Post # 1
<font size=”1″>So I know it is typical for brides to bleach their teeth or work on their tans before the weddding, just wondering if i took it too far. When I realized that I was going to have a ton of close up pictures taken of me, it gave me a push to get invisalign at 28 years old! Just wondering if anyone else has done anything or plans on doing anything to change their appearance because of the wedding…</font>
Post # 3
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s probably something you’ve been wanting to do anyway and the beautiful results will last long after the wedding day. It’s a much better investment than hair extensions (which I plan on getting), fake tans or fake nails. Is sounds like the wedding was all the push you needed to do something nice for yourself. Hopefully the dental gear didn’t cut into the wedding budget much!
Post # 4
I was going to get braces to straighten my teeth! Funny story is that a year ago, my dentist told me that my teeth had shifted and that I should get braces. At the time I didn’t notice any difference so I brushed it off.
I just recently noticed that my teeth are REALLY crooked now! But invisalign was too expensive for me and its too late for me to put on the metal ones. So I’m going to have to go through my wedding w/ crooked teeth. =( I do plan to get metal braces after the wedding though!
Post # 5
I’m definitely going to whiten my teeth. I have a friend who did invisalign beforehand, too. I’d love to get microdermabrasian to reduce some acne scars on my cheeks but I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford it, so – I don’t think you’re taking it too far at all. Plenty of people do lots to look their best on their wedding day.
Post # 6
My MoH got braces to straighten her teeth just for pictures. Ironically, instead of being able to get the braces off before my wedding, it was a few weeks after. At 31, I was impressed that she went and fixed something that always bothered her.
Post # 7
I am doing Invisalign too! (I am also a dentist, and you would be surprised that even Mom’s of the Bride and Groom want to whiten their teeth before the wedding) I had braces as an adolescent, but I had some relapse and have always wanted them super straight again! This was just the push for me to do it!
I think that I am going to start getting facials too–they are about $160 a pop! I figure I have to start taking super-good care of my skin anyway because I am turning 30
Post # 8
I got one facial, and I’m planing to get a second one. I am also trying to DIET and lower my alcohol intake..
Post # 9
I have realized that due to a bad skiing accident when I was 14 – 3 teeth of mine on one side have taken a bit darker then the others mostly due to the fact I smoked for several years. Or at least I like to think it’snot just because I popped myself in the mouth with a ski pole….lol.
I want invisaling but with no insurance and no extra money it’s not possible.
I take faith in my photographer in smoothing my skin and lightening my teeth on ALL my photos and she will be informaed to do this. It should be somethign that is done to some small extent no matter what!! As I know her well she knows all the "good ones" will be in need of this.
The issues isn’t as bad as some might think but you are your own worst critic….
Post # 10
I am going to do some things too…I have been wanting a personal trainer, so I am getting one, along with getting my teeth professionally whitened, getting facials once a month (starting 3 months before the wedding) and getting my nails done once a week before the wedding. These are all things I have wanted to do, and now I have an excuse. I even built them into the budget. I say-you go girl! You are going to look gorgeous!
Post # 11
I don’t know what "typical" means. I would think that it is relatively common for some brides to do more for their appearance than they would normally, but many brides just do hair and makeup for the wedding. So if you’d like to do these extras, go for it, but I don’t think they’re by any means required or even expected.
If you were planning to get braces or tooth-whitening, maybe this is a good time to go through with it, but if you weren’t planning to do these things, then I wouldn’t bother. Just make sure you know where you want to draw the line — hair dye? plastic surgery? — with regards to your personal values and budget.
I think there’s a lot of pressure (and marketing) on brides to try to be "perfect-looking" for the wedding day, which really won’t improve the quality of their marriage.
Personally I’m less worried about this and more worried about what I’ll look like in 30 years after a couple of kids. 🙂
Post # 12
I’ve started dieting and working out more, getting manicures every week, and since I noticed my teeth were starting to get crooked, I went to the orthodontist and got retainers that I wear only at night. They work really well! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who’s doing some "self-improvement" like this!
Post # 13
I’m looking into getting some treatment to fix my (very) gummy smile, so I completely understand your smile-panic! My smile has always bothered me, and I’m becoming more aware of its faults the more I see photos of myself. I’d hate to be self-concious everytime I laugh or smile on my wedding day …
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2008 - Ceremony in a historic church, tented lawn reception at a golf and country club
I wanted to get braces (horse teeth and petite jaw = crowding), but my dentist recommended against it – because, apparently, certain types of crooked teeth will only be temporarily straightened, but will shift again after the braces come off (shifting towards the center, as my teeth do). I’m pretty lucky because my teeth look very straight from head on, it’s only from one side that you can notice that they actually aren’t perfect!
Prop to you, Future Mrs, for taking the plunge!
Post # 15
I think its totally normal. I don’t usually wear much makeup or put a lot of effort into my hair, but the thought of somebody snapping pictures of you all day long is enough to panic anybody. I whitened my teeth a few years ago, and am definately going to do it again before the wedding. I was also thinking of going to the dermatologist and seeing about a peel – my sister had one last year and thought it was fantastic. Its funny, because normally I wouldn’t give it a second thought. But you will be looking at the pictures forever!
Post # 16
amysue— there are these AMAZING mircodermabraisan kits from Mary Kay that work wonders & aren’t AS irritating as the medical ones… but they work just as well… I personally have had both in the past and honestly the Mary Kay kit leaves a really close end product— the total kit is like $55 or so & gives you multiple uses— but don’t do it more than 1x per week!!!