It might be worth it if you're self-conscious about your smile, but there are a few things to consider.

By Elizabeth Swanson
August 27, 2019
Paul Sunday

If your teeth have been bugging you for a while—and, as a result, you feel self-conscious when you smile—you may want to consider having them straightened before your wedding. "Your smile is your calling card," says Dr. Marc Lowenberg, co-founder of New York City's Lowenberg, Lituchy, and Kantor Cosmetic Dentistry. "It has an immediate impact on the way people perceive you. If you're embarrassed about your teeth—because of spaces, chips, crookedness, or color—you won't feel like the most confident and attractive version of yourself on your wedding day. And there are many options for smile fixes before the big day."

Dealing with severe movement or alignment problems? Then classic braces are your best option. "Traditional braces reposition teeth via brackets that are glued onto each tooth and worn up to a year," Lowenberg says. But if you've noticed mild shifting or alignment problems, clear, plastic aligners like Invisalign can straighten teeth in as little as four months, he says. Aesthetically, most brides and grooms prefer to go this route if they can.

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Aligners have their strengths and weakness, though. "Most people prefer the look of aligners to braces, but they're not as good at rotating teeth. And once teeth are straightened, something permanent should be done to help hold teeth in place. The best bet would be to have a permanent retainer put in." This is because of teeth memory. Adults who wore braces as children may find their teeth have become crooked again because teeth will always want to go back to where they came from, Lowenberg says.

Should a quick fix be what you really need, veneers are the best option. "They take two visits to the dentist, usually one week apart, and then your smile is wedding-ready," he says. "Veneers are great especially for one or two shifted teeth, because it can be a permanent fix."

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