There's nothing like a first impression … or a second, or third, or whatever it takes to make a good one!
I make retainers for peoples mouths. They need to fit. The problem is, no matter how talented I am or how meticulous I work, the quality of the final product cannot be better than the quality of the model provided. In other words, if someone else does inferior work, my work will inevitably be inferior and there is nothing I can do to fix it. Frustrating.
Okay, there are a few things that I can try to make the product a bit better, such as build a tooth where there wasn't one or whittle away a glob of plaster that doesn't belong, but I can only use my experience and imagination hoping that I am getting a “close” rendition of the actual mouth. It will, however, never be quite the same.
Here's what I think …
*First impressions might be poor, but it is worth the effort to try to rectify them.
*Others cannot fix our mistakes, however, they often pay for our errors and shortcomings.
*Even the best imitation is not as good as the original.
That's my sermon for today!