Don't Be Blue: A Time-Sensitive Teeth Whitening Guide For Your Wedding

Your big day is approaching, and you couldn't be more excited – until you catch a glimpse of your teeth in your bathroom mirror and realize that, next to your white dress, your teeth don't look very white at all. The natural next step is to call your dentist in a rush, or run down to your local supermarket for whitening toothpaste – but how do you know what you have time for? If you're wondering exactly what whitening products you have time to use before your wedding, then here's what you need to know.

Up to Three Months to Go: Dentist

Luckily, you noticed that your teeth weren't satisfactory to your eye with plenty of time to do something about it. Teeth whitening done by your dentist is both the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth, and since it takes multiple weeks of sessions and check-ups (the slower you whiten your teeth, the less sensitive they'll be), you have time to both get your teeth white and to recover a bit so they're not so sensitive before you walk down the aisle. Mention your wedding to your dentist so they can plan multiple sessions out before you take pictures

Four to Six Weeks to Go: Toothpaste/Flossers/Mouthwash

You're a little late to get a full whitening session completed before your wedding, but don't panic – you've got enough time that using basic dental care items with whitening power should do the trick. Whitening toothpaste is quite potent on its own, but when combined with whitening flossers and whitening mouthwash, you should start to see results fairly quickly. To help this progression along, drink any and all drinks that might stain your teeth (coffee, tea, and red wine being the most common) with a straw – or don't drink them at all.

Under Four Weeks to Go: Whitening Strips

You've only got a bit of time before you say your vows, so your go-to product needs to be whitening strips. These bad boys can help whiten your teeth quickly without causing excess sensitivity, which is good if you're in a pinch. You're going to want to avoid any and all foods or drinks that might stain your teeth – don't even take your chances with a straw at this point – and try to indulge in food that helps to whiten your teeth, like milk, cheese, strawberries, and apples. Combining these foods with whitening strips, you'll be able to walk down the aisle with a smile as white and shining as your gown.