Monday Notes: Seeking Perfection

I was hit by a car when I was fourteen years old. It was a Saturday. Because my father was the youth pastor, we were going to church to pick up teens for an activity. When we arrived, my then best friend stood across the street in front of the building. She yelled out my name, and without a second thought, I darted into traffic.

As the story goes, the car hit me, my body flew up in the air, and I landed on the man’s windshield.

I awoke in a Northwestern Memorial Hospital bed the next day. Aside from being unconscious and sore, I had also chipped my front tooth. Out of all the details my mother, the nurse, and best friend relayed, missing about twenty-five percent of my front tooth is what filled my eyes with tears.

Consequently, every five years, since I was fourteen, I’ve gotten a filling for just that part of my front tooth. It’s been a lifelong hassle. Some years, shading was either too off-white or not white enough, leaving that one tooth in a mismatched contrast. Other years, I didn’t have enough money to get it re-done and had to suffer the coffee stains that remained. Some years, the tooth was too short or too long.

2019

The last time I had it re-filled was 2017. Not only was the shading off, but the dentist had shaped the tooth to be facing to the right.

That’s when I decided to find a new dentist.

“If you want it to look perfect,” new dentist said, “you’ll have to get a crown. That way, it’ll be computer generated and you can get custom shading, so it’ll match your other teeth.” “Plus,” he continued, “you can’t keep getting this filled. It’s deteriorating.”

I saved my money and made my appointment for November 30th. I carefully chose this date because classes would be ending, and I would have the semester break to get used to a crown.

As I lie in the chair, I knew I’d made a bit of a mistake.

I didn’t realize the dentist had to file down most of my tooth. This is standard, so the crown will fit over it. I should’ve googled the process ahead of time.

I knew I’d have a temporary crown for three weeks, but I didn’t know it could fall off, which is exactly what happened.

Not having a front tooth was stressful. Dwight and I have been together since 1993. Last month is the first time he’d seen me without a front tooth. Hell, it was the first time I’d seen myself toothless. And let me tell you, having a little baby tooth right in the front of your mouth creates a black hole only fit for hockey players and such.

The second time it fell off, I was with a friend. Though I was embarrassed, I was grateful we were at her house and not at a public restaurant.

The third time it fell off, I was tired. I’d been so stressed about not having a tooth that I couldn’t sleep, and when I did, I awoke with a pain on the right side of my mouth from where I’d been grinding all night. So, I just left it off until my appointment arrived.

December 15th, I received the permanent crown. Let me tell you something. It’s beautiful. It’s the best tooth I’ve ever had since I was fourteen.

But it’s different. It feels like a foreign object in my mouth.

I’m a tad bit traumatized from the temporary and don’t really want to bite into anything, so it takes me twice as long to finish a meal these days. Jamie, the dental assistant, who’s become my bestie at the office has assured me it’s fine and the tooth will not fall off.

2020

I can feel a slight space between the crown and the back of my actual tooth, but again, Jamie took a picture, showed it to me, and explained that it’s fine. According to her, the dentist will not attach it to my gum line because it may cause irritation and gum disease.

This. Feels. Weird.

So, yeah. This is one of those rare times where I feel as if I’ve made a huge mistake. Instead of seeking to have the perfect tooth, I should’ve sought some level of acceptance of my imperfect smile that only I seemed to have noticed all these years.

Yep. I think that’s the lesson here.

Do you have a crown? Implants? Dentures? An area of your body you wish looked a little different? Let me know about your experience in the comments, while I adjust to this, um, new situation.

120 thoughts on “Monday Notes: Seeking Perfection

  1. Dr. K, thank God you survived that collision! I got hit by a car at relatively low speed in college, when I was riding my bike. Went flying over the front hood but miraculously I somehow tumbled just so and landed without breaking anything or banging my head. Hindsight shows the driver was clearly at fault but I was so embarrassed (?) at getting hit I got back on my bike (inexplicably not damaged) and rode wobbily off into the sunset.

    I’m humbled that you bothered to stop by my site, thank you so much. I’ve really enjoyed gradually perusing your essays from my WP reader. I particularly appreciate the blend of your scholarship and very personal insights around race, gender and relationship dynamics.

    Reading about your sometimes problematic front tooth reminded me a bit of my first crown, that I just had a couple of years ago. It took my dentist three separate visits to get it right, it was super-annoying. But nothing compared to what you’ve been through. I really empathize with the hassle and headache you’ve felt…. and now the regret about diving in and just doing the crown. You’ve got a beautiful smile so it’s easy to see why all the tooth maintenance has caused you the certain angst. On the broader, interesting question of acceptance of ourselves …. it brings to mind my recent struggles or sort of regression, as it were. I was born with only one ear, a weird congenital birth defect. I got plenty of teasing for it during childhood (I was also just a super-nerdy, pigeon toed kid with a giant hearing aid who picked his nose) things were pretty rough sometimes. But my mom was awesome and did a lot to build resilience in me. I accepted myself more the older I got and the stares bothered me less and less to the point I stopped noticing the gawking as much, once I got to be an adult mostly no one really notices, anyway. But then three or four years ago I grew my hair long and wild, past my shoulders. I finally cut it last year and it was…..WHOA. I’d forgotten what I looked like. I went through an unexpected, inexplicable very unlinear phase of self consciousness and painful re-acceptance of myself. Sometimes I think it was coincided, compounded because of normal aging issues, I’m young at heart but forty seven years and losing real elasticity 🙂 Twenty years ago a doctor unsolicited asked me if I’d ever considered a prosthetic, which really caught me off guard. I was terribly insulted at the time. My immediate reaction was “why the heck would I want a prosthetic ear? The doctor was baffled that I’d never been given the option. I was just as baffled that he’d think I’d want one. At any rate, that’s all rather uncoherent and unresolved but folded in with the question you asked of your readers. won’t leave another such long remark but thanks again for comment looking forward to reading you more, hope you’ll be back in May
    -Jason

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    1. Jason, you’re so welcome!

      That bike incident…the good ole days when we just shook everything off, huh? lol It’s funny/not funny, but I knew we were around the same age as soon as I read that!

      I’m glad you get me on the crown situation. I LOOOOOVE to smile and laugh…really big smiles and laughs lol so for my front tooth to be slightly jacked up, well…I’m glad you get what I’m saying (and thanks for the compliment).

      I feel you on the ear story. It’s like you don’t even think about it because you’re not looking at it every day. That’s how it felt with the tooth. Most of my life, if it was done right, then I didn’t think about it until it got wonky again, but this crown is different. So, yeah…it’s easy to say accept yourself or love yourself, but it’s much harder in practice.

      Soooo quick question…the prosthetic would just be for aesthetics, right? It’s not like you’d be able to hear out of it…right?

      Thank you for ALL of your kind words. I appreciate each one. No worries about the length of comment. Whatever you have to say is always welcomed here 😉 And yes…I’ll be back for sure May 3rd ❤

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      1. yeah, the prosthetic would’ve been strictly for appearance’s sake, no functional benefit. Which doesn’t diminish the potential value of something like that on a case by case basis, I understand that better, now. For people with severe deformities that are congenital or that stem from injuries in traumatic accidents, prosthetics can give them a dramatic new lease on life. Especially children. But that surgeon (he was an otolarynologist whom I was consulting about something else) had an exceedingly horrible bedside manner. it was particularly humiliating because he had a resident med student tagging along, I thought that was so thoughtless of him to put me on the spot. And I guess my being offended was worsened since at the time I had no idea options like that even existed, that was a field of medicine unknown to me.

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  2. A very insightful post. I think that as we get older we learn that these “imperfections” are just part of the story of us.
    My son chipped his tooth and has to go through the same process of filling. I think he recently got the crown but hey, he’s a young man so I’m sure he outchea trying to impress.
    Anyway, I broke a tooth near the front but you really can’t tell unless I turn all the way to the side and smile really big!
    I was like, damn that. It’s chipped and it’s probably gonna stay that way. LOL!!!

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    1. Chile, this tooth used to bother the HELL outta me. D just asked me this morning if it was okay because I hadn’t mentioned it lately lol My answer was it has settled in, but it’s legit up there with the top 3 mistakes of my life lol I definitely wouldn’t recommend it if it’s not absolutely necessary, but my teeth match now lol

      I mean he probably is, but also Lady G…it’s our FRONT tooth. That thing cannot be hidden. You gotta be really really confident (or lacking dental insurance) to rock a chipped front tooth.

      I hear you about “near the front.” If mine was near the front, I would’ve been like whatevs and kept it moving too lol

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  3. That’s tough! I (accidentally) pushed my brother into a wall when we were kids and chipped his tooth. My parents got him a crown then I think and I’ve never been aware of him having any problems with it or even knowing it was there. This was 20 or so years ago so I’m pretty impressed with that technology!

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    1. From what I understand, crowns used to last forEVER back in the day. Family members who are in their 70s are just now getting crowns from their youth replaced, so that may be why.

      But yes the technology for creating one is insane nowadays.

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  4. My hubby has a crown in a front tooth too. Over 20 years now, hasn’t fallen off and is only just recently start to wobble a bit. So eat !
    As you may remember, I have gone through hell with my teeth and it’s still not OK. However, I decided it to leave it as is for the moment and have it fixed when the C-virus is more under control. The idea of having the rest of my teeth removed during these times, nope, won’t do it.
    Besides the perfection lesson, maybe also the lesson to trust your gut instinct/feelings?
    XxX

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    1. Patty, I was wondering what happened with your teeth situation. I remember it was a couple years ago.

      Thanks for the reassurance about eating. I’ve been doing a little better but not like before.

      And I think you’re right…I should’ve gone with my gut and just left it alone 😦

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  5. I was recently traumatized by a crown, lol. It’s on a bicuspid. I’ve had it for about 10 years and getting it was awful and I have horrible dentist-phobia. So last week my worst tooth nightmare happed- I was flossing and my tooth came flying out! I had to root around under the couch to retrieve it. There was a god-awful rotten metallic smell coming off it and the tooth nub that was left was totally black! I was convinced my tooth was rotten and I’d need a root canal.
    Turns out, they have no idea why it came off and my tooth was just fine. They cleaned it up and glued it back on! So my story has a happy ending 🙂

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      1. LOL! I am still freaked out about flossing near that tooth. I forgot to add that it was on the weekend so I spent a couple days toothless, and it was so sensitive that just exposing it to AIR hurt! (like if I laughed and took a deep breath) And I cried like a baby at the dentist and begged for all the numbing and gas and it ended up not hurting at all lol.

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  6. First of all, you look beautiful! The purple is pretty on you!
    Second, I have had a temporary crown. I got right before the shutdown orders, so what was only supposed to a few weeks until the permanent crown was made and delivered to the dentist to put on my tooth ended up being three months! My dentist was shocked it lasted that long, too. I must say I was veeeeeeerrrrrry careful with it, eating only on the other side of my mouth, eating only soft foods, etc. it was on the inside of my mouth, so different than the front of my mouth like you. I can only imagine what you endured, my friend. I have had dental work on my front teeth, though. My front teeth are bonded. Not very many people know it, until now, but they are bonded. Lol I, too decided to have it on a school break back in the day just in case I need time to heal. I did. Just like you, it felt so weird in my mouth at first and when people saw me for the first time after the procedure thought something was different about me, but didn’t know what was exactly different about me. A lot of people thought I lost weight and told me I looked nice. Thanks! I’ll take it! Lol
    These days, I am still experiencing dental issues. New issues. And sadly, during this pandemic. However, I look at the bright side that I’m working remotely nowadays so it helps to heal at home without talking to anyone.
    I love my smile, so I guess I have to take care of it. You take care, too!

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    1. Thank you! That purple lipstick is one of my favs!

      And nooooo…I would’ve been a hot-COVID mess if I had that temporary at the beginning of shutdown. I think it does make a difference if it’s a front tooth. You cannot help but to scrape past that sucker, even if you’re not biting into it.

      What is bonded? I don’t think I’ve heard of that, but I feel you on the new look comments. I have a family member who has 32 implants, and coworkers said the same thing when he returned to work lol He called me up and was like well shit…did I look that bad? LOL

      And yes to working remotely. I was so happy that mask-wearing was a thing when my tooth was out for those days. Otherwise, I would’ve just become a recluse for a minute.

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      1. Guuuurl! LOL
        Masks do save lives in more ways than one, right?! Masks have become a part of my daily fashion. Why not?! And when this pandemic is behind us, I plan to have all of my masks turned into a skirt—with “KISS MY BLACK MASK” sitting pretty for all to see! Haha

        Bonding is an alternative to braces. It’s less painful, less expensive and less noticeable. My front gap kept growing as I grew and I was not going to have braces as an adult, so I chose bonding. 👍🏽

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  7. Glad the end result was worth it (at least it sounds like it was worth it). Crowns are expensive! I have a couple on my back teeth and while it was a necessary expense–unless I wanted the teeth pulled, which I didn’t–it took me several years to save up for each of them.

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    1. The jury is out on if it was worth it (and I’ll need to work on providing a clear message) lol I wouldn’t have done this if I knew the larger consequences. Having this crown is not worth it at all. And yes…I feel your pain. With my hubby’s insurance, it would’ve been thousands of dollars. When I switched to my own, it went down to hundreds. Still expensive, but not as much.

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  8. Interesting. All of this sounds traumatizing to me. I once had a dentist who casually recommended pulling my wisdom teeth. Note, only one of them had ever had a filling. It sometimes takes a bit to floss and brush, but overall, they’ve never been problematic and the very thought of yanking four of my teeth out sounded so traumatic to me that I changed dentists. Thanks for explaining the crown. I learned something new.

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    1. Girl. It is very traumatizing. Even though I’ve added humor here, I told someone recently that I’ve thought about this tooth in some way every day since 11/30/20! My advice is to always get a few opinions first and then follow your intuition.

      I’ve had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled…that was memorable as well 😒

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  9. My son has the same issue with one of his front teeth. Downhill, skateboard, tree, when he was ten…it wasn’t pretty. Twenty-five years later, he has great dental coverage but prefers the regular polishing to the crown.

    A lifetime of Vitamin D measuring in single digits has me on the way to dentures sooner than later…and I’m good with that. So much for all that Vit D therapy! 🙂

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  10. I have a crown, that came off when eating…..Bread. Not caramel, 🍞. I constantly get food stuck near that crown, I floss way more than twice a day because of it. Is what it is, unlike you it’s a lower molar. I also am missing a lower molar thanks to an incompetent dentist when I was 18 who never replaced a temporary filling, and the root died.

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  11. Oh, Katherin – let me say that I empathize with the trauma of your accident. You are lucky to have survived! I relate to it because I had a car accident when I was 21. It left me with a terrible scar on my chin (my teeth pushed through). I had plastic surgery to fix it (it was a keloid scar), but it has been with me for a long time. I see it pulling when I smile, but have had to learn to live with it.
    As far as teeth goes, what you wrote was really interesting to me. Just last year, I saw a new dentist and she recommended fillings for all the areas I showed gum recession, even on my front teeth. It sounded great and I said okay. I regret it so much. I hate how my teeth feel. They are sticky and rough and not at all like my real teeth were. I complained at my next appointment and she smoothed thing, but it still isn’t the same. I wonder how I can ever get used to it. I suspect I won’t.
    I feel like life is always throwing challenges and I must find ways to adjust. It sounds like that was your wisdom with your post. I can’t imagine what you’ve gone through having to deal with your tooth and the fixes for all those years! Glad you’ve found a good resolution!

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    1. I receive and return your empathy Judy ❤ I know you understand seeing something that others may not notice at all.

      And YES to the feel of alternate teeth! There's no way (I'm convinced) that these alternative options can ever feel like your actual tooth/teeth because they're not coming from out of your gum.

      What you've interpreted is what I intended. I really am in a phase of acceptance of a lot of things, and this is one of those. I just wished I would've accepted it like five weeks ago lol

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      1. I’m just really glad that you wrote what you did, Katherin, because I feel so alone with the struggle in my mouth. I have no choice but to accept it and it’s been annoying every single day. It seems like such a small thing and really not visible when I look in the mirror. But it feels strange and uncomfortable. I’m so grateful that you articulated what I’ve been feeling.
        I’m sorry you had to go through this too!

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      2. You’re so welcome! I’m glad you can relate, too! Talking about this with my friends and family hasn’t always been helpful because they don’t get it. So, I’m happy you know what I mean.

        I just told Dwight yesterday that I’ve thought about this tooth every single day since 11/30! That’s not how teeth are supposed to be. Trust me. It’s no small thing Judy. Eating is a big deal and should be as comfortable as possible.

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      3. Isn’t it amazing the things that we connect to with other bloggers. I haven’t talked about this much at all and I relate completely. Every single day since I have these feelings, my mouth is out of sorts. There just isn’t really a fix for it and it does seem to be a little better than it was for me in the beginning. Let’s just hope we both adjust eventually!

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  12. omg – what a post! am very very glad you’re ok, Kathy! as for teeth, mine rattle at the very thought of a teeth-cleaning lol intellectually it’s a wonder that dentists can do all these super fancy things, but emotionally is another thing. you are lovely, inside & out, dear 🙂

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  13. Quite an experience Kathy, being hit by a car and surviving the accident. I think losing a tooth from that incidence is a small price to pay. But I know right about seeking perfection, don’t we all!. I too have two missing teeth of which I have partial dentures. I have agonized about getting implants but the cost…

    Anyway, I hope you adjust well and embrace your new tooth. In my humble opinion, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel good about yourself. And thanks to dentists, who help restore our smiles. Keep smiling, girl because you a beautiful smile! 🙂

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    1. That’s what they tried to tell me when I was 14 Khaya, but I was like, ummmm but what about this tooth, though lol

      I know someone who has all 32 implants. I shudder to think about having even one, so I understand you. The cost is astronomical.

      I shall try. I agree that we should feel good about ourselves, for sure. I just think we should also maybe find ways to feel good about how we look, no matter what. That’s a feat.

      And thank you! I love to smile and laugh, so in contradiction to what I just wrote lol, that’s why this tooth has bothered me for decades.

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      1. The chicken joint is very popular because the fried chicken is amazing. It is strictly takeout and always long lines. The tooth cracked when I bit down on a tiny, hard bit of the fried flour or whatever they fry the chicken with. Hard to believe.

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  14. I should’ve sought some level of acceptance of my imperfect smile that only I seemed to have noticed all these years – this is such a powerful beautiful sentence to me. We live in so much judgment of ourselves in so many ways when really all we needed to do was find our inner joy and smile from there. I have spent my youth obsessed with how I wanted thicker hair and now I laugh at myself because I have always had it better than now. Good part is I have moved on from wanting it any different.

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  15. I have lots of crowns, all on back teeth. You’re right, they feel weird. I dislike the dental chair and wouldn’t have had them done out of anything but necessity. But I did have a tooth issue as a kid. I had a congenital space between my front teeth. When I still had my baby teeth, people thought I had lost a front tooth, it was that big. (Who has three front teeth, LOL?) My parents hoped the gap would close itself when my permanent teeth came in, but it only got worse. They didn’t want to pay for work that was purely cosmetic. Turns out I had many orthodontic issues. I got braces at 16 and while the orthodontist was at it, he went ahead and pushed the front teeth together. Other kids cried about their rubber bands and how much it hurt after an adjustment, but I never did. I was happy to be there and delighted to have a “perfect” smile after just two years. 🙂

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    1. People are so weird with their comments lol I can’t imagine asking someone if they were missing one more front tooth lol

      Thanks for sharing this story, though. My next conundrum is actually deciding to get Invisalign or not :-/

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      1. Well, sometimes yes, still, and other times no. It still feels safer to me, not to be seen if possible. Even here in California people sometimes stare at me, and I can see the confusion in their eyes, at least better than the hatred in the eyes of southerners back in MD and VA.

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  16. God some parts of this post made me laugh so hard. No implants or changed bits here but I really want a breast reduction. I went through a long phase of wanting a nose job in my teens becausw of the bump shape i have in profile (barbara streisand-esq) but I’ve fully accepted it and me and glad I never went through with surgery. Your smile was beautiful before and after.

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    1. Thaaank yoooouuu Mek! I think we were supposed to talk during this god-forsaken fiasco, but it was cancelled (maybe).

      I’m glad you’ve fully accepted yourself. I hope this includes the boob job, too!

      I also hope you were laughing in the right spots lol

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  17. I can’t even tell which tooth it is. You’ll get used to the feeling. I got permanent retainers behind my teeth just a few months ago and it feels like they’ve been there all my life 😉

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    1. Thanks Shelly! That’s been the consensus from most people, especially those who didn’t know this was a thing in the first place. In fact, I went to get a second opinion, and the 2nd dentist highly praised the first dentist’s work lol

      I had not idea a permanent retainer was something people could get. Maybe you’re right. I’ll have to settle into the new feeling. Thanks for this comment!

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  18. Thank you for sharing!!.. I just have a couple of fillings here, a few scars accumulated back in the days when I were 20 and thought I were 9 foot tall and bullet proof… 🙂 mainly, I just follow Audrey Hepburn’s advice; “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness, and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” ( Audrey Hepburn )….. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  19. Wow. I was hit by a car, too. I was ten, and they say I flew in the air and landed on the windshield and slid down to the ground. I broke my leg, or more accurately, my femur bone. I have a steel plate replacing the bone in my thigh that will be there for the rest of my life and a scar the length of my thigh where the 24 staples had been. Sometimes, with the weather changes, the steel in my leg acts up, especially during this time when it’s cold. It’s hard to explain the pain. Let’s just say some days, when it’s acting up, I can barely walk. The scar is ugly, but I don’t feel any way about it. Sometimes I forget about it until I wear shorts or a skirt and someone says, “Oh my god, what happened,” lol. 

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    1. We have so many similarities that I think we should’ve known each other when we were both home. It’s so weird.

      On another note, thank you for sharing this. I can’t imagine getting used to having a steel plate in my thigh!

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  20. I’m happy that you got what you wanted after many years of irritation, embarrassment and pain!!
    Its great having your struggles end.. You have such a beautiful smile and keep this up ❤️ Hope you have a happy and healthy life ahead!
    -Khushi

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      1. I guess we’re paying for time and skill, which is fine, but sometimes I am in and out the dentist’s in a few minutes for a check-up and it’s still expensive. We’re so relieved we don’t need any work we just hand over the card!

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  21. Your smile is beautiful in both pictures! I have quite a few crowns (not on front teeth though). A few years ago I went through the Invisalign process. Did you know your teeth move throughout your life? I didn’t. Thanks to clenching and grinding, my teeth became increasingly crooked. Invisalign fixed that, and now I wear a retainer at night to keep my teeth from becoming crooked again. At 58, I was the oldest client at the orthodontist’s very kid-themed office. LOL! It was worth it though – I’m very happy with my smile. It’s not perfect, but for 61 years old, it’s wonderful to me.

    Deb

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    1. Thank you Deb! I’m glad you shared this. I left part of my dental journey out, which is that they’ve suggested Invisalign because my bottom tooth is crooked and pushing against the front tooth and causing all types of issues. I think I may take this as a sign to go ahead and get it.

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      1. I have a crooked bottom tooth – the front two overlap slightly – and the dentist suggested having that fixed ahead of on of my top front teeth which had been bothering me since a car accident. I opted not to do anything because I’m in a new relationship and that all sounded like it would be more than I can deal with at the moment. I’ve got 3 or 4 crowns on back teeth and I’ve gotten used to them over time. Good luck

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  22. Oh 3 times would be so frustrating. Do you know, now they actually want to have imperfection in the teeth of models. All that money down the drain trying to make them perfect. Your smile looks perfect to me and lights up the page!❤️

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    1. Cindy…it was the WORST! I think I slipped into a slight situational depression for those 3 weeks. I do appreciate your comment, though.

      I don’t even wanna give my opinion about the models, except to say it’s about time.

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  23. You are a miracle=you survived and you are continuing to conquer your accident=out of that incident youhave not only learnt through that experience many lessons that helped shape your personal and professional life, but you are the recipient of a trillion dollar (s) Smile comprising perfect-flawless snow-white teeth!

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  24. You are beautiful–inside and outside! And, please don’t even get me started on the topic of dental issues. My mouth is a money pit after so many treatments, such as root canals, crowns, etc. I have one implant, and this year, I found out that I require two more. Now, I’m trying to save up for them! Once I start the procedure, I, too, will be toothless for a number of months before the work is finished. But like I tell the dentist and the office personnel, “It’s not cancer.”

    You really do have a beautiful smile and I thank you, also, for sharing your childhood story. You are a trooper, and I am grateful you are part of my imperfect blogging community that is simply the perfect spot in my life.

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    1. Thank you!

      “It’s not cancer” is a good perspective. Did you say you’re gonna be toothless for MONTHS??? I cannot imagine.

      I appreciate all of your kindness and I’m happy we’ve connected here, too ❤

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  25. I’m grateful you were able to get what you wanted. I think everyone has a choice. To live with it? Or to fix it. It can be really challenging many times. The best thing is to never regret a decision you made yourself. Enjoy the outcome. If the experience turns out negative we would be right to make it a lesson for ourselves and others and move on with life. Thanks for sharing.

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