So the first stage of my teeth makeover happened this month and for me, this was a BIIIIIIIGG deal! My teeth are crooked, jagged and different colours. I have a very old crown front and centre that replaced a broken tooth from a car accident I had as a teenager) that needs replacing after 40 years and it’s a different colour than the rest of my teeth. I haven’t smiled with my mouth open for years because I feel my teeth are so ugly, so yep, this is a massive deal for me.
The first stage was having a thorough clean and while thankfully I didn’t need any fillings (it’s been almost 10 years since I went to the dentist so that was a surprise) my teeth did need a good scale and clean up. Lori, my hygienist was brilliant and we did most of the work last month but I do still have a bit more to do around my incisor gums next month.
The second stage (and this is where the transformation really starts) was the 3 veneers on my top front teeth to try and get them all lined up, even in colour and size and much pretttier. That was this mornings dental visit and I can’t believe the difference already.
Finally I have top front teeth that are all a similar size, face the right way, aren’t crooked and are a much better colour match!
I had composite veneers done rather than porcelain. While porcelain would be the ultimate answer, they’re about $1000 each (ouch!) and they have to be made in a dental laboratory. Given I need 11 veneers in total, thats $11,000 so I can’t see that happening any time soon!
Composite veneers cost less than half that and are done in the dentist’s chair. Within an hour I had three shiny new teeth without any needles and without any pain.
I must admit that I’m feeling a little “toothy” right now and it will take me a few days to get used to the feel of different teeth. My top lip needs to settle over the teeth a little better yet and I haven’t eaten anything yet either so I still have some settling in time to go through yet.
Nest steps? The crown (which is the odd coloured one front and centre) has to be removed and replaced. That’s a big job and will take a couple of months. Thats because it is waaaaaaaaay expensive and because after 40 years, its not going to be an easy job to remove and replace.
Then after that, the bottom six veneers will go on to straighten them up and then the teeth makeover will be complete.
By the time I finish (around July) it will have cost me a few thousand spendies, but given I’ve been so embarrassed about my teeth for so long, I think the investment is worth it. I’m looking forward to smiling and talking without feeling overwhelmingly self conscious of how ugly my teeth are. The freedom to smile without embarrassment will be amazing!!!
Am I the only one who is embarrassed by their teeth? I’d love to hear how you feel about your teeth. Please comment below and share your thoughts with me.