Taking the plunge…

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.

  1. If it’s important to you, then full speed ahead! Naked hugs!

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  2. One of my friends had hers done at 40-something. One note of interest: she chose to not wear the ‘retainer’ after having braces removed. Her teeth moved back to being quite uneven. I have worn a retainer since the early 1980s and my teeth are as straight as they managed them but for the one in front on the bottom that I knocked loose within the last 5-10 years. I should’ve gone in to have it fixed but I didn’t want to pay the money for one. Now, I sort of look at it ruefully but not enough so to fix it.

    Congrats on mouth pain!

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    1. I’m going to follow all the advice from professionals that I get. Only a few weeks to go until all the apparatus is fitted…

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  3. I had a brace as a teenager. It certainly straightened me out – pun intended.
    And on the subject of teeth I have a root canal £600 on Fri and a crown £500 to follow. You have my financial sympathies!
    JP

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    1. Ouch on multiple levels… 😱

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