I am an extremely happy girl today – not just because I was visiting my favourite tearoom (The Tea Cosy in the The Rocks) and hanging out with a visiting Urban Sketchers friend (the wonderful Stephanie Bower from Seattle – see below) but… drum roll please… I have my smile back!
Yes, after 3.5 years of torture, I finally got my braces taken off yesterday. There is no doubt that it has been an ordeal (just as it was when I wore them for over 3 years as a teenager!) and I have had to be patient and just live with the slow rate my teeth were moving (I was originally told I would have them for 2-2.5 years.) I haven’t shared much about what has been going on, however in summary, nearly five years ago I started a big adventure. It began with having my jaw realigned (5 month process involving a plate over my molars) and once my jaw was in the right spot, my teeth didn’t meet.
Anyway it has been tough going for the last few years, not only from the pain associated with the teeth moving, but also mouth ulcers etc especially at the end of a long day of teaching. At one stage I thought I would abandon real life teaching totally until the braces were gone. On top of that there was the difficulty associated with eating and cleaning my teeth – you have just no idea how amazing it feels now!
Smiling is a big deal for me – I love to smile whenever I can – so it’s been tough to have those ugly things in my mouth. After such a long time of my ‘braces smile,’ I am in shock as I don’t recognise my teeth – my ‘pre-braces smile’ was very different to what it is now. Who is this person smiling back at me in the mirror?
Although I am much more interested in worrying about inward beauty, there is no doubt that I often have had to push through feeling self-conscious, especially in photos and videos. But it’s been really good for me to overcome this fear in order to share and teach. My desire to help other people by sharing my ideas and sketching techniques has been so much stronger than worrying about my tin grin.
However, it was never all negative, there were certainly times of fun. To prove it, I just have to share my favourite photo with my braces smile – entitled “The Bracket Sketchers” with Luis from Portugal in Singapore.
But now… I have no excuse for not doing more selfies, vlogs or Instagram stories. Do I?
Anyway, I just had to share my little happy dance with you today!