I’ve always had large teeth, the largest in my very large family. My teeth have always had their own thing going on, never too straight, never properly spaced. As I’ve gotten older, my teeth have spaced out more –– developing more of their own personality. And in a way, developing more of mine. I never really noticed it until my best friend said somethings years ago when I contemplated braces. “I LOVE your teeth!” she exclaimed. It kind of stopped me in my tracks. Prior to that, conversations regarding my teeth remained with my mother, who insists I have my father’s grill. But teeth as a beauty trademark never came to mind.
As the years have gone by, gap teeth and quirky teeth in general have been more widely accepted. Models with a gap grace the covers of magazines, and teeth are no longer hidden behind awkward smiles. Recently, when seeing my dentist, we talked about my teeth in a more cosmetic form. Again, I contemplated braces. Now as an adult with two children, it finally felt like the right thing to do. He responded confidently and reassuringly, “Your teeth are yours. They are you. I like them.”
For now, I think I’m fine with them. I often look at photos of myself and can’t imagine me without these teeth. My gap has grown, but so has my smile.
How do you feel about your teeth? Have you had braces?
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