As if wrinkles weren’t enough to contend with, another blessing that old age brings is that a lot of people find their teeth start to gravitate towards the middle and begin to cross over. And at 31, having had pretty much perfect teeth all my life, I suddenly found myself sitting in dentist Dr Rhona Eskander’s chair asking about how I could fix the two guys at the front – who were, quite frankly, getting a little too close for comfort.
For the first month of my Invisalign journey I had clear trays that popped in and out whenever I fancied and I found myself thinking: ‘Hey, this is easy!’
But then the ridges were fitted and, I’m not going to lie, the experience was pretty horrific. I’m sure I cried as I left the clinic and wondered what the hell I’d done.
Rhona was an invaluable support to me and that evening I received a Whatsapp from her, saying: ‘This is the time when most people have a mini breakdown, but trust me, you’ve got this!’ She definitely made me smile, even if it was a tad painful.
The first few weeks of having them in place were sore and I actually found that I wanted to wear my trays all the time as the ridges cut my lips. Yeah, not fun! But it got easier.
My mouth became used to the alien objects and the sores were suddenly no more. As the months went on, Invisalign buddies started popping up everywhere and I realised I was one of many, which made the process so much easier.
I learnt tricks like using denture-care pills for a thorough clean and carrying a portable electric toothbrush with me at all times (thank you Sonic Chic, you lifesavers!). Plus, as I saw friends finish their treatments with enviable results I began to get really excited.
So here I am in the present day and my smile is fixed. Was it worth it? Yes, 100 per cent! I love my teeth and I still look like me, just a little better. OK, posing for pictures wasn’t my favourite thing to do for eight months and my bank balance took a huge hit, but I’ll grin at anyone and anything these days – even bad jokes (sorry, Dad!).
I’ll grin at anyone and anything these days