Every single time I visit the dentist there is one particular element which always makes me feel insecure. You see I always find myself face to face with a poster which highlights the beauty of straight white teeth of which every time I see it I find myself crumbling up a little inside. If there is one thing that I'm extremely self-conscious of then it is my teeth, they're not straight and they cross over and I cannot stand it. I regret not having braces as a child although they were never offered to me however in all honesty it has only been since I was around 20 that my teeth have gotten worse.
Over the three years that I have being blogging there has never been a picture of my teeth on show; that is until today. I've thought about this post and have attempted to put it up for the last few weeks but could not bring myself to do it because quite frankly the thought of my teeth on show for quite literally anybody to see makes me feel really embarrassed. The angle above is probably the kindest I could choose because my teeth really do cross over; in fact I couldn't bring myself to pop up any of the other photos because of how I feel about them. Yes they're that bad. In the past I've deleted countless photos if my teeth have been present; it's sad but it is true.
Some of you may remember that roughly around this time last year I posted all about Orthodontics (find that here) in which I explained to you that I was thinking of having Invisalign. At the time of that post I'd paid for and had a consultation (since then I've had two at two separate dentists) and was left feeling SO hopeful after both dentists had told me that I would be a suitable candidate; I don't even have to have any teeth out which was my main concern. The reason I have yet to start this treatment off my own back is purely financial, it's expensive to undergo where at the time I was having to decide whether to fund the next part of my education or to have Invsialign; sadly I couldn't and still can't do both.
Invisalign is an incredible new treatment which is different to the traditional brace method in which this treatment allows it to be almost invisible, hence the name. As well as this you can also take it out when eating at meal times which I should imagine is so useful and saves a lot of awkwardness. I've actually seen Invisalign for myself first hand which only confirmed to me more that this would be the treatment I'd one day like. During my consultation one of the dental nurses who helped me actually had it herself and to this day I honestly could not believe how clear and literally invisible it was; I would not have knew if she hadn't told me. Due to the fact that this year I will be 26 I'm incredibly reluctant to go for braces which are more visible, if I was younger I wouldn't mind at all but because of my age I would like something more discrete.
Having a perfect smile or at least straight teeth would literally mean the world to me, I know that's somewhat of a cliché but I know that my confidence suffers because of this and it has done for a long while now. On my graduation day I was so happy but I couldn't fully smile because of my teeth, in fact it was all I could think about whilst posing for pictures with my family. One day I'd love to be married (if someone will have me) and I sure do hope that come that day I will have nice straight teeth that I can be proud of. Just after Christmas I alluded to the fact that I'd like to start YouTube however I'm not going to lie, my teeth are putting me off doing so. To laugh and have fun with others without feeling self-conscious would be an amazing feeling; it would be as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
The process of Invisalign wouldn't be a miracle over night because as with anything that requires a positive result there is hard work and perseverance involved. I'd be up for that challenge and would love to share that journey with you right here on my blog. I've written this post today as it is my entry into a competition to win Invisalign treatment from Oasis Dental Care as part of their #MySmileMatters campaign. As you all know this is something that I have wanted for a very long time so I really wanted to enter.