Confessions of a Reformed Vampire

Guys, I have a confession. I’ve had a cosmetic procedure. You see, I was once a vampire.

OK, maybe not a vampire of the blood-sucking, glittering skin variety (thankfully). I was actually born with a fang-shaped maxillary lateral incisor. Growing up we always joked around that I was half-vampire. It explained a lot of things, really, like why I was so nocturnal and why I never seemed to age.

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Personal photo & evidence of fang

For a long time, I didn’t mind it. In fact, I embraced it as a part of what makes me unique. And it is! When I had my braces removed in high school the dentist asked if I would like to have it capped and I refused. Long live the fang! But over time, especially in my late 20s, I became more and more self-conscious about my fang. I would never give people a big smile in public. I would always have a twinge of self-doubt during conversations. Add to this the fact that I stand in front of 90 teenagers five days a week and I’m sure you can understand why I was becoming more self-conscious. Friends and relatives teased me because I claimed to have a “good” side when taking photos—my left side, the side without the fang. If you scroll through my profile pictures on Facebook, nearly all of them are photos of the left side of my face. It’s actually kind of sad.

Honestly, I think most people didn’t notice my fang. That or they were just trying to be polite when I mentioned it in conversation. But it was still something that bothered me, and I knew that it was time to have it repaired.

As a graduate student I didn’t have dental insurance, so having it fixed at that time wasn’t an option. But even after getting dental insurance through my school district I waited almost two years before finally deciding to have it fixed. The wedding was certainly a big factor in this decision, but it was also because I was ready to move on from the fang. So this past May while I was in the office for a routine cleaning and checkup, I went ahead and moved forward with the procedure.

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The fixed tooth is the one to the right of my front teeth. Excuse the crazy hair—I took this after a day of swimming.

I am extremely happy with the result! Not only was it super quick and easy to repair, but it was also inexpensive. Instead of using a crown or veneer, the dentist used a bonding technique with tooth-colored composite resin. He actually sculpted it around my fang and then sanded it down to look like a natural tooth. It looks amazing—like the “normal” tooth that I never had. I remember leaving the dentist’s office and I couldn’t stop smiling and checking out my new smile in the mirror. The best part is that my fang is still underneath the bonding, so if I’m ever feeling particularly vampiric in the future (doubtful) I could always return to my original tooth. In fact, this procedure only lasts a few years before it must be replaced. I’ll be seeing my fang again someday, even if it is only briefly in the dentist’s chair.

Having my fang fixed wasn’t really a big deal, but it made a huge impact on my confidence, especially when I smile. But it also made me think about the wedding industry and how women are under such extreme pressures to look their absolute best on their wedding day. Personally, I think that means looking the very best for YOU. I don’t think women should try to change too much about themselves for their weddings. I think that you should look like a glowingly happy, polished version of your usual self.

The wedding may have been the impetus for me to fix something that had been bothering me for a while, but I don’t think I would ever take any more drastic steps to resolve other cosmetic issues. But hey, do what makes YOU happy and comfortable and never forget that the person you are marrying loves you for YOU.

Have you had any cosmetic procedures in order to look your best on your wedding day?

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Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    sarahcool 224 posts, Helper bee @ 3:52 pm

    Haha! I have a fang, too! I’ve never noticed or known anyone else with a fang!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:38 pm

    I toyed with dying my hair to cover some pesky grays and spray-tanning, but neither felt like me. And if there was one thing I wanted to feel on our wedding day, it was like myself. My dentist even asked if I wanted to whiten my teeth beforehand – no thanks! (It took me a year after our wedding to get around to coloring my hair.)

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    alisha, Guest @ 4:38 pm

    I had a full tooth implant for the wedding! We rushed everything before the wedding to get it finished – it was a 9 month proceder and I went through 4 fake teeth. it was- HELL

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    misspine 1493 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:03 pm

    Aw! You look lovely before and after! Thanks for sharing the procedure you did – I have a fang that I might want to eventually fix up a bit, too.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 6:11 pm

    My friend (age 30) got Botox shortly before her wedding. She looked…. uncomfortable.

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:32 pm

    honestly, I can’t tell the difference between the two pictures. you look great in both of them!

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    Beautiful Moments+Photography, Guest @ 7:18 pm

    Good on you! I can totally relate to this, I have a friend who always pokes fun at me for having my face to the right when someone brings out the camera but it’s for a good reason! Glad you now feel more confident to show both sides of your beautiful face ;)

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 7:52 pm

    I definitely think you should do what makes you feel most beautiful and most like yourself, which changing your tooth clearly did. It looks great and very natural (though I think you look beautiful before, too, obviously!!).

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    HeathenSwan 779 posts, Busy bee @ 8:21 pm

    I have two fangs. I love them and wouldn’t change them for the world. But I’m glad you were able to do what makes you feel best about yourself.

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 6:40 am

    My teeth needed an update too! When I was growing up, my right (baby tooth) maxillary incisor didn’t want to fall out – so my adult maxillary incisor grew behind in crooked.. which then pushed the other two teeth crooked and forward. So I had one big tooth that jutted forward. When I smiled, it looked like it wasn’t there until you looked a little closer. I would ALWAYS have a closed smile – and since I got braces thanks to my work, I will have a beautiful smile for our wedding day. :)

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    reynaweddingbee 194 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:03 am

    Your dentist did a great job! They made it look so natural so you still look like yourself! Beautiful!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:58 am

    Aw guys thanks for the sweet comments! I’m so happy I went through with this procedure. If you are on the fence about a similar procedure with your teeth — do it! The composite resin is temporary (3-5 years) so if you don’t like it, it’s not permanent.

    I have to admit that when I clicked over to Weddingbee and saw my big face plastered on the front page I felt sudden pangs of self-consciousness. The fang was out in all its glory for all the world to see (that is one of the rare photos where you can see it as most are taken from the left side of my face). Having your photos so publicly on the internet is honestly a little strange, but that’s part of blogging here!

    Anyway, thanks for being awesome!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:04 am

    I’ve had my maxillary canine teeth capped several times – I have been a die hard teeth grinder in my sleep since I was a toddler and it’s obviously taken a toll on my canines. I also prefer the non-invasive capping to actually getting a permanent crown. Which reminds me… they need some re-capping!

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    alishaloo 2529 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:19 am

    @Miss Camel: @Miss Camel: you can get a perminate procedure done ! That’s what I have my tooth was completely missing so it was a massive procedure or several procedures but you can get caps that will last 40 years and look great

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:02 am

    So I still have a baby tooth where my upper left canine is supposed to be, and I still haven’t done anything about it. :X I’ll need to get it taken care of soon since it’ll prob fall out in next few years – but it’s quite an intense procedure. I toyed with getting it done before the wedding, but there will be surgery and pulling and braces involved for an undetermined amount of time. So no, didn’t get anything done before the wedding.. I had the same attitude you mentioned.. it may be a fault, but it’s ME and I’m used to it! Your teeth look fab, btw!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:49 pm

    You look wonderful, but more importantly, you obviously feel better about your smile and it will show through on your wedding day!

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    parism 454 posts, Helper bee @ 9:55 pm

    I think you look great before and after. It is funny you say this though because I have fangs on both sides, full on quite a bit longer than my front teeth and I never notice mine or other people’s but in one of the first pics of SO & I together, I am smiling closed mouth and my fangs are hanging out – just a little over my lip but enough for me to hate that photo! That is really the only time I’ve ever been bothered, but as you said it didn’t used to bother you! Something for me to think about :)

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    penguin 3471 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:12 pm

    I feel like I’ve heard more people that have had something cosmetic done than NOT for the wedding. I think the wedding’s just an excuse to get something done that has been weighing on you…whether it’s a dental procedure, getting clinical treatment for recurring acne, getting a bothersome mole removed, etc etc. Of all my friends that ended up getting something (big or small) done, it was a huge confidence booster, and that’s what really matters! :) So glad you got yours done…I can’t imagine what a relief it is to smile big and not be “afraid” of what people are thinking (even if the reality is they probably didn’t notice) – inner confidence is a big deal!!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:06 pm

    @Mrs. Penguin: You’re exactly right. This was definitely about my inner confidence, especially when most people claim they never noticed my tooth. But it bothered me so much and having it fixed was a relief. In that way, I guess weddings are a good excuse to move forward with those little cosmetic procedures that you mentioned.

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