I’m a woman in her early 30’s and have been on many, many first dates. My dates and I always seem to have a great time. We often have many things in common and most of the date is spent laughing. But when it comes time for a second date — nothing happens. I know I’m a decent looking woman, but I’ve always felt self-conscious about my crooked teeth. I think if I straighten them, I will feel more confident about my look. But the idea of braces at my age seems implausible. Plus wearing big, metal braces would definitely NOT help my dating status! Is there an alternative to getting braces that could help straighten my teeth?
Lisa, from Chicago, IL
You know how the saying goes: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. So while looks aren’t everything, one of the first things people notice about you is your smile. A recent survey from Match.com found that the number one thing dates look for in a possible date is a good smile.
Good news! There is certainly an alternative to the traditional “big, metal” braces and it’s called Invisalign. Invisalign are a set of clear aligners that shift your teeth into the proper position in less time than traditional braces, usually in about six to twelve months. And guess what? Most people won’t even be able to tell that you’re wearing them. So you can actively date and straighten your teeth at the same time.
Find a good cosmetic dentist who specializes in Invisalign. Every mouth is different — only your dentist can determine if you are a good candidate for these aligners and for how long you should wear them.
Your dentist can help correct your teeth problem, but if there’s another reason for your dating woes, your dentist won’t be much help with that. But I have a feeling having straight teeth will give you new confidence and will make a huge difference. Good luck!
This blog is sponsored by Buffalo dentist Warren M. Krutchick, DDS.