the "before" smile
Does anyone actually have a top 10 for getting braces? Especially at 46 years young? I do, and I thought it might be interesting to chronicle this, blessed event, for the benefit of anyone else as courageous (read:crazy),at this point in their life. I will be utilizing the new Damon System, that my orthodontist, Dr. Richard Bach of Riverhead, NY, highly recommends. It took having braces twice in my life to arrive at a dentist that recognizes the dental arch’s importance in both health and appearance: A wide palate makes for a much more attractive smile and can even improve breathing.
My braces go on this Saturday: a moment I anticipate with many different emotions. What will friends really think when they see me? Will my husband be, kind of, grossed out kissing me? Will I be in pain or at least irritated? Will I be wondering what I was thinking in 10 months, when I realize I have a year or more to go? All these questions and more will be, undoubtedly and unabashedly, shared in future posts.
By the way, I believe, with every ounce of my soul, that braces could have been prevented from the get-go had our culture still possessed the knowledge of true nutrition. I have studied the works of Dr. Weston A. Price and Sally Fallon Morell and am convinced of the validity of nutrient dense foods creating great specimens of human beings. I do not adhere to the fact that humans are supposed to be born with a palate too small to fit their teeth; that is an invention of modern foods, which do not support a healthy body or optimal palate. Dr. Bach and I do not see eye to eye on this point, but, no matter; he is a great guy and will transform this sad little duckling mouth of mine into a beautiful swan!
Now, on to the top 10! I, sadly, do not employ Paul Schaeffer to help punctuate this David Letterman style list with musical accompaniment, so just go ahead and play a drum roll in you head.
My top 10 reasons for getting braces at 46:
Number 10 As a singer, I’m very curious if a wider chamber will create a fuller sound to my voice.
Number 9 Because even though I’m speeding toward 50, faster than the cheek flappin’ guy breaking the sound barrier, I thought braces might be a helpful distraction.
Number 8 Because my mother is the most beautiful woman I know, and a wider smile would resemble hers.
Number 7 Because if they come in glow-in-the-dark, I can be a cool night light in my son’s room!
Number 6 I’d like to smile and feel really confident (about my smile)….for once in my life.
Number 5 I can only imagine what it feels like to find your bite.
Number 4 I read somewhere that a study was done on a couple of beagles that had their incisors shaved on one side of their mouths, creating a bad bite, that caused these dogs to drool, go lame, and go slightly nuts…..um…just a precaution.
Number 3 Because even at 46, I still want to look my best; my best is a bright, wide, happy smile!
Number 2 My daughter, Chloe, will be getting her braces in January: How cool…weird…cool is it that your mom’s going through it with you?
And my top 10 reason for getting braces at 46………I blog about Weston A. Price and healthy foods….well….It’s time I put my money where my mouth is!!!
Wow, I didn’t expect that to be such an emotional journey, but thanks so much for sharing it with me. Please come back to see me. Especially for the “after” pictures.