Should I get braces before my wedding?
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Weddings often bring to light things that a person has always wanted to change, and you may suddenly find yourself worrying about the appearance of your smile. While you have likely gotten used to your crooked or misaligned teeth over the years, the realization that your smile will be immortalized for posterity in your wedding album may leave you dealing with some serious fears.
Your wedding day is one of the biggest events of your life, and it is true that all eyes will be on you and your bride or groom. The good news is that you do not have to settle for giving a closed-mouth smile. Instead, you can use this guide to decide if how you will benefit from getting braces before your wedding.
Identify What You Want to Change
The first thing you need to do is assess your smile. Are your teeth healthy but they overlap? Alternatively, you may be concerned about an overbite or underbite that used to bother you a lot when you were younger. As you look in the mirror and check out your smile, keep in mind that it is common for several issues to occur with a person’s tooth arrangement. Fortunately, the majority of these types of problems can be corrected with the right type of orthodontic treatment.
Address Aesthetic Concerns
While you may want your smile to look better, you might also worry about having pictures with you flashing a mouth full of metal. If that is what is holding you back, then have no worries. Today’s orthodontic treatment options have come a long way, and new technology now allows your orthodontist to treat your smile’s problem areas with greater discretion. From lingual braces to Invisalign, there are multiple ways to begin improving your smile without calling attention to your orthodontic treatment.
Consider the Wedding Date
Planning a wedding takes time, and it is possible that your orthodontic treatment could be finished, or close to it, if you plan to get married in a year or more. Sit down and look at the projected schedule for planning your wedding. Most likely, you will find that you still have plenty of time to squeeze in visits to the orthodontist. For a wedding that is in the near future, consider using a treatment strategy such as Invisalign that allows you to remove the trays for just long enough to get some great photos and finalize your vows with a kiss.
Explore Different Treatment Options
Your recommended treatment plan is based upon the unique factors that influence how your teeth, gums and the associated ligaments work together. However, most people are able to choose from several different options so that they can pick the one that fits their lifestyle. When you go in for your initial exam, make sure to let the orthodontist know that you are planning a wedding and have aesthetic or time concerns. This way, they can highlight the options that fit into your plans the best.
For instance, Invisalign braces can sometimes be a faster option that can improve your smile during your engagement period. If you do require traditional braces, then you can also take advantage of new technology that sends micro-pulses to the teeth while you wear a special appliance over the braces for a few minutes each day. Special light treatments can also be used to increase your comfort during the time that you are wearing braces.
Know What to Expect
One of the benefits of braces is that working through orthodontic treatment motivates you to focus on improving your overall oral health. As you explore your options, make sure that you know what to expect throughout the treatment process so that you can plan your schedule accordingly. For instance, traditional braces require you to visit the orthodontist every few weeks to have them adjusted. Usually, these visits are fairly brief, and you should be able to fit them into your schedule easily.
With Invisalign, you will typically have fewer treatments. However, you will need to come in every month or so to have the orthodontist check on your progress. With both types, you may have an emergency visit if you experience a problem such as a broken wire or lost aligner tray.
You will also need to take care of your oral health by continuing with your normal toothbrushing and flossing routine. With traditional braces, your orthodontist will show you how to floss around the brackets and wires, and you can consider using a special water flosser to make it easier.
Invisalign care involves removing your braces so that you can brush and floss your teeth like normal. Then, you will need to clean your aligner trays using the instructions given to you by the orthodontist. Depending upon your care plan, you may need to use a special mouth rinse or soak the aligner trays for a specific amount of time each day.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation
The decision to get braces before your wedding is a very personal choice, and the best way to feel confident as you proceed is to seek the advice of an orthodontist. During your initial consultation, you will receive a full oral exam that may include x-rays to give a full picture of your oral health and tooth alignment. Then, this information will be used to help you find out what your options are for getting a picture perfect smile for your wedding.
At Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics, we help patients throughout every stage in life. Contact us today for your free initial consultation so that we can help your smile look as radiant as you feel on your special day.
Dr. Jasmine Gorton, a Bay Area native, graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelor degrees in both Integrative Biology and Social Sciences and then went on to graduate from Harvard with honors for her Doctorate in Dental Medicine.
She continued her education at UCSF with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Growth and Development, followed by an Orthodontic Residency with a Master of Science in Oral Biology.