AACD Offers Recipe for a Picture-Perfect Wedding Smile

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When it comes pre-wedding pampering, more couples are saying ‘I do’ to teeth whitening treatments that brighten smiles for the big day.

A white wedding smile designed by an AACD dentist.

Visit an AACD member dentist to help create a memorable wedding smile! (photo credit: Jill Doherty)

Tooth colors should be in harmony with the skin tone and whites of the eyes.

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 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 each person's smile.  

“Tooth colors should 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 teeth 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 which actually help exfoliate the teeth and loosen stains. Here’s a great pre-wedding crunchy chopped salad recipe from AACD’s Recipes for a Healthier Smile 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 peppercorn, 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. Divide into two equal servings.

Once teeth are at their brightest, a wedding smile can be further enhanced with these helpful tips from lifestyle photographer Dale Stenbroten with The Artist Group, http://www.artistgroup.net.

-Moisten lips and teeth to make smiles appear even brighter.
-Brides and bridesmaids in the wedding party should consider wearing bright lipstick which can also make teeth look whiter.
-Practice smiling in a mirror and take practice photos before the big day to experiment with camera angles to see which angle suits you best.

About the AACD
The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 6,300 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.

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