smile! tho your teeth are aching – smile direct club: the why
I just heard that kids are being given braces for their baby/milk teeth. This is a ‘thing’ now? Teeth that are guaranteed to fall out in 3-5 years – we’re putting braces on those? If only these parents could have seen my teeth, then they’d know the promise, the ingenuity, the scope of what braces on permanent teeth can accomplish.
I was born with disgustingly British teeth. The NHS dentist we had told my mum to tie a string around my wobbly-but-recessing-back-up-into-my-gum-and-falling-off-in-flakes front tooth and yank it out – no gas and air for me! No oral surgery! A piece of twine and a door knob was my dentist. And I could still eat and talk and smile and go out in polite society – even though my teeth were on back to front and upside down and sideways. My god they were a mess. But I survived (mostly) unscathed.
Then we moved to America and got real health insurance and found an orthodontist who was more than happy to take $3,000 of my parents’ hard earned money, remove 4 of my permanent teeth, and straighten my smile. And after all that effort and time and money (and might I say a fair amount of social anxiety and being ruthlessly teased), I stopped wearing my retainer and my perfect smile regressed into an only-slightly wobbly but oh-so-tightly compacted set of pearly whites.
I can’t even remember why I stopped wearing them, to be honest – it was some time in college, when the pretty girls had invisaligns and I didn’t want to wander around the dorm at night wearing my blue glittery wire retainers. Drooling profusely and trying to pretend that yes, I totally (nope!) saw all of Sex and the City in high school and yes, I was totally (wrong again!) a Carrie. After a few years there was no way I could even begin to jam my retainers back in, and I tucked them in a memory box to be scrap-booked at a later date. And I looked ahead, to a life of imperfect teeth.
Ten years later, enter Smile Direct Club! For $1600 (ouch) and a bit of legwork myself (do your own impressions! Take your own tooth photos!), in 3-8 months I hope to have my teeth put back to where my orthodontist relocated them to when I was 13. And, now that I am paying with my own money, I promise to the tooth gods that I will wear my retainers nightly. And floss and brush twice a day yadda yadda yadda.
So far I’ve ordered the impression kit, taken my photos, made my impressions (hopefully one of the set of 2 will be accepted), and sent them back. As of a few hours ago, I have an email confirming they’ve received my completed kit and I should hear back from them within 2 weeks with a digital model and plan of attack.
I’ll try to post a video in the next few days of my experience so far, what I’ve read in reviews, and what I hope to get out of this – but in the meantime, a snippet for you to choke back tears while watching. Please don’t have nightmares.