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My Smile Matters

We all have things we'd like to change about ourselves. For me, it's my smile.

I was seven when I knew I needed braces. By my twelfth birthday I'd had 4 molars removed and was eagerly awaiting my first appointment with the Orthodontist. I wore metal braces for two years. It might sound strange but I loved my braces. I loved them because I knew that the end result would make me feel great about my smile.

When I was 19 I noticed my teeth were aching, had moved and were starting to overlap. Unfortunately by then there was nothing I could do. I was too old to be referred on the NHS and being a student there was no way I could afford to go private.

Since then they've continued to get worse. At my last routine check up the dentist was counting my teeth and casually mentioned "full orthodontic relapse". My heart sank and I'm ashamed to say I actually cried. I knew my teeth were wonky but somehow having it confirmed by a dental professional made it a million times worse.
I had been looking at Invisalign online for years. Invisalign are clear, removable braces. You receive a new set of aligners every two weeks which gently move your teeth into the desired position. As I work in a professional environment this would be the perfect solution for me.

I plucked up the courage to go for an Invisalign consultation and was thrilled to be told I would be an ideal candidate. I was even more excited when they told me I wouldn't need any teeth extracted! The only reason I didn't agree there and then was the cost. I had just bought a car (not out of choice, my old one died dramatically on the motorway in the pouring rain at midnight two days after Christmas) and we had just moved house. I considered every possible option. Could I take out a loan? Maybe a credit card? But sense kicked in and I realised I'd just have to put up with my knarled chompers for a few more years.

I've considered doing YouTube more times than I can count but it always comes back to the same thing. I daren't show my teeth. If you're thinking they don't look too bad that's because I chose a flattering shot and I'm not showing my bottom teeth which are far worse and still cause bouts of pain.

I've been hiding my smile for ten years and having straight teeth would give me a massive confidence boost. Dave and I are engaged and on our wedding day I'd love to smile and show my happiness rather than hide behind my hand or pull a bizarre duck face.  

I'm aware that Invisalign wouldn't change my smile overnight. It's more likely to be a couple of years actually. But that's something I'm prepared for and I know would be worth the hard work and dedication. I'd love the opportunity to share my progress with you all through this blog. And you never know, my Invisalign journey could end with a wide smile on my wedding day. 

This post is an entry to win Invisalign treatment with Oasis Dental Care as part of their #MySmileMatters campaign.

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7 comments

  1. My teeth have started to overlap again as well! I was so embarrassed when professional photos came back from my sisters wedding, since then I've been wearing a clear retainer I had from when I got my teeth whitening kit (also a massive problem for me) I hope at some point I can afford to have my teeth fixed properly x

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  2. Hi Rebecca, it can really knock your confidence can't it. I hope you're able to get treatment one day get back to your usual smiley self. Try not to let it get to you though and work those angles!

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  3. I had braces as a teen and constantly worry that they will spring back - I had those lovely bugs bunny teeth! I've made it to 29 and so far they have remained in place but I don't think I will ever not worry about them! Good on you for this post though, I know what it's like to hide your smile. I really hope you get your dream smile!

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  4. Thank you so much! I actually found it quite hard to write this post as it's generally something I make a conscience effort not to think about. When I do I get myself all flustered and upset. It's probably worse because I know what it's like to have a nice smile! You're so lucky! Although I completely understand your worries. Thank you again for your comment. It really meant a lot.

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  5. Your teeth look lovely in the photo you've shared! I had braces when I was 11/12 but didn't wear the retainer afterwards and regret it so much now as one of my front teeth steps forward a bit, people say they're still straight - it's just a confidence thing! I'd love to be able to afford something like this. But honestly, you have a gorgeous smile! x


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  6. Thank you! Tactical camera angle ;-)

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  7. I've wanted braces for the longest time as my teeth are horrible! but I have the same problem in that I need to pay for them. I'm going to save though as they have knocked my confidence so much and even meeting new people and talking to them in embarrassing! Good luck on your journey xx

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