I was a reluctant mother of the bride!
Barbara, Southey Green, S. Yorks.
My lovely daughter Thea and her amazing fiance are getting married in November. I was in a state of panic. I had found a fabulous outfit to wear. All my friends said I would look amazing. I didn’t feel I would look amazing at all. I so wanted to do my daughter proud but I felt that when it came to the wedding photos I would let her down.
All through the years I have been embarrassed, no more than embarrassed, I have been ashamed of my grey, ugly, crooked teeth. I went through all the photographs taken as a family over the years. In all the photos, without exception, I had conjured up some excuse or found a way of not smiling into the camera and revealing my horrific teeth.
I had photos of me with my mouth clenched tightly closed. I have photos of me with my hand in front of my face, flowers held in front of my face, children held up in front of my face, in fact anything to hide my teeth.
There would be no hiding place for me and my ghastly teeth in Thea’s wedding photos. I had ruined so many photographs in the past. Hiding behind my hair, hiding behind other people. I know that when the photographer says “smile please” I would just freeze.
I had arranged with a girlfriend to have our eyebrows shaped and a manicure. When I suggested lunch afterwards she said she had to get back home as she was having her teeth whitened. I didn’t take too much notice as anything to do with teeth just terrifies me. A week or so later we met up again and this time it was me who mentioned teeth. Julie’s teeth looked fabulous. I was very envious and felt even more dejected at the thought of having my photo taken. Julie is a very good friend and she casually asked me if I had ever considered having my teeth whitened. Well, I just laughed. “What good would it do”? Julie said I would be amazed the difference it would make. I was sceptical. Would it really work on my ghastly teeth? Anyway she told me to have a look at Super Star Smiles and if I wanted to have it done she would be with me to hold my hand.
I have always been so frightened of going to the dentist, I am in my fifties and haven’t been to the dentist since I was a teenager. So I had to bite the bullet. I filled in the form online and was contacted by a young lady named Juliet. I told her of my fears about the dentist and she was very reassuring that it was a painless cosmetic process.
I arranged for Juliet to come to my home about a week later, several times I had been tempted to cancel, but I stuck with it. I didn’t tell my daughter, just in case I backed out and I didn’t want to disappoint her. Julie was as good as her word and came to hold my hand. Juliet was a lovely girl and explained exactly what would happen. I told her how I had a fear of dentists so I would probably me more nervous than most of her clients. Even lying back on a table and someone opening my mouth was enough to terrify me. Having my mouth held open with a plastic thing was not pleasant for me. When Juliet started to run the laser pen over my teeth it was absolutely painless. Just a bit warm. She was very reassuring and after a few minutes I was quite relaxed.
I suppose it took about 40 minutes and by the end I was excited to see how my teeth looked. I looked in the mirror and I was truly amazed, my teeth were white not grey any more. They didn’t look nearly as crooked either. I think lying on the table and having someone do something to my teeth has given me a little courage to go and see a dentist.
After Juliet had packed up and left. Julie and I whizzed round to see my daughter, to show her the results. She was very proud of me. I think she must have been pleased to know I would look good on her big day. I tried on my wedding outfit the next day and I really felt confident with my new look. I understand that the whitening is only cosmetic and that I should go to the dentist, this has been the first step, but probably the wrong way round.
I am so looking forward to Thea’s big day. I am still a little nervous of having my photo taken but I think that is just habit. I will have to get used to smiling in photos now. I was really surprised how easy it all was and entirely pain free. It was reassuring for me to have it done in my own home. Juliet seemed very proficient at her job and she explained that Super Star Smiles use only the latest laser equipment. I had to complete a form detailing my medical history I also had to sign a consent form.
The teeth whitening I have will last about 12 to 14 months and cost me £60. I think it is very good value. I have been thinking about going to the dentist before the wedding. I have already contacted one and told them that I have a phobia of the dentist and that I had made a step by having my teeth whitened. They were very sympathetic and said that they would talk me through everything and try to get me to overcome my fears.
My daughter will make a beautiful bride and I cannot wait until her big day now. Thank you Super Star Smiles for being so helpful and understanding.
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