Everyone has something about their body they would like to have fixed, right? Some have lots of niggles, some have one or two. It’s human nature to strive for perfection, it’s what make successful people successful and there’s no harm in that. And before you start hitting me with the whole ‘we should all love our bodies the way they are’ stick. I know that it can be damaging, but right now I’m on a little bit of a caterpillar type transformation, a journey to a fitter, healthier, happier me. And part of that journey is to fix a few of my niggles.
Starting with my wonky teeth. (the other one will be revealed soon)
Many, many moons ago I sat in my dentist chair as he extracted my wisdom teeth to rectify a little mild crowding at the front. A procedure I have now been informed doesn’t work. And as the years have gone on my little wonky front tooth has got worse and worse, something which happens as you age, so I’ve been told, and I’ve started to hate it with a passion. I know it’s there and it was all I could see in any photos.
Which takes me right up to where I am now, at the start of my teeth straightening journey.
It began with an assessment at a private dental centre. A quick in and out, being told I needed teeth removed at an extortionate cost. I left delated and wondering if my vanity was worth the cost of a small car? So I got a second opinion at the Exeter Dental Centre, smack bang in the middle of town.
Here’s where I realised that not all private dentists are the same. After a long telephone conversation with Mike, he talked me through what an assessment there would involved and all the different options and prices. There was no hard sell, like the previous dentists, and the decision was left totally in my hands.
When you’re considering doing something so drastic, it’s important you feel comfortable with your decision. And when I walked into the large modern reception I was immediately greeted my 2 friendly receptionists, and felt totally at ease. Even the telephone booking appointment was more like a chat with a friend.
My assessment this time was worlds apart from my previous one. I had photos taken of my teeth and every option explained to me in a way that I felt so reassured that Alex, my dentist, would be the perfect person to help me sort my smile out. (I got quite emotional at this bit too!) 14 years of wanting to straighten my teeth was in reaching distance.
So that takes me to where I am right now, the morning after the day before. The day my ceramic braces were fitted. 3 weeks after my initial appointment, I sat in the dentist chair as Alex gently fixed each bracket to my teeth and attached the wire which will pull everything into place. Half an hour of listening to the radio, knowing I was one step closer. It wasn’t in the slightest bit painful, or uncomfortable. All you feel is a gentle pressure, the strangest thing is when you first feel them on the inside of your lips.
I’ve been warned that there will be rubbing and a little pain for a couple of days as I get use to the wires and other lumpy metal bits at the back of my mouth but was sent home with a care package of wax to place over them as well and some inter denatal tooth brushes.
I’m already feeling a little more confident as in a strange way it feels better showing people I’m doing something about my wonky teeth rather than trying to constantly hide them. Pizza, apples, crusty bread and chewy sweets are off the menu for the next 12 months, but that’s no biggie. And soup, yoghurt and porridge are all that’s on the menu for a few days as I get use to the feeling of the brace.
All that leaves me to say is that for anyone who’s thinking about doing the same, find a good dental practice, ask around, get recommendations and if your within travelling distance of Devon I can seriously recommend the Exeter Dental Centre!