Post # 1
I used to have braces for four year when I was a child and I didn’t wear my retainer so my bottom teeth shifted a little. Now I have a tooth that is further back than the rest….it isn’t too terribly noticable but I can see it in pictures where I laugh or am talking. I decided to talk to my dentist about getting invisiline clear tray teeth straighteners and my mother said that she would pay for it. We just found out that it would cost around $1500 for everything and my mom said that since it is so expensive, I need to take it from my $20,000 wedding budget. I definitely don’t have the money to pay for it, so that doesn’t help either. I just can’t decide if it is worth it or not because our budget is really tight at this point and I’m worried that anything that I cut will be something big. So a lifetime of straight teeth or a wedding with no compromises????????
I hope that other brides can understand the difficulty of this situation. Please help!
Post # 3
It’s only worth it if you can make the commitment to continue to wear the trays because if you don’t they will shift again.
Post # 4
Ask your dentist if there are any alternatives to invisalign. I went in for a consult, thinking I’d be paying 1500 for invisalign to straighted a minor flaw that occured after shifting when I had braces too. They built me a retainer (a little thicker/stronger than the one you get after braces) with a wire that helps shift the teeth back into place. Grand total? 500 bucks. I’ve also heard that there is a “generic” version of invisalign called red white and blue.
Post # 5
Teeth all the way!
While the wedding day is just one day, the teeth will last longer. So will the wedding pictures. I got veneers before the wedding. So glad I did!
Like JoJo Bananas said, you will need to continue to wear some kind of retainer/mouthguard to keep them straight.
Post # 6
Your wedding is one day. Straight teeth are forever. I’m seriously considering getting invisalign after my wisdom teeth are taken out to counteract the crookedness cause by the wisdom teeth coming in!!
Post # 7
Teeth! And get a permanent retainer! I have one on the bottom, so glad.
Post # 7
Teeth all the way. It would drive me nuts to know I spent so much on my wedding pictures but then I was irritated with the way my smile looked in the pictures. It’s a life improvement decision.
Post # 8
I’m probably biased because my bottom teeth are a little crooked (for the same reason!), but I think it gives character!
Post # 9
Teeth for sure. I also previously had braces and my teeth shifted quite a bit. My invisalign cost $6500 and they let me do a payment plan… this was the biggest expense I had ever undertaken and I seriously debated it for a LONG time before deciding to do it… it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I LOVE my teeth now.
Like @crayfish said, teeth are forever.
Post # 10
Hmmm I’m going to argue both sides because I can’t decide haha 🙂
Straight Teeth: You’re going to be spending a LOT on professional photography that you will be looking at for the rest of your life, so if it’s something you’re self conscious about, you don’t want to dislike the pictures where you are laughing/smiling at your wedding!
On the other hand…
Bigger Budget: Your fiance, family, friends, etc. obviously love you the way you are, un-straightened teeth and all. You should be able to spend a little more on a dress that you will look beautiful in, a little more on food/drink/etc. for your guests to have a great experience… Basically, everyone will think you look beautiful on your wedding day no matter what, so use that extra $1500 to celebrate your new marriage!
Post # 11
Get your teeth done. I’m contemplating getting Invisaline or just dealing with braces again, depending on how long I’d have to leave them on for and cost. I didn’t wear my retainer and some of mine shifted around, too. 🙁
Post # 12
Def teeth – esp b/c you said you notice them in pictures; you don’t want to be looking back and see something you don’t like about yourself in your wedding photos, ESP since it could of been fixed! 🙂
Post # 13
@LoLoRose: I understand you are feeling conflicted. That’s amazing you are fortunate enough to have your mother pay for your $20,000 wedding and I’m sorry you lost your father and he won’t be able to be a part of your special day.
Really, though? Straight teeth or a smaller budget? Please don’t take this as snark, because it’s not intended to be. Have you thought of getting a part-time job, selling something on eBay, garage sale, donating plasma, pop-bottle collection if your state has it. I don’t know…anything?
The way I see it, you already wasted your mom’s/parents/whomever’s money with the first go-around of braces/retainers and yes, I understand most kids do not have the forsight to listen to doctor’s orders, but seriously. My advice to you: find room in the budget or get a job/another job for extra income. Your day will not be terrible if you have $1,500 less to spend. Your day will also not be terrible if you have one tooth out of place that “isn’t too terribly noticeable”. You could always take the $1,500 from the budget and then work/sell/whatever to get that money back on something that’s not payable until closer towards the actual wedding date.
Again, not snark but from this post alone, I find the perspective to be out of whack. I might be bitter though.
Post # 14
you can always get invisalign later
Post # 15
@FrozenFeet: It’s really not any of our business how OP’s wedding/teeth alignment is getting paid for, or how much it is, she’s just asking about whether to allocate the money or not.