I am getting married in a little over a year. But my teeth are so crooked I hide my teeth with my hand when I smile. I DON’T want to look this way in my wedding pictures.
I talked to an orthodontist who told me it would take more than two years with braces to straighten my teeth. I asked him if he could speed that up any, and he told me no.
Is there a way I can get my teeth straightened before my wedding?
There is really no good way to speed up traditional braces, but there are a couple of excellent options with different techniques. An excellent cosmetic dentist that can offer you some great alternatives to traditional wire-and-bracket braces.
There are basically two great ways to get this done in a year. The first is Invisalign invisible braces. This system uses clear plastic aligners that you wear and they push your teeth into the correct positions. Typical treatment times are six to 9 months. And the nice thing is that, even if you didn’t get this going right away and the treatment ran over, you can still get your pictures done with the aligners, and you would look great, even with your teeth maybe not quite perfectly straight at your wedding. Or, if you were worried about this, you could just take the aligners out for the photos and put them back in when they’re done.
Even if your Invisalign treatment is not complete in time for your wedding, your teeth would certainly look much straighter, and the aligners could be removed for your wedding day pictures or other festivities.
Or, if you want it even faster, porcelain veneers can straighten your teeth in just two appointments. They don’t actually move the teeth, but the veneers are bonded to the fronts of the teeth to make them look perfectly straight. This may be a great solution for you if your teeth are also stained or discolored, because you can get them the shade you want.
A word of caution regarding veneers, though: be very, very careful when selecting your dentist! Many dentists think they can place porcelain veneers, but they lack the artistry and aesthetic sense to create a truly beautiful, natural smile makeover. Just because a dentist advertises that they do cosmetic dentistry does not mean you won’t be paying to have the whole thing redone down the road. Make sure they have received the specialized training, and have the artistic sense to do beautiful work.
The smartest thing you could do would be to talk to an expert cosmetic dentist who does porcelain veneers AND Invisalign braces. Only a dentist who is skilled in both treatments can give you a truthful, educated opinion on which procedure will work best in your individual situation.
I hope this helps!
Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers that have been heavily promoted in advertising.