Smile they say. I have always been someone who has been afraid to smile due to the condition of teeth. To be honest, I barely like talking to people but I love people . I got pretty good at speaking to people without showing my teeth. I have cut off my face in this picture because of how disgusted the overall image of myself.
In Jan/Feb 2020, I chipped a baby tooth (my canine) it was then that I discovered my adult tooth which I was told would likely never move from my childhood has in fact relocated and is now relatively close to my front teeth (see X-ray photo). Following this appointment, I spoke with my parents who revealed doctors’ decades ago also had said the location of the adult tooth initially was on that was dangerous to remove. It is still a risky surgery but at this point the tooth has to go.
Last month I finally went to get a consult to see what needs to actually get done. Fear of the worst has actively made me push myself and begin taking steps towards what I’ve always desired which is to be able to speak without being so self conscious on whether people are looking at my teeth. Step one of my journey is surgery to remove the adult tooth along with my chipped canine (which currently has a temporary mold on it). Steps following will be dentist and orthodontist work which consists of tooth implant and braces.
As the oral surgeon, orthodontist, primary dentist collaborate, I am admittedly overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. Reaching out hoping for some financial help. Being able to finally not feel self conscious that someone is looking at my teeth while we are having a conversation is priceless.
As you can see I am a talker but unfortunately my comfort is only in written form and never has translated to being in person because of the current state of my teeth.
Disclaimer- Very few family members know of my pending plans to under oral surgery and work towards corrective measures for my teeth. At present I am riddled with student loans (private and federal), other cost of living cost which truly has made me feel like this process will either not get off the ground or take longer due to lack of funds.
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