I don’t know about you, but I hate teeth. Not just my own teeth (though mostly) but all teeth. When I was growing up, I hated wobbly teeth and even more so, losing them. Now as a mum, I can’t stand when the kids have wobbly teeth either. To be honest, even being the Tooth Fairy is a bit of a hassle!
I’m not entirely sure what is is about teeth I don’t like, but I can tell you its EVERYTHING about them. From as young as I can remember, till now, I even have nightmares about my teeth falling out sometimes. My biggest grip with my teeth personally, is probably more my teeth and gums. I genuinely feel like they ruin ALL my pictures.
The picture above is just one of many, where I look at it and all I see is teeth and gums. Whenever I take a picture with a full on smile, afterwards I always feel like its ruined. For me, my biggest physical issue is definitely my teeth.
That said, despite not being shiny white, they are at least straight and in relatively good condition. Sadly though, my children may not have that same fate. Lily is still losing and growing her teeth so I’m not going to worry too much, but for the most part Megan is done. Her last tooth to fall out was such a stubborn brute that her new tooth started growing out too high up in the gum and we teased her about having bucky teeth. The last time we visited the dentist, she offered to give the old tooth a helping hand but I knew Megan wouldn’t really want it extracted. Instead she was set the goal to get it out before our next appointment in March. Luckily it fell out a few months ago but its probably too late for her new tooth as I doubt it will straighten out.
To be honest though, even before she got the wonky tooth, her two front teeth were becoming very uneven and the dentist had mentioned something about the way Megan swallowed and pushed her tongue against her teeth as she did. After that visit, Megan and I discussed the possibility that she’d need braces when she was older and while at first I think the idea concerned her, as time has gone on I think she’d getting adjusted to the idea.
Of course the dentist has never actually mentioned braces and I’ve told Megan that it will likely be once the dentist is sure all her new teeth have come through. After all, its not worth straightening baby teeth. She told me the other day about a boy in her class who has braces and how he can only eat a certain amount of times in a day, something about acid attacks and also how he can’t have carbonated drinks. I don’t think it worries her any more, but I also know its not something we should dwell on too much until it happens. When I was her age, I would have dreaded the idea of braces but it would have been totally based on appearance, not pain or discomfort – the metal mouth, the train tracks etc. These days there are so many options, including things like invisible braces, that appearance doesn’t even necessarily need to effected. I doubt these are available on the NHS but if I genuinely felt like it would affect her confidence, then I suppose you look into all options.
I’ve hated teeth all my life and while I’ve gotten over a lot of things due to having kids – thunder storm and spiders being just a couple – I will never get over my hatred of teeth. I really hope for the kids sake that their teeth sort themselves out as I’ll certainly not be much use helping them out myself!