Ever since I was a young girl, I have been dreaming of a better smile. The imperfect smile that I see before me would be transformed into a smile that radiated a ‘pearly white glow’ and I would no longer be hounded with memories of being ‘nicknamed Bugs Bunny’. You see growing up I would be called names and made fun of, because I didn’t have that perfect Hollywood smile and for years this affected the way I would pose in photos. I wouldn’t smile because I was worried about ‘having an imperfect smile on camera’ and would gaze in envy at the model esque types who would shimmy past me, effortlessly flawless everytime they flashed their pearly whites. I wished with all my heart that I could afford cosmetic dentistry to ‘fix my teeth’ so that I wouldn’t be haunted by the memories of childhood bullying and even today as an adult, I am still self conscious of my smile.
When I go on dates, I worry that the ‘image that they see online’ might be different to what they see in person, because I know that in reality I am ‘gawky and socially awkward’. But over time I have come to accept my imperfect smile and you might have noticed that I am starting to smile more in photos, especially ones taken in more candid shots like selfies, because I have enforced a newer, more positive mindset about life and the way that I view myself. I am never going to be a ‘conventional beauty’ but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t appreciate what I have been given. So you might be wondering as to where this leaves me in relation to the quest for a better smile? There is more to this story then you know and my journey to accepting myself for who I am and the dentistry I have had in the past, is something that I would like to chronicle further in future posts. But I will tell you this, my teeth might not be a dazzling shade of white and I might have a ‘crooked smile’ but there is always beauty in imperfection.
On the other hand, I do still struggle with overcoming my fear of being photographed or videoed, which is why you might notice that it is very rare that I will post videos of myself on Insta stories or social, because I control every aspect of how I appear online. When I am at my most happiest and laughing with complete abandon I almost shudder at the faces I pull and grimace at the fact that I am never going to be one of those people who look ‘effortless when they laugh’, but somehow I almost think that having crooked teeth, is something that still makes me self-conscious. But that’s ok, we are all entitled to our own insecurities and because my journey of positive thinking and exploring ways that I can show myself ‘self-love’ is still new, I know that there is still going to be moments where I will compare myself to others or feel self-conscious about the flaws that I do have.
For a long time I considered having cosmetic dentistry done, but unlike the ‘elites ‘ that went to my school, I didn’t have pockets lined with cash to make my dream of a better smile come true. As a child, when I was too young to know any better, I had braces fitted and a few teeth removed, (that had created overcrowding in my mouth) and was so pleased when a ‘straight, un-crooked smile’ looked back at me. But within six months, several of my teeth had become crooked once more and I became painfully shy about smiling , especially when bullies would point it out mercilessly. In a way having my teeth reverting to ‘Pre-brace Ana’ was my fault as I didn’t consistently wear the retainer and obtain the aftercare that was needed to keep my teeth straight, so on one level I do wish that I had been more responsible as a young girl. Then again everything happens for a reason and there was a moral at the end of the story; having an imperfect smile taught me to not ‘hate’ what I had been given but to be more responsible and wise about the decisions I made later in life.
Over the years I have thought about various cosmetic dentistry procedures like ‘teeth whitening’, porcelain veneers and even desired ‘invisible braces’ like invisalign, all of which I believed would help me get the better smile that I had always dreamed of having. Which is where Harley Street Clinic comes in; not only do they offer you free consultations that can determine what ‘dental work’ would be the best fit for your mouth, but they also give you a fee estimate of the time needed to achieve your dream of a better smile and even estimate all the costs, before you have your first appointment. When I was researching different dental procedures, I was most set on Invisalign, which were invisible braces that would not only include a complimentary tooth whitening procedure but would also use a 3D scan to create invisible aligners that would take you one step closer to your perfect smile. However at £1,200 + I am not in a financial position to be able to afford a ‘straight up payment’, so I have considered a more budget friendly payment option, where I could pay in monthly installments.
While I am open to other cosmetic dentistry procedures, it wasn’t until I came across Harley Street Clinic, that I realized that options like ‘porcelain veneers’ or ‘gum sculpting’ could all help me achieve a better smile too. I was drawn to porcelain veneers because it was a ‘quick dental procedure’ that would help you get ‘straight teeth’ without having to wear braces and that seemed like a very attractive concept to me I have to admit. I was worried that ‘ a quick fix treatment’ would only have temporary results, but according to my sources, I have found that 85% of patients are happier with their smiles, post veneers.
So how does it work? With you only having to go to ‘two pain free appointments’, with each appointment lasting on average for 90 minutes, the teeth are all whitened so that you have a dazzling smile in no time at all. While I am still exploring my options, I know that having a better smile will give me the confidence to smile (and laugh) a lot more in photos and videos and give me the confidence boost that I need to feel good once more. But for now, me and my ‘imperfect smile’ no longer give a f**k about what other people think, only I have the grounds to decide how I do or do not want to look. Amen.
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Please note this is a sponsored posts but all thoughts are my own. I have also been researching dental clinics prior to this sponsorship and will continue to research treatments that can help me feel less self-conscious and improve the condition of my smile.
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