I have a confession: I grind my teeth.
I have always dreamed of beautiful teeth- the ones you see in the movies. But I knew that was not my fate. Those are veneers, a friend told me in high school. She flashed her own beautiful smile at me.These cost $7,500- she bragged to me. I. Would. Never. #beauty #smile Click To Tweet
I cringed. At the tender age of 14, my back teeth were already close to flat and my front teeth were something I wished to be longer. …as I got older, things only got worse.
Finally, it all hit the fan, when Dave took a picture of me with the girls, and my smile made me cringe.
I loved holding my girls on a beautiful sunny day- enjoying one of our favorite places: The Roger Williams Park Zoo- and I was beaming. But short teeth (especially paired with my round face… thanks, Mom) crushed my confidence.
With Listen to Your Mother coming up, I finally sat down with Dave and had a tooth talk. I was palm-sweaty nervous, thinking this was just another pipe-dream, but he told me to see what the dentist had to say. Without dental insurance, I called Aspen Dental, which is just down the street from me and headed in.
After my initial intake, complete with xrays, I talked to the dentist about what he thought I needed. A good cleaning, though my teeth were pretty healthy and my gums perfect, was first on the list. Then, we talked front teeth. One option, veneers, came in at about $1,000 per tooth.
Then there was a less expensive–still expensive option, for about $650 a tooth.
I started to well up, so I looked down as the doctor kept talking. “Last,” he said, “we can try some bonding. It will still look great, natural- so not perfect, and won’t last forever. I think that’s going to be best for you.” I looked up and he was smiling at me, his own slightly imperfect grin making me feel much more comfortable.
A week later, after a great cleaning, my front teeth were bonded for length.
And I was ecstatic.
I still have dental work that needs to be done… but I love my teeth. My confidence. And I am so thankful that I had a doctor who understood where I am in life. As a mom, my priorities are not myself, but I still deserve a bit of pampering and a boost in confidence.
My teeth? Yeah. My perfectly me, perfectly imperfect teeth.
You guys, I’m freaking out. #aspendental totally understood that I can’t afford #veneers, so they did a beautiful bonding on my front teeth. No biting into apples, but #selfconfidence for days!!!!! #beauty #teeth #dentist #smile #youreneverfullydressedwithoutasmile #aisforadelaideblog #thankyou @aspendental
SO how does one keep tooth bonding white? Honestly, it isn’t easy- veneers, with all of their expense, are much more stain resistant- and some tried and true ways, like avoiding tea, coffee, wine (etc.) are just not feasible for me. These tips? This is how I’m making it work!
- Most importantly, good oral hygiene is the critical. Brushing and flossing twice a day is key, as well as yearly visits to the dentist for cleanings. I use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth that also has a whitening agent in it.
- NO SMOKING. There are a million reasons why you need to quit yesterday- one of them is your teeth.
- Brush post-wine/coffee/tea so these staining drinks aren’t left on your teeth.
- When all is said and done, sometimes just getting your bonding re-polished and sealed will do the trick!