I literally just walked in the door and could not WAIT to update! I am beside myself, ecstatic about the results. I was so nervous that we would have to go another round, I honestly wasn’t expecting to sign off on the teeth today.
My sister has gone with me for the last couple appointments but she is in the hospital recovering from surgery so she wasn’t able to make it. I really didn’t want to go by myself. She said, “Why don’t you just reschedule?” and I told her, “They probably won’t be right anyways so I might as well just get it over with”. Cynical, I know…..I know…..
- All adjustments need to be made while the teeth are in wax form. If you notice something you don’t like, point it out.
- Ask the dentist or assistant if you can have a moment alone to process everything. It’s really difficult to figure out what you like or dislike about the teeth when someone is hovering over your shoulder, eagerly waiting for your response. Having a moment to yourself to make goofy faces and really inspect the teeth is CRUCIAL.
- Speaking of goofy faces, MAKE THEM! Make yourself look as ridiculous as possible. This gives you a better view of the gums and things you otherwise may not notice if you just look relaxed.
- Smile BIG! I mean, really…..HUGE. Laugh hard. Pretend someone is tickling you or you were told the funniest joke you have ever heard in your life. You want to see how the teeth are going to look in real-life scenarios.
- Relax your mouth. Give your “expressionless” look. This is the best way to determine if the teeth need to be lengthened or not. If your teeth are hiding behind your lip (common problem with lower dentures) or if your relaxed mouth has a collapsed appearance, something needs to be adjusted.
- Investigate your side profile. What looks nice from the front, may not look nice from the side.
- Pay attention to your midline. You can’t really judge by lining it up to your nose because, like me, you may have a crooked nose. Positioning the midline straight down the center of your face might not always work. For me, I just knew what looked off and what didn’t. But you definitely don’t want a front tooth centered perfectly below the dip in your upper lip.
- Feel for a proper bite. If anything clicks or if you feel something isn’t lining up right, this is a problem that needs to be corrected now, not after you get your perms.
- If your teeth are not properly supporting either of your lips, they can always be adjusted or slanted forward to provide more support. Again, this is something that needs to be corrected now.
- Take pictures if you are able to. Take pictures of what you look like now, then do all of the same poses with your wax try-ins. Having a point of reference makes it easier to compare the teeth and figure out what you do and don’t like.
- If possible, bring a friend. An unbiased opinion is always best. They can see things that you may not be able to see, especially if your emotions are running rampant.
- Of all the advice I can give, this is the most important piece: DO NOT sign off on teeth that you are not happy with. Don’t let the dentist tell you what looks good and what doesn’t, he’s not wearing them, you are. It’s ok to get their opinion but ultimately, you have to be satisfied with them. If the dentist tells you the teeth look perfect but you think they are too small, too big, too long, too short, etc, then they need to be fixed. Once you sign off on them, that’s usually it. You are stuck with a set of dentures that you are less than thrilled with. I went for maybe 4 or 5 different wax try-ins and was totally prepared to go for more if I felt like I wasn’t satisfied.