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! 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 BBC Radio 1)
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