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Stupid Vain Girl

Warning - this post is filled with indulgent self pity. You may wish to come back next week.

I had my first appointment yesterday to get my front two teeth crowned. My dentist had warned me what to expect - that it would be a long appointment (an hour and a half, yuck), that he'd have to file my own teeth down to stumps, then take impressions, and then fit temporary crowns while the permanent ones are being made up. And he warned me that the temporary crowns 'aren't that great'. Those were his words.

The actual appointment wasn't too bad. It wasn't exactly my idea of a fun afternoon, but still it wasn't as bad as you might think. There was lots of drilling - they don't actually use a file to reduce your teeth to stumps, as I naively thought, just a nasty old drill. He also had to screw in a steel post to strengthen the tooth that I had the root canal surgery on, using what seemed to be an unbranded Black and Decker electric screwdriver. It wasn't nearly as much fun as the root canal surgery.

Anyway, after an hour and a half I made my way home, with my mouth shut tight the entire time. I had sneaked a quick peek at my compact mirror while I was waiting for the receptionist to set up my next appointment, and wished I hadn't. My gums were all swollen and everything just looked a bit nasty. The temporary crowns looked horrendous. I figured it must be because I was literally just out the chair, and that by the time I got home it wouldn't look so bad.

I got home. I looked in the mirror. And it was just as bad. In fact, it was worse. The crowns looked worse than I remembered. They stick out like a sore thumb. They're plastic, to begin with, so they look completely different from my own teeth. They're also a different colour and shape to all my other teeth.* They just look hideous. I was prepared for them not looking great but I honestly thought they couldn't be any worse than my existing teeth. How wrong I was. I would gladly have my one slightly discoloured tooth and one slightly cracked tooth back right now.

When I looked at myself in the mirror I burst into horrified tears.

The Boy was in the loo when I got home, which I was quite glad about because I didn't want anybody looking at me before I'd got a proper look at the damage. He came in to see how I was, and found, to his bemusement, a sobbing mess. I wouldn't look at him, or even turn around to face him - I just told him to leave me alone. I shut the blinds, climbed straight into bed, burrowed under the covers, and continued crying. It was all very teenagery and silly but all I could think about was that I have to look like this for the next 10 days.

You're probably thinking what a stupid vain girl I am - it's only 10 days for pete's sake, but I'm 100 times more self conscious about them than I was this time yesterday. I was paranoid enough about my teeth anyway, and I kind of thought that they couldn't look any worse - that even temporary crowns would look better than my own teeth, and that it wouldn't matter if they did because it was for a higher purpose and would be worth it. But now, after the various problems and treatment I've had, it's a bitter pill to swallow that I should look like a female Austin Powers for the next 10 days, albeit with slightly better taste in clothes. I know it'll be worth it in the end (it fucking well better be), but at the moment it feels like 3 steps back.

Stupid, vain, and overly sensitive I may be, but I'd hide under my covers for the next 10 days if I could get away with it.

#weeps#

*Thankfully. If my own teeth looked like that I'd have em all yanked out and replaced with a set of wallies.

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At 15.6.07, Blogger Drama Queen said...

Better taste in clothes than AP? Oh you do flatter yourself!

Seriously my Aunt had these done and they were terrible. Her real ones were AMAZING!!! I couldn't understand why they bothered giving temps and didn't wait for the real thing. There is a reason in there somewhere.

You will be fine sweetie. I trust they have shown you some pictures of AFTERS to put your mind at ease?

Anyway, a girl after my own heart. Something is wrong and what do I do. Head straight to bed. With biscuits.

*hugs*    



At 15.6.07, Blogger Teeny said...

Thanks mate. I'm sure the new ones will be good enough to make the Austin Powers Period worthwhile... They better be anyway!

And yes - bed and biscuits is totally the way to go.    



At 15.6.07, Blogger SpanishGoth said...

Judging by the way your day's going it will be bed, biscuit, bite OW - temps fall out.

It will work out in the end    



At 15.6.07, Blogger Cat said...

Oh dear. My own experience with the steel post/crown business wasn't very successful, but while the crown lasted, it looked a hundred times better than the temp, and I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end. That said, mine was off to the side and not visible unless I pointed it out, so I feel your pain.    



At 18.6.07, Blogger londongirl said...

Poor you! I too would retire to bed under those circumstances.

I'm sure the crowns will look fab though.    



At 23.6.07, Blogger Bluedog said...

That's a terrible story. I don't like dentists at the best of times, and I am amazed that these days they have to leave you to face your public for a while with temporary plastic bits.

You have been silent for a wee while now - you are not still under the covers are you?    



At 24.6.07, Blogger Timbo said...

All I can think is "what the hell are wallies?"    



At 25.6.07, Blogger Drama Queen said...

Rock on Bebo. Bye bye blogging

(and that seems to go for us both)

DQ X    



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