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    Would you pay to get a better smile?

    Join Gemma and Dr Radha on The Surgery this week to hear how important our dental health is. From getting braces (like Gemma) to whitening and veneers, do you yearn for a megawatt smile

    ?How important is a brilliant smile? Are your teeth hampering your confidence? What would you give to get a perfect grin?

    Share your stories below and join Radio 1 at 9pm on Wednesday 5th October for help and advice on boosting your smile.

    Please note: you can post on this forum anonymously.
    I had braces on my lower teeth funded by the NHS, due to a tooth in the wrong place. They worked miracles and I am so much more confident today about my smile. When I was younger I never used to smile an open smile but now that's all I do! I had the brace taken off in 2014 and had a smaller, less visible one placed behind my bottom teeth that should stay there unless I have any problems with it. When they took my brace off they also "filed" my two front teeth which I hadn't even realised weren't straight until the orthodontist mentioned it! :confused: All in all having braces has definitely made a difference to my life, but I don't think you have to have what is considered the "perfect teeth" to be confident. Everyone's smile is beautiful but if someone's not comfortable with an aspect of their teeth, then having a procedure to make them happy is great too. I actually received a voucher for teeth whitening and went in to discuss with my orthodontist. She recommended I have a tooth out (which I am having done today and am very nervous about! ) but again I'm hoping it'll be worth it

    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Dunno what veneers and artificial whitening products have to do with so-called 'dental health' tbh. looks like the bbc is running veneer industry propaganda.

    veneers involve destroying your teeth by grinding the natural, permanent enamal protective layer off and gluing a temporary fake layer over the ruins. when the fakes start to flake off you're looking at more astronomical dental bills - no options now, your natural teeth are ruined, ground off stumps.

    the late David Bowie had eyes of different colours - afaik nobody said 'David your eyes don't look perfectly symmetrical - those are unhealthy eyes and you should get some damaging superficial and temporary procedure done to improve your 'health''

    embrace your differences
    Not true, they were both blue. He had a permanently dilated pupil caused by a fight with a friend over a girl in school, causing his eyes to look different colours.

    He mentions it here at 4:54 - https://youtube.com/watch?v=LwTFW4kfHl4
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