Don’t Tell Me to Smile
The most fascinating thing about social media and other interactions with people, is that you control your image and story. The pictures you post, the way you talk about your life... it’s completely up to you to paint the picture of who you are. Even though we know the intricate details that aren’t disclosed, it’s easy to start focusing on the picture you’re painting rather than the truth.
I’m beyond grateful for the various opportunities I’ve been given to be a model or muse of sorts. Yes, I’m comfortable in front of the camera but don’t be fooled, I have my insecurities. For the longest, I hated my smile. I have some crowding on my bottom teeth that I don’t like to look at. Initially, I covered it by smiling with my mouth closed. As you can imagine, this didn’t go over well at home. Especially when my parents got my prints back from picture day. Lol
To address this issue, I trained myself to only show my top teeth when I smile. I realized l that I do in fact look happier when I show some teeth and I could do it without showing the crooked ones. It was a win win! The story would end here if there wasn’t a “but” and of course there is one coming... My trained smile worked well for photographs, but the BEST pictures were the ones of genuine laughs and other candid expressions. And in each of those photos, my crooked teeth were on display.
I’m most certain I’m the only one that really notices. That’s how this goes, we’re our worst critics. I’ve felt as if a photo was completely ruined because my crooked teeth were showing. While I’m talking mainly about pictures here, this all carries over into my day to day interactions as well. I consistently put pressure on myself to hide what I consider to be a major flaw.
Last year I finally took serious steps towards resolving this problem that I’ve been self-conscious about for years. When deciding between braces and Invisalign there weren’t many differences between the length of time for my treatment. So it boiled down to price, aesthetic and doctor. It was not the least expensive option, but, I went with Invisalign because it was more aesthetically pleasing and my treatment would be through my dental office rather than an orthodontist. I’m all for a one-stop shop and my dentist gave me all the ins and outs of my treatment and path forward.
I’m not even a week in but I’m so happy that I made this decision. Wearing the trays is a reminder that I’m taking the steps towards something I’ve wanted for years. My initial treatment should take just over six months which has me wishing I would’ve done this a long time ago. Better late than never right?! I will keep you up-to-date on my Invisalign journey and hopefully, you’ll see a new smile soon!!
My Letter of Rec: Don’t let your flaws control you. I know this is easier said than done. We have the choice to “fix” our flaws or live with them. If we choose the latter, we should make an effort to honestly let go and focus on what makes us feel good. Happiness is the ultimate goal, don’t let anything get in the way of your happiness!