photos – and your wedding day most certainly qualifies!).

If you’re a time-pressed bride or groom with less than a year before your wedding date, you should still consider beginning Invisalign treatment as soon as possible. Many Invisalign users report seeing a noticeable difference just a few months into treatment, but everyone is different. You can always complete your treatment after your wedding day and then live happily ever after with your brand-new smile.

Invisalign treatment intel: what you can expect with aligners

No wires. No brackets. No food restrictions. No kidding!

As the name implies, Invisalign aligners are practically invisible. You can take them off to eat, drink, brush, floss, play sports – and smile for your engagement and wedding photographer! During treatment, you will receive a new set of aligners each week as your teeth slowly shift to their ideal position. Even though they are removable, Invisalign aligners should be worn for 22 hours each day (again, we’ll make an exception for special events and your wedding day!).

Invisalign treatment can correct a wide range of orthodontic concerns, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, spaces or gaps between teeth, and more. When you begin Invisalign treatment, it will take a day or two for your mouth to adjust. You may feel some initial soreness, but that is totally normal and usually subsides quickly.

Invisalign clear aligners combine the latest orthodontic technology with flexibility and freedom – and who wouldn’t want to say “I do” to that?

Some extra smile tips

In addition to orthodontics, here are a few other things you can do to help keep your smile white, bright, and beautiful for your wedding day:

  • Avoid coffee, red wine, and other dark foods and beverages that can stain your teeth
  • Continue routine dental cleanings
  • Maintain your oral health at home, including brushing at least twice a day

Schedule a free consultation today

Your time is valuable, especially when you are planning a wedding. That’s why we make it easy to learn about your orthodontic options and get a personalized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle, all in one convenient visit.

Your free consultation also includes:

  • One-on-one time with a doctor
  • Digital x-rays
  • iTero 3D model of your teeth and jaw

Wedding to-do lists can grow quickly, but fixing your smile with Great River Orthodontics can be, well, an easy item to cross off the list! And when the wedding photographer says “Smile!” you’ll be thrilled to oblige.

No dentist referral is necessary (no RSVP either), so contact us today to get started.