Sarah Connor will soon be pleased with my teeth. Why? Because the metal got an eviction notice. Translation: I'm getting my braces off!!!!!!!!
Wait. Halt. Stop cheering.
Those exclamation points of excitement were a bit premature. See, there's a slight problem with this celebration: I'm not happy with my top front teeth. Just one top front tooth, actually. And the more I look at it, the more I think it's positioned wrong. After staring at it in the mirror for a few days, I asked some family members what they thought.
"Looks great," they said. Augh. So it's just me? It's just my eyes that think this tooth looks funky?
PhotoShop to the rescue! I'm not sure if I hoped to convince myself the tooth was okay or hoped to convince them it wasn't, but I took a picture and did some editing. First, I just "filed" the bottom edges of my front teeth to simulate what I think they'll look when the orthodontist is finished (he said he was going to file them when the braces come off, to even them up). Meh. Even with smoothed edges, that one tooth still looked *off* to me. So I played around a little—pulled the tooth down a tiny bit, turned it a tiny bit, then filed the bottom edges. Aha! Now it looks good to me.
I showed these PhotoShopped pictures to my family, thinking I'd get a consensus of opinion. I got a split vote instead. So this is where you come in.
Yeah, they're my teeth and I'm the one who's worn braces for two years and paid thousands of dollars, so I'm the one who needs to be happy with them. But maybe this tooth is positioned correctly and it's more my perception of it that's skewed. The bottom edge of the tooth is worn or chipped or maybe just deformed, making it look different than the other one anyway, so it's hard to get a sense of straight vs crooked. That's why I think opinions are varied and probably why the orthodontist, with his precise measuring and bracket placement, thinks it's good to go while I think it's... not.
So tell me what you think. Is it just me or could this tooth be better positioned? In case it's not obvious, the tooth in question is top front left (top front right from your perspective).
What my teeth looked like before the braces went on:
What my teeth look like now (left pic), along with my simulation of how I think they'll look filed (right pic):
How I think my teeth could look if the tooth is repositioned (left pic) and how they'd look after filing (right pic):
By the way, with the exception of this controversial tooth, I'm extremely pleased with how my teeth have turned out. You can't tell from that first picture what my bottom teeth looked like before, but trust me, they were a DISASTER. Now they're awesome :)