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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Smile Issue

Back in the day, I used to love smiling. These days, I do smile, but in photos, I rarely do now. It is not that I am not happy, but it is more of me being more conscious of what I look like when I smile these days. 

Image by Giulia Marotta from Pixabay

It is weird because I remember not being bothered by the fact that my front teeth protruded a little to the front and the teeth beside them are obviously positioned way behind them. I used to think that it was what made my smile unique when I was younger, so I was comfortable smiling despite it. I remember being told that I should have gotten a retainer or braces when I was in school to correct it, but we never got around to it. 

A few years ago, I noticed that I was oddly getting a lisp. I could not figure out why, so I went to the dentist and found out that my two front teeth were going to fall off soon. The explanation was that the teeth were no longer fused to the bone and the lisp was about the teeth coming loose. I could wait on them to fall off or I could have them taken off and wear dentures instead.

It was surprising and intimidating to hear that I would need to wear dentures at my age. I was scared and self-conscious about the whole concept. But I have also been the person who thinks that if it were going to happen eventually, I would like to get it over with now than prolong the agony by doing it later.

So, I did it. I had a cast of my mouth made for my dentures and then had the teeth taken off when I had the dentures ready. My gums healed fast, and I was able to wear the dentures immediately. Honestly, it was not exactly a pleasant first-time experience. I did not like how the dentures felt in my mouth, and I felt that I was speaking differently because of it. It was uncomfortable and I did not like it. 

To be fair, the dentist did a particularly good job with the dentures because when I had them on people did not notice. I have met several people who had dentures that were so obvious, so I was scared about that. Fortunately for me, that was not the case. The issue was just how it felt on me.

I did some research and I learned about flexite dentures. I immediately liked the idea and decided to get them for myself. Just for a denture with two teeth, my dentist found it odd that I was willing to spend so much for it since it is much more expensive than regular dentures. 

Flexite dentures are, as the name connotes, more flexible and easier to wear than traditional dentures. It also looks more realistic, compared to the sort of plastic feel of traditional ones. I find it easier to eat and speak with my flexites, and I love that the look on me gives me a better smile than before I had my front teeth removed. Plus, I often do not remember having them on. They are that comfortable.

Unfortunately, despite how comfortable the flexites are, the fact that I am wearing dentures still makes me feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, which is why I still find it difficult to smile with my teeth in photos. 

I know this is something I decided on and I should deal with it, but I am still struggling with it. I hope that one day, I can be comfortable enough to smile again. So, if I see you and I don’t smile with my teeth out, don’t take it against me, I am just being self-conscious about my teeth. 

One day, I will smile again. Give me time. 


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