From a young age I envisioned a smile christened by pearly white, perfectly straight teeth that glistened in the dark. I wouldn’t feel self-conscious when I smiled, and people’s comments on my ‘winning smile’ would seem authentic and genuine. I would laugh without abandon, and feel the world staring at me as I walked, oozing confidence everytime I opened my eyes. Except this wasn’t my reality and I would dream of a better smile, wishing that my teeth weren’t crooked, large and yellowish hued. Growing up (as you might know from my ‘better smile‘ post) I would feel uncomfortable when I smiled, worried that I would look goofy when I laughed and that people would poke fun at me – which they did- adding to my already very low self-esteem levels. I tried to ignore the comments, but the people around me were relentless and it became more difficult to drown out the noise that would ring in my ears, everytime that they would speak. Of course, as time went on, I began to care less about what people thought of me or the way I looked, perhaps helped by blogging which helped my confidence, but at the same time I would still wish upon a star that a winning smile would come along my way, and make me feel brand new.
I was 12 when I had braces, and my teeth were straight for six months before they became crooked again, and I lamented that I hadn’t been more vigilant about wearing my retainers, as I would have been had I worn braces today. As the years went by I explored the option of cosmetic dentistry, looking at whether veneers or invasiglin would give me the smile that I had dreamed of, all those many moons ago. Invasigilin became an attractive option for me, as it would be largely invisible, which I wanted as I didn’t want to draw attention to myself, but nevertheless there was something holding me back, and that was finances. Fixing my teeth would be costly, and it wasn’t something that I could afford when I was blogging full time, and renting in London, given that I was earning an unstable income that fluctuated each month. But still I lay in hope of a more stable future, where I could get the teeth that I had always dreamed of getting. Our reasons for wanting cosmetic dentistry can differ: for some it is because they have ‘gappy teeth’, for others they want all their teeth to be the same size and for others the change wanted is emotional as well as cosmetic, believing that a new smile will make them feel confident, sexy and happy.
While the story of my personal struggle with my smile is a narrative for another time, I did want to lay out the main reasons why I want to save up for cosmetic dentistry, now that I am working full time and am in a stable job. From having the ‘confidence to laugh naturally in photos’ without worrying how I look to brushing away my insecurities and embracing my most authentic self, here is why I want a winning smile makeover.
I Want To Embrace The Most Authentic Version Of Myself
Here’s the T, I am naturally a goofball who is laughing all the time, smiling and cracking jokes like there is no tomorrow. To the invisible eye I appear confident, carefree and bubbly, but if only they could read my mind which is constantly whirring, over analyzing everything, worried about every little thing. And while I am confident, carefree and bubbly at times, it is rare that I am able to let go fully (at least in public) and be the most authentic version of myself, all too often anxious about how others may see me, that I am not ‘conventionally attractive’ enough to be successful in the blogging industry, that nothing I ever do is ever good enough. And while I am undoubtedly a perfectionist, at the same time I have many flaws, my crooked teeth being one snag bear that dosen’t fit into my ‘stringent vision’ of perfectionism. Just like my body shape, just like my small boobs and petite stature, I have learned to love my teeth in their own way, and am clearly better at dealing with my very real insecurities about the way I look than I was five years ago. That being said I know that there is still a long way to go when it comes to loving me, for who I am aesthetically, because it doesn’t always fit into what society seems as ‘beauty’ but I have become a firm believer in ‘beauty being in the eye of the beholder’ and about learning to love ourselves just the way we are.
While I have come leaps and bounds in discovering love for myself, there is only one thing that I am adamant I want to refine, and that is my teeth. Notice how I said teeth, and not smile? Well this is because I actually like my smile, and love the way a smile lights me up with joy, and brings pure happiness into a real life setting. I want to change my teeth because I want to smile more, not just for photos, where manufactured realities have you smiling from ear to ear, but in real life too, where I am not conscious of someone noticing my teeth, where I can ‘smile’ naturally in a world outside of social media. A winning smile makeover would truly have me grinning from ear to ear.
I Want My Teeth To Match My Smile
One of the most common reasons why people will explore a winning smile makeover is to ‘enhance their appearance’ and highlight their natural features, and I am no exception. I have a distinctive smile, but how my smile ‘appears on camera’ and how it looks in real life is slightly different, being that in real life you are up close and personal with my crooked friends. Naturally we all look better on camera, but I want to have the same photogenic smile come naturally to me outside of photos too, because I don’t want every ‘captured smile’ to be a manufactured reality. But what do I mean about wanting my teeth to match my smile? Well put simply, not only do I want to be able to smile all the time without worrying about what people think of me, not only do I want a smile that makes me feel confident and sexy, but I also want a smile that matches my appearance, meaning teeth that are less ‘goofy’ and large for my mouth, and are instead small, petite and pristine. Because while I love that my personality shows that I am fun, quirky and unafraid to take the piss out of myself, if I’m going to poke fun at myself, I might as well do it with a cracking pair of gnashers.
I Want To Have A Healthier Smile
Wanting cosmetic dentistry to create a winning smile goes beyond ‘pure aesthetics’, but can also have ‘health benefits too. This is because using services like Invasigilin can make daily oral hygiene easier when straightening your teeth. This results in a risk of possible problems. Plus, correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate issues caused by an improper bite, speech, or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign addresses all of these orthodontic issues which gives you the confidence of a great smile and the increase in the liklelihood of improved oral health. And from a personal perspective, I would definitely love to have a ‘smile’ that helps me look and feel good. After all removing plaque build up, decreasing tooth decay and having a better care routine for your teeth, will enhance your smile and have a positive impact on your treatment too. As if that wasn’t reason enough, when teeth are properly aligned the gums fit more securely around the teeth, which allows for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.
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