It’s definitely not a ‘new year, new me’ thing, but I’ve finally plucked up the courage to get something done about my teeth.
While healthy, I have some very misaligned and frankly wonky teeth and it’s bothered me for years.Never had pain or even a single filling. But I have a large gap in the middle and a dentist last year told me I had some significant misalignment of my bite. It’s basically why I never smile with my mouth open and feel awful about going to the dentist.
So this afternoon, I had my first appointment of many. They took impressions of my bizarre teeth, photos of same (seeing them was looking into the Sarlacc), an x-ray and quick review of what could be done. Monday, I head to another clinic for some x-rays and then at the end of February, I’m going to have a corrective (but allegedly ‘invisible’) set of braces fitted.
Yes. A forty-something with braces. How sad.
But if it all goes to plan, by the summer I’ll be smiling a lot more and probably boring everyone with stories of my dental work. Hey, I’m writing about it here, so I’m not keeping it a secret! Part of me is braced (hah!) for lots of discomfort and pain and part of me wishes I’d done it years ago.
Then I remember what it all costs and basically, this is the first time I’ve been adult enough to prioritise this over comics, coffee and trips to Japan.
Anyway. Onwards to the summer and a smile like Tom Cruise.
God no! All I’m looking for is a slightly less wonky mouth and the ability to smile with some teeth showing.