You will never have a second chance to redo a first impression. As much as I would love to think a first impression is based on personality and your heart – reality is, it’s based on appearances! Even before uttering first words during an encounter, impressions have been made about the way you walk, dress and comport yourself.
I notice teeth when I first meet someone. I once had “snaggle teeth” as my husband lovingly referred to my crooked bottom teeth and 2 mini pointer fangs on top. I rarely had a large grin, ’cause I was embarrassed by my snaggle mouth. It was only as an adult I was able to get braces and now can be caught regularly showing off my pearly whites.
My husband was also subject to braces, however, he was fortunate enough to get them on as a teenager. With teeth pulled out and 6 years of braces, he has a strong appreciation for what the price of a nice smile is. At one point, there was slight overlap as to when both Mr. MWV and I had braces on – how cute! There were no emergency trips to the dentist to get a couple of young love birds unlipped locked.
Since we both have histories of terrible smiles, we have been joking for the past 13 years about saving up for our kids smiles! With our “prime” teeth genes, poor DD has little hope to end up with a work free mouth! At only 3 years old, I see two bottom teeth which are already crooked and there is some crowding as well.
As a parent of a girl (or any child for that matter) we want to protect them as much as we can from teasing, bullying and give them all the confidence in the world. I know for myself, my confidence as a youngin was diminished due to my smile. Once I received clear braces (and then had them removed) my confidence was built up. I did lots of smiling and was proud to show off my new chops! Although having clear braces was anything but fun – cut gums, elastics, trees for brushing, no nuts, candy or popcorn, and food left in my braces… I was still pleased with the outcome!
When I first heard about Invisalign, I thought it was genius! I would have loved using these during my young adult years to get those straight teeth I desired without being subject to braces! It’s not too often you see an adult with braces, so they were frequently a topic of conversation – once again making me aware of the impressions I was giving people, but now as an adult!
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