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About this time last year, I stopped smiling. It's not that I didn't have anything to smile about, I was just too embarrassed to smile. It got to the point that when I did smile or laugh, I would cover my mouth with my hand because I was mortified with my teeth - even in front of my husband. I've always had a small space between my two front teeth but but the space grew larger and larger over the years and it was the only thing I would see when I looked in the mirror.
The reason the space grew larger is because I'm a tongue thruster. When I sleep at night, my tongue pushes against my front teeth (which is when most of the damage happens). When I swallow I do the same and even when I'm not talking and my mouth is resting, my tongue sits against my front teeth.
At one of my routine dental visits the question was asked what would I change about my teeth if I could. Of course my answer was the space between my two front teeth. Thankfully my lovely dentist (Doctor Davies from the Hartford Dental Group) showed me that I had a few options for a diastema closure. I could get braces, porcelain veneers, or dental composites. Braces were out of the question since they are so expensive and my son will be needing them soon. Porcelain veneers were a good option but again, so expensive. Dental composites were actually affordable even though our dental insurance did not cover it. She was actually able to do a mock up of what it would look like right then and there. I was shocked when I looked in the mirror and saw how different my smile looked. I basically had to beg her to do the dental composites because she didn't like this option for a diastema closure. Most people end up looking like they have "Chicklet" teeth but because my two front teeth were narrow, there was hope that it would turn out really well. Two months later after some additional routine dental work, whitening to my top teeth, and hours and hours sitting in the dentist chair while she worked her magic, I had a new smile.
I'm no longer afraid to smile and I'm going to make sure I do everything I can to take care of it. I've had my new smile for 5 months now and I've only forgotten to wear my nighttime retainer once. (If I don't wear the nighttime retainer, the space will eventually come back.)I bought myself a rechargeable toothbrush and to make sure my smile really sparkles, I use the new Colgate® Optic White® Express White™ Toothpaste from Walmart.
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If my teeth get stained from drinking too much coffee or tea (or wine if I'm hanging out with my girlfriends), I know that I can get that shine back in just 3 days brushing* with Colgate® Optic White® Express White™ Toothpaste because it has 2x more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient vs Optic White Sparkling Mint toothpaste!
Now that I have a smile that I can be proud of with sparkly white teeth, I can wear the darker shades of lipstick that I've loved for so long. I never wore them in the past because darker shades of lipstick draw attention to your mouth and of course your teeth.
Now I feel fully dressed because I'm wearing a smile. And it's a smile that I can be proud of thanks to my very talented dentist and Colgate® Optic White® Express White™ Toothpaste.
*For best results, use as directed for 4 weeks
If there was one thing you could change about your smile, what would it be?