So you’re probably wondering the relevance of me boring you with my semi-sob story, of growing up as a tubby half Asian DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) in South Africa. The reason being, I’ve always lacked self-confidence in my appearance and mainly my teeth. Pairing that with zero self-esteem, it was a tough adolescent time. At 18 I returned to the British Mother Land. I went to see an Orthodontist and he told me braces weren’t necessary and if I got braces. “She will lose her voluptuous lips” (said the creepy inappropriate heavy breathing dentist). Anyway, I was gutted. I couldn’t afford to pay privately and this perverted dentist didn’t deem my teeth braces worthy.
So, I learnt to accept my mediocre mildly goofy smile, felt ugly in photos and cringed every time I saw one of myself. It wasn’t until the day I was on the phone at work. I felt eyes burning into the side of my head. My boss suddenly blurted out, “Keeo, has anyone ever told you, you look like a horse?”. Wow…ouch, I thought. I don’t know why I let her snide remark get to me. But it did. Ironically now, she has braces…and they aren’t Invisalign 🙂
Whilst living in China I had a lot of freedom and money. I dated an American with a perfect smile which made me wince every time I looked at him. As if he wasn’t already incredibly good-looking enough, he had to have an immaculate set of pearly whites. We went on holiday to New York and I even recall his mum scrunching her face in disgust and commenting on my teeth at breakfast one day. And it was at that moment I realised…I wanted braces. I craved that perfect smile. Also the mere thought of our wedding photo’s of me sticking out like a sore thumb with my gammy teeth amongst a sea of American smiles, made me want to die inside. (Side note: We never got married and now his teeth are yellow but he’s still incredibly good looking).
So once we returned back to the mother land of Chengdu, China I booked straight in with a dentist and got the show on the road. I used ADG dental in the Lippo tower (wonderful service and decent prices for any Chengduers reading this, if you want a contact, comment and let me know).