16 February 2015

My Smile Matters

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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.
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23 comments

  1. Girl, I know the teeth feeling. I had a consultation for invisalign. Would be a great thing to do. Good luck lovely xo

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  2. I have had two as I was shopping around for prices and to firstly see how I felt about the dentist etc. Did you decide to go for it in the end? It's comforting to know that there are options out for those who are older, I wish I was still a teen as I would totally do things differently haha! Thank you :) xx

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  3. I really hope you win, although you are beautiful anyway!

    Good luck :)

    Allie x
    Rush & Teal

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  4. You're beautiful inside & out Amy but I really hope you win as you deserve to feel happy and confident! Good luck xo

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  5. Really hope you win this lovely, I know too well the pain of teeth you're not happy with!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  6. You have a beautiful smile! ^ ^


    www.thedailydollyblog.com

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  7. I know, it's a big decision isn't it x

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  8. Oh Allie, thank you so very much :) xx

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  9. Thank you Megan that means a lot! I can't imagine having a big grin on my face without being conscious of my teeth xx

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  10. Thank you Annabel. It's horrible isn't it xx

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  11. Thank you Paige, that's really kind of you :) x

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  12. I didn't even notice anything wrong with your teeth before I started reading and even after I scrolled back up I thought they looked very straight! Good luck with your entry though, if it makes you happy and confident then go for it :)

    Megan x
    London Callings

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  13. Aww your teeth are lovely. Hope you win. Invisalign looks like a really simple way of straightening teeth!
    http://www.daniellesdiscerningeye.blogspot.com/

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  14. Thank you Megan. I picked the best picture I could as my teeth really are quite cramped, if it had been a more side angle you would have seen just how bad they are. Thank you for the good luck :) x

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  15. It really does, more straight forward than more traditional methods anyway :) x

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  16. Your smile is so beautiful! I used to have braces but only for my top row of teeth and I'm so glad I did. They made such a difference. I now have a clear retainer which is similar to Invisalign but I only wear it once a week to stop my teeth going mad. Hope you win!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  17. Thank you Jordan :) Yep with Invisalign you have to wear a clear retainer too after treatment, mainly at night time I have read although that might be different for each individual. I wouldn't mind that, not for nice straight teeth anyway :) xx

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  18. I really hope you win! I know how important this can be (for example at the moment I'm obsessed with whiter teeth and I keep trying new toothpastes, silly me, but I've had braces in the past and I remember every single moment, lol) , and I really loved reading this! Always remember that you look amazing though! <3
    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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  19. I've never really found any toothpastes that help keep teeth whiter, I'm trying a black one out which is supposed to be quite good (black I know) but I can't say that I have noticed much difference. Thank you so much Gyudy, you're far too kind! xx

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  20. I think I did a great impression of sucking on a lemon! Jokes aside, thank you very much :) x

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  21. Hi, I found your blog on Twitter today and was just reading through it when I saw this post and had to comment. First off, I didn't even notice you had any irregularities in your teeth. I have been using Invisalign for almost 2 years. Like you, I didn't have braces when I was a kid, and there are few photos of me showing my teeth, ever. I had my consultation for Invisalign at 25, then had to put it off for an entire year when I lost my job (in fact, that was my very first thought when I was told I was losing my job "what about my braces?"). Invisalign is not a walk in the park (it's very tedious having to take them on and off, and constantly brushing your teeth), however it is worth it. I cannot believe the difference it's made in my teeth. Mine were FAR worse than yours - I mean truly jacked up. But I'm almost finished and I can't even believe it. I hope you do get to have them and you won't have to wear them for too long! Good luck. I'm going back to reading the rest of your posts now. :)

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  22. Hi Liz! Thank you so much for commenting, I can only apologise for not getting back to you sooner! I've had people say that to me before, I think others don't necessarily notice but it can be something you're just so aware of personally; I know I hate my smile because they cross over. It's great to hear you had so much success with Invisalign, I hope I can say the same soon too! Thank you so much for stopping by, it's always good to hear how others have found the treatment.

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