Wednesday, August 31st, 2011...7:42 am

How to Whiten Teeth for Your Long Island Wedding BRIDAL BEAUTY

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 All brides on Long Island want to be their most beautiful, and months are spent prior to the big day choosing the perfect dress and experimenting with different hair styles and makeup.  But oftentimes, brides neglect the  simplest way to enhance their beauty — and that’s by teeth whitening!    You don’t have to be a superstar or a supermodel to have a super smile.  Specializing in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, Sohosmile’s cosmetic dentist Dr. John Koutsoyiannis, DDS, whose clients include everyone from Elite Models to international CEOs, offers 10 ways to pearly whites for the entire wedding party!   

Sipping Straws: No, they are not just for kids anymore! Drinking from a straw, straight or twirly, see through or striped, allows dyes to bypass teeth altogether…

Baking Soda: This kitchen staple is not just good for cooking, or getting rid of odors in the fridge. It removes stains and build-up, so brush it on your teeth twice a month.

Eat-Up: Strawberries whiten and lemons bleach teeth naturally! Raw veggies clean teeth and remove topical stains. And a bonus, apples, pears, celery, carrots, cauliflower, and cucumbers cause saliva production, which combines with foods’ natural fibers to help clean teeth and get rid of bacteria.

Just Say “No” to Java, Smokes and…Blueberries!?! Steer clear of food and drinks that can stain, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and yes, even juicy little blueberries. And absolutely no cigarettes: nicotine not only discolors teeth, it also causes tooth decay… not to mention bad breath!!!

Sugarless Gum: Calorie free and fun to chew, these tasty sticks stimulate saliva while cleaning teeth surfaces. Just don’t be blowing bubbles as you throw the bouquet! **Not recommended for patients with TMD.

Go to the Pros: A professional cleaning twice a year are imperative to maintaining good oral health. By cleaning and polishing the teeth regularly, stains and plaque are removed that are not otherwise removed during tooth brushing.

Over the Counter: A trip to the pharmacy can offer positive results. Try the paint-on system “Luster” or “Crest White Strips,” which adhere to teeth and extend back into the smile line. Just watch getting it on your gums, it can cause sensitivity.

Go Green to Go White: LED lighting is not just good for the planet, it’s good for your smile. In under an hour, bride’s can have a professional in-office whitening with the LED Lighting system, which does not cause the sensitivity that can occur with many traditional options.

Porcelain Veneers: What to do when at home tips or professional whitening just doesn’t do the trick? When tooth discoloration is too severe, try custom-created, hand crafted porcelain veneers. They will guarantee any bride a beautiful smile as they walk down the isle…and for years to come.

Lastly, Two Minutes of Your Time! After every meal, brush and floss. Electric toothbrushes work the best!