Post # 1
i just got a call from my DDS and due to a risky tooth/bone loss condition, any sort of work before the wedding is highly discouraged. now i have 2 front teeth that are a little longer (the ones on either side of my front pair of teeth). even my 6 year old niece asked why i ‘look like a vampire’ :(((
the DDS did mention a clip on, temporary appliance taken from impressions that will mimic the look of straight teeth. i can still eat and drink with them on, but it will cost $1500-1600. of course this is much cheaper than invisalign (~$8000) yet much more expensive that over the counter teeth whitening strips (~$50).
i am panicing that i will look so ugly in my wedding pics 🙁 for those of you who have teeth issues, which is better/more cost effective:
1) pay $1500 for an awesome faux smile
2) pay $50 for whitening strips, but possibly extra $$$ for many photographer touchups? how much would that extra service cost roughly?
i guess i am thankful to have a healthy weight, nice enough features and a hubby-to-be that loves me anyway…well, he better! 😉
Post # 3
I have “rabbit teeth” aka my two front teeth tilt inward slightly. I’d buy some crest white strips and learn to love your smile. Its prob not as bad as you think it is and I think crooked smiles have character. I wouldn’t spend $1500 on something that could look really unnatural (see: every flipper EVER on Toddlers and Tiaras)
Post # 4
I have two front teeth that aren’t aligned completely. One is mostly fake (got knocked out playing basketball as a kid), and the dentist didn’t make them even. I have two options both which cost well over $3000, which we can’t afford with the weddking. I can get the fake tooth replaced, or get invisalign… Same situation here
I don’t know how obvious your teeth are, but I wouldn’t pay the 1500$ for a flipper. Its part of you, and your finace finds you beautiful-crooked teeth even. Luckily for me if I smile you have to be REALLY close to me to see that they aren’t aligned properly
Post # 5
I have two teeth that got moved back by the others even after braces, and they gave me a sunken-in toothy smile and shadows in pictures, which bugged the hell out of me. I decided to have bonding done to both teeth and it looks awesome. My teeth look absolutely perfect, and it only cost me $60 per tooth. Maybe this is something you could consider?
Post # 6
I would not pay $1500 for a clip on, thats so much money for a temporary fix. I would look into bonding like PP mentioned. I have similar issues with my teeth, old school braces really jacked my teeth up, and I’ve still got issues. If you do bonding, just keep in mind that you should whiten your natural teeth first since the bonding material will not lighten. Also, have you asked your dentist about veneers? Or is that also too risky? I think it would fall around the same cost as the clip (for a couple of teeth) on and at least would be more permanent.
Post # 7
I have a system called “Six month smiles” which is basically “invisible” braces (as invisible as they can get, at least). It cost me $2000, and includes the retainers and whitening when I finish. I got them on in October and my teeth are already nearly perfect. I wouldn’t spend $1500 on a temporary solution when a permanent one isn’t that much more. (Also, check with a different dentist.. I was quoted $4000 for Invisalign, and I live in a very expensive area and went to a cosmetic dentist).
Post # 8
Get a quote from your photographer and ask to see a before/after of his/her work before your decide anything, but I would say just get the whitening. Also, get a second opinion on the work that needs done.
Post # 9
@MissDW: I agree with that thinking. Your fiance loves you the way you are. My teeth aren’t perfect either. I’m 35. I’ve had these teeth my entire life, so they’re staying. I will do the white strips and that’s all.
Post # 10
I say do what makes you most comfortable. If it’s something that makes you really uncomfortable I would fix it to make you feel good! At least the snap on you can use for a whille until you can get the proper procedures! I had my front tooth knocked out when I was a kid and had to have a cap on it until my mouth matured… I have never felt more confident than after I got that repair. Do what will make you feel most beautiful!
Post # 11
i looked into invisalign, but ultimately my dentist was able to straighten my front teeth with just a $500 retainer, which was awesome, so ask about that. also there is another brand of invisible straightener which is much cheaper. now, having said that, my close up pics were all “serious” face, and all the big smiling shots were from a distance, so my teeth barely showed!
Post # 12
Hi! My dad is a dentist and I worked in the dental field as an assistant, so I know a lot about teeth and their fixes. I recommend looking into a product called clearcorrect (http://clearcorrect.com/) and see if there’s a dentist in your area that does this. It is a less expensive route and the dentist might be willing to do a shorter term. My dad did this for my sister who got married in October of 2010, he delayed and didn’t get her started on them until probably 4 or 5 months before and her teeth looked fantastic for her big day. She only got the upper arch, and not the lower. That was a great quick fix.
If you find a dentist that is willing to go that route with you, it can be alot less money. Possibly even the price to get your temporary smile! Of course, it isn’t good to only move your upper teeth to be straight and ignore your lower teeth in the long run, it can cause issues with your jaw because it is changing the way your teeth bite together. BUT majority of people already have imperfect bites and don’t even know it, also it won’t have any short term effects to fix your upper teeth and ignore your lowers for now.
Another thing, have you looked into CareCredit? It is a health care “credit card” but it’s a very legitimate method of paying off medical/dental bills with no interest for however long the promotional rate is for. The financial coordinators at my last office were able to call in to get longer promotional rates for patients with good credit. If you can finance it for a year or two, maybe that would also help?
Of course, every case is different, if you have too much crowding or teeth reluctant to move it can be different. I’d really like to help out in any way I can, feel free to message me if you want to talk more details. Would you mind sharing what the potential bone loss situation you have is? Can they not shorten your two front teeth to look more natural?
Post # 13
I feel your smile pain. My teeth are not horribly crooked(right side sits lower than the left side though) but I knocked my right front tooth out when I was 7, they put it back in and has been longer since. I accidently got hit in the nose force going downward and now it is even longer! and way darker! I assume it isn’t dead since I can feel cold and hot on it away from my gum. I can’t afford to get it fixed either. My photographer will be fixing what she can for my pictures. It won’t stay this ugly forever so I have no problem with her retouching it but I know how self conscious an imperfect smile can make you feel. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I think I would be happier if mine just matched in color, the length I hide with my lower lip 🙂
Post # 14
Depending on how much longer the two teeth are, you can sometimes get them filed down. I did this because I still had the pointy bumps on my front teeth that were there from when they came in. The dentist filed them down for me when he took off my braces in high school. That being said, you can’t file too much without hitting nerve endings, so it may or may not be an option for you.
Post # 15
I don’t know where you are, but have you looked into dental schools in your area? Dental schools have all the latest equipment and techniques and most of the time can get alot of special items ALOT cheaper than a DDSs office can. I go to the dental school here whenever they are in session. I think the quality of care is much better than any dental office I have ever been to, and a whole lot cheaper and more comprehensive.
Post # 16
I’d really need to see your teeth to pass judgment. I mean, I’m going to guess it’s nowhere near as bad as you think or “like a vampire.” I wouldn’t want a fake smile so if you can’t have orthodontia, just whiten ’em up and love what you have.