If you didn’t know, I am actually half British. My dad moved from England to the US in the 70’s to seek greener pastures. He met my mom a little over a year after he arrived, dated for a few months, got married, and had my brother the following year. Two years after that, my mom was pregnant again and after 9 months, I was born into the world. The rest was, as they say, history.
You may be curious as to why I started this post with a background on my family. Well, I’m going to be talking about the one thing that I’ve been very conscious about ever since I was a teenager – my teeth. Growing up, I have always been teased about my teeth because they weren’t pearly white and had gaps in between. My brother was lucky because his teeth are just fine. I totally blame my misfortune on my dad’s genes. You know what they say about the British having bad teeth, right?
Anyway, my insecurity got worse when I became a teenager. Imagine liking a girl but not being able to smile at her or even open your mouth as widely as you would like when you’re talking because you’re ashamed that she might see how hideous your teeth were? Not good, right? Well, that’s exactly what I had to endure in high school. Sadly, cosmetic dental procedures weren’t as accessible to the common folk back then so even if my parents were willing to pay to get my teeth fixed, we had no idea where to go.
Let’s fast forward to about 8 years ago when I first started freelancing as a graphic artist. One of my first clients was the owner of atlantadentalveneers.org, a website about veneers in Atlanta. Back then, I didn’t exactly know what veneers were but as soon as I was done researching on the internet for the project, I knew that it was what I needed. I saw the project as the answer to my prayers because not only did it lead me to the solution to the problem with my teeth, the money I would earn would be enough for me to get porcelain veneers in Atlanta at the Atlanta Dental Veneers clinic.
It was a good thing that I was a freelancer and thanks to the internet I can work anywhere because based on my research, it would take at least 3 weeks for porcelain veneers to be done. When I finally completed the project and received my pay, I immediately started making arrangements to fly to Atlanta. I was able to get in touch with a cousin of mine who lived there and had a spare room in his apartment which he was willing to rent out to me for peanuts.
I also called the clinic and spoke with one of the dental assistants regarding my concern. He told me to email in some pictures of my teeth so the dentist can see if I was suitable for veneers. After a few emails back and forth, the dentist confirmed that I was a suitable candidate and finally agreed to give me an appointment. I was ecstatic!
Moving forward to today, it’s been almost 8 years since I got my porcelain veneers fitted and they still look like new. They did cost me a little more than I thought initially but I don’t regret getting them. They did wonders for my self-esteem and even improved my way of life because I am able to eat better than I did before I got them.