September 6, 2011

Teeth Tell Tales

My teeth ;B
Teeth are the window to the... something. Ha. I don't really know what, but I feel like you can tell a lot about a person by just looking at their teeth. (I will only speak for the part of the hemisphere I live in because I know dental care is a luxury and impossible to reach in other parts of the world.)

I was in third grade when I received my first set of braces. With a finger-wide gap in my two front teeth--caused by my finger-sucking addiction (CHILDHOOD WAS STRESSFUL, OK.)--my Orthodontist at the time, placed brackets onto my teeth. A couple months later, he realized that he wanted to wait for my wisdom teeth to drop, so he took all of the braces off but left a few on my top four teeth. He figured, while he waited, he'd work on closing the wide gap in my two front choppers.

Skip ahead to five years later; I'm in 8th grade. I get a new Orthodontist and he tells me I need to a.) REMOVE MY WISDOM TEETH IMMEDIATELY (!!) b.) get braces on all of my teeth. During this time I became obsessed with my teeth; flossing and brushing twice a day. Jump ahead to the end of my sophomore year of high school and I'm finally getting my braces off for good!! I was so happy that the seven year braces saga was over. And even though I no longer had braces, I still maintained my OCD teeth cleaning habits. I also wore my retainer at night--every night. I waited so long to have my perfect teeth and I wanted them to remain perfect... and they were. In my eyes at least. But tragedy broke last summer.

My retainer broke and I have never gone back to the Orthodontist to get a new one. I never had time and now I don't even know if my Orthodontist still exists. It's been almost six years since I've seen him and I'm sure he doesn't remember me. That aside, the gap in my two front teeth is coming back and I've got pain in my jaw that I think is TMJ (read: hypochondriac). I'm also really worried about how much a new retainer will cost. My teeth have shifted so much that I wonder if I'll need to get temporary braces or something. On the other hand, I'm learning to accept the new gap that has introduced itself to my entire mouth.

And as silly as it sounds, I stand by the title of this post. Teeth tell tales. From happiness to that time you chipped your tooth and etc, your teeth have got a story to share. I think my teeth tell a tale of a girl who's a perfectionist, but realizes not everything can be perfect. What tale do your teeth tell?

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