Brace yourself for highs and lows of toothcare
A fter 11 months of treatment from Dr Margi Bansal at Smilepod in Canary Wharf, LAURA ENFIELD unleashed her new smile. Here are the seven stages she went through along the way.
Obviously. My teeth are about to be made perfectly straight and shiny and white.
No more cringing at photos of me, no more picking spinach out from the wonky gaps.
So I’ll feel like a gawky teenager for a few months. It will be worth it when my smile goes from ugly duckling to beautiful swan.
What have I done? I have a brace. A
brace! I have to wear these things for months and my mouth is dry with panic and the wires are rubbing my gums.
I can’t even console myself with a glass of red wine as it will horribly stain the brackets and make me look like even more of a weirdo.
The urge to keep my mouth shut is even stronger than it was before. No laughing, no smiling.
My braces and I have come to a truce. As long as I soothe them with lots of water they have promised not to be so mean.
I’ve also discovered the joys of the macaroni cheese from Eat – no chewing required and it is blissfully free from bright colours that could leave me with yellow mouth.
It’s only a few months and they don’t hurt anywhere near as much as I thought they would.
Why is that tooth moving like there? Surely it should be there.
They are even worse than when we started. What is my orthodontist doing in my mouth? I’m a Canary Wharf worker, I live my life by order and routine. I hate giving up control like this.
There are an awful lot of extra wires and elastic bands and things going on in there now.
My mouth could pass as Canary Wharf’s latest abstract sculpture.
I can feel my teeth moving and it is painful at times.
Things are looking much better and I even plucked up the courage to talk to my orthodontist about my concerns.
She explained what she was doing and even said she would try and correct my midlines so my smile looked more even.
My braces are coming off soon. That means more yanking around in my mouth than ever before.
What if I don’t like my teeth once they’re naked again? Will my smile actually look how I imagined it would? And will it stay straight or fall back into disarray like it did before?
I’m free! My teeth are so smooth and lovely.
They look so great. The orthodontist really did a great job. It was worth every penny and I feel so much more confident and ready to face the world.
I’m having a tiny but of sensitivity from whitening but that is easy to fix. Costs vary at Smilepod between £1,995 and £5,995, depending on the treatment and method. Monthly payment plans are available to spread the cost.