People tell me I have a great smile.
I agree. But I can’t take credit for my smile. I owe it all to my parents and their willingness to fund years of orthodontic work.
Now, I’m not sure how much my parents paid for my braces when I was a kid, according to Cost Helper, people average paying about $5,000 for braces. I bet my parents had to pay more. Not only did I need braces to fix my excessively crooked teeth, I was born without a tooth on the bottom and needed to make room to add a fakie. Whatever it was, the running joke remains, “Mom and Dad re-mortgaged the house to pay my orthodontist.”
So, I take good care of my teeth. Or at least I try to.
One time I fell off my bike and landed on my face. I thought I was going to lose my two front teeth. I was riding along the trolley tracks in Astoria, Oregon, got caught in the groove, and flew over my handle bars. BOOM on my face.
A few weeks later, they put this sign up near where I fell: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sea-turtle/3049443478/
Unfortunately, my helmet didn’t do much to protect my mouth. My tooth went through my upper lip, gauging a hole which eventually healed, but left a small bump of scar tissue. If you’re paying attention, you can feel it when you kiss me. The day after my bike accident, I sat in the dentist chair and listened with horror at his prognosis: “Everything looks fine now, but your two front teeth could be dead, so they might turn black and fall out anytime in the next few years.”
Since my bike accident happened almost 4 years ago, I’m pretty sure my teeth are not going to turn black and fall out. Still, I’d like to find someone who is going to love me *unconditionally* before that happens….if that’s going to happen….
Because, I have this theory – if you have bad teeth, no one will love you. Unless you are British. Now, I know my theory doesn’t apply to everyone, but it applies directly to me (and pretty much all of these people who chimed in on the Plenty of Fish Smile Forum).
So much of my personal vanity is wrapped up in my teeth. Which is why I hated having a chip on my front tooth. It was a teeny, tiny chip that I’d had since high school and you could barely see it, but I wanted to get it fixed, so I went to the dentist. My dentist had to make my itty bity chip a little bit bigger to fill it. Which was fine – until the filling fell out!
Then, I had a significant chip in my front tooth! It was almost bad enough for me to want to call into work sick. But, I realized I was being vain. I decided the chip wasn’t so bad, barely noticeable from this angle, in which I accentuate the size of my nose to make the chip appear smaller:
Then, I thought I could even go as far as to feel sexy with a chip in my tooth. So, I let my hair down, unbuttoned the top of my nightgown and tried to overshadow the chip with some real bedroom eyes. I.could.work.it.
No. No I could not work it.
There was, in fact, no bedroom in my eyes and nothing sexy about the chip in my tooth. I had to get it fixed.
After a day in the office where I tried to avoid smiling at and talking to all of my coworkers (something I found much more difficult that I thought it would be), I had an appointment to get the chip fixed.
First thing this morning, I drove to the dentist. The tooth was a little sore, so she numbed me up and went to work fixing it. I was so impressed with how great it looked afterwards that I snapped a quick picture on my phone.
But, now the numbness is gone, the nightie is back and my smile is fully operational once more!
Which is good because I smile a lot. It is the number one tip for effective flirting, after all.