The Wedding Day Smile, Part II
Here comes the bride…zilla…again!
Ok so in my intro piece I talked about how one shouldnt wait until the big day is almost upon you to decide to get your teeth ready for those all of those photographs you will be taking and of course showing to everyone for the rest of your life.
Isn’t that the real point?, you want a smile you can show for the rest of your life? Therefore, you need to start by talking with your dentist about the condition of your teeth as soon as the proposal is out in the open.
Let’s say you finally get that somewhat dreaded appointment (b/c no one likes to go to the dentist, especially if they are not in pain) and your dentist tells you “Dear I’m sorry but this is going to take a little more than Invisalign to correct your problem, that is IF you want perfectly straight teeth for your wedding day”. 🙂
So now you’ve received the news that the procedure is going to require the assistance of an orthodontist. Bloody Hell! Now you have to make another appointment to see the orthodontist and see what croakings of doom (I always wanted to use that line, Lol) he will have for you.
You break down and make the orthodontist appointment. Once you’re in the chair you find out actual braces are required to correct your problem…what the!?
You take a day or two or maybe a week or two, depending on the wedding date and the time the orthodontist said it would take to correct your problem and you decide to bite the bullet and get the orthodontic work done. You’re off to a good start but here’s the key to finishing your treatment on time:
Go to all of your appointments. Missing appointments can set back any orthodontic treatment by months.
Do as the orthodontist tells you, i.e. wearing rubber bands or if necessary, returning to your dentist for him or her to evaluate the progress or for him or her to place a temporary crown, complete a filling, etc.
Don’t try to become the orthodontist or rush the process. Remember teeth move at their pace not yours and sometimes it may take a few visits for things to move appropriately
Don’t become a mirror checker. I mean don’t start evaluating the treatment every day, night or time you pass by a mirror. Your eyes can play tricks on you and watching for things to move during orthodontic treatment can be like watching paint dry.
Give yourself enough time to have the work done in a timely fashion to avoid the stress of it all making you crazy or crazier!
Don’t jump at some ridiculous plan that you will not be happy with after the honeymoon is over (so to speak). Believe me there are some dentists out there who are more than willing to cut down all of your natural teeth and place a boat load of veneers just to make a buck! Now if your teeth require veneers then so be it, but don’t just go with that type of plan unless it is absolutely necessary!
If you plan correctly, seek out your dentist’s opinion early enough, believe me you will end up with a stunning smile and those pictures will make you smile even more for years to come.