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Monday, August 22, 2011

From Glam to Geek

Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?  I guess I've always been a slow learner.  Or backwards or something just a little off.  I seem to have gone from "glam" to geek.  Not that I was ever truly glam but I certainly had all of my teeth pointing in pretty much the same direction, with no huge gaps all over my mouth.

I haven't written, for quite a while, about my journey back into braces.  It's been quite a journey and right  now it's 50/50 whether I'd do it again.  I just had an orthodontist appointment and my ortho tech asked me whether I'd do it again.  I had to answer her with an honest "I don't know..."


As most of you know from reading my blogs, I am fairly vain and my journey back into braces has been an uncomfortable experience into the realm of looking not quite put together anymore.  I would have to say, I am looking a little more than geeky in my braces.  I don't even think I looked this bad the first time around...first of all I was in fourth grade and second of all my first orthodontist didn't spread my teeth out, all cattywhompass to make more room in my mouth for my teeth.  The teeth I have know are, according to Stan, summer teeth ~ some 'er pointing this way and some 'er pointing that way.  Great...just what I always wanted ~ summer teeth!  

I may have summer teeth but a ice cold Corona Light fits in very well with the summer theme!



On the bright side, I did have the opportunity to soothe a 14 year old girl today.  She was in tears.  She had just had her braces and expander put on and was in tears because she thought she looked "soooooooo ugly."  My heart went out to her and her mom, who stood by offering words of comfort.  But I could do better ~ I could show her the journey.  I hope I put her at ease a bit ~ letting her see this whole ordeal is a big long process.  I could show this young girl how bad I looked when my gap was HUGE, the progress I have made and then I could show her the end result with Zach's perfect smile.  So, I too, had to step back and look at the big picture.  I may look completely geeky, especially with the new rubber bands I have to wear, but it's a process and the process is long, complicated and quite the experience.
I also have to remember why I started this whole dagburned process...so I don't have to deal with the pain from TMJ disorder b.s.  My reliance on motrin is nil.  I don't grind my teeth anymore.  So hopefully, when I'm 60 I won't have tiny, little, ugly nubs for teeth from grinding them away.  Guess I'm going for the geeky looking 40 year old as opposed to the toothless 60 year old.  That way I can show my kids the importance of taking care of themselves.

It's a toss up...do I wanna look geeky and hideous now or do I wanna have nubs for teeth when I'm 60?  Guess the geeky-looking, gap-toothed 40-something year old will have a leg up on a potentially toothless 60 year old!  Zach says I look completely goofy will these gaps all over the place.  Gee, thanks for the support, Zach!!  Hopefully, I'll look back on this little blip of geek-dom and be very thankful I will have many more years of going for glam once these teeth are reconfigured into some sembelance of order.

Taking care of my self...for the love of my children.

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