Interested in getting braces before your wedding day? Here’s what you need to know.
If you’re prepping for the big day, you likely already have a list of worries to keep you up at night. What if the dress doesn’t fit right? Am I forgetting to invite anyone? And, of course: will my smile look good?
If you’re like most people, you’re probably a little self-conscious about your teeth. Maybe you have minor crookedness — or more serious alignment issues. Maybe you usually prefer to smile with your mouth closed, but you can’t hide your teeth on your wedding day. You’ve got to make sure your smile is as full and genuine as possible.
If you’re thinking about getting braces before your wedding day, you’re not alone. It’s common for couples preparing for their wedding to seek out teeth-straightening options. For men and women considering braces before the big day, we’ve answered some of your most pressing questions.
What kind of braces should I get?
Modern orthodontics offers a variety of options for dental correction. Traditional metal braces are an effective way to correct most misalignments, and they can be especially helpful for serious crowding or spacing issues.
If traditional braces are a dreaded last resort, ask your dentist about Invisalign. With gradually adjusted trays that use clear plastic fitting, Invisalign can be removed at any time. It’s an especially good option for minor to moderate adjustments.
Less common options also include porcelain braces, which are close to the color of natural teeth, and lingual braces, which are applied on the inside of your teeth.
Will they be off in time?
Braces can last from a few months to over two years, depending on your treatment and how drastic your orthodontic correction needs to be. That’s why it’s so important to consult your dentist as early as possible before your wedding and to make sure you know your time frame. If you’re concerned your treatment might not be done before your wedding, it might be wise to ask about an option that is invisible or removable.
How much will they cost?
Like any orthodontic process, braces can be a big investment. For your perfect wedding day smile, the price tag can certainly be worth it. But before getting any orthodontic treatment, it’s important to make sure you’re making the best financial decision for your situation.
Fortunately, most dental insurance policies will reduce the cost of braces. The exact price tag won’t be available until a consultation with your dentist, but the average set of adult braces costs between $3,000-$4,000, depending on your insurance. Invisalign has a more flexible price range because each new tray can be purchased separately. A long-term Invisalign procedure usually costs slightly more than traditional braces, while short-term Invisalign might cost a lot less.
How much do I really need them?
You and your dentist or orthodontist should decide together whether you should get braces. Once you’ve gone in for your consultation, your dentist will recommend what type of treatment you should consider to correct your cosmetic concerns. After discussing your time frame and pricing, you and your dentist will be able to make the best choice to achieve your perfect wedding day smile.
For all your wedding day orthodontic or dental needs, schedule an appointment with our qualified staff at Espire. We offer a wide range of options, traditional and invisible, for soon-to-be weds looking for a picture-perfect day.