Is it Worth Getting Braces at my Age?
I’m thinking about doing something a little vain and cosmetic for myself, and I just don’t know how I feel about the process or what it says about me.
Should I get braces for my teeth? I’ve been thinking about it for ages and ages. I’ve looked at a few places around my area (this Dental Expressions place looks good, for instance), but I just don’t know if I can go through with it.
Why do I need it? Well, my teeth have always looked off. They aren’t awful, and they don’t hurt or cause any discomfort, but I just don’t like my smile. That’s what it comes down to. I see my smile in photographs, and I think it just looks bad.
In my twenties, I didn’t mind so much. I was pretty much a nobody at work, and I was too shy to go out and date much. However, I’ve managed to work my way up the job ladder now, and in the process, I’ve found a lot more confidence. Now, I need to be able to impress clients as well as people I’m attracted to. To do that, I think I need braces.
But is that too shallow? I have colleagues who have worse teeth than mine, and it doesn’t seem to hold them back. Many of them are happily married to very attractive people. Many others are well above me in our business and seem to be moving up all the time. It doesn’t seem to cross their minds to do anything about something as silly as teeth.
I’ve tried to think that way for a long time. I’ve gotten in shape and gotten my hair styled. I bought a new, high-quality and stylish wardrobe. In short, I’ve tried to adjust every other element of how I look.
All of that is great, but I can’t get over my teeth. And, with things like invisible braces out there, it seems like it would be pretty effortless to do.
But, some part of me still thinks it’s shallow, that I’m worrying about nothing and just looking for something to complain about. Maybe I just want to find a problem in my life. Or, maybe I just want an excuse for why I’m not moving up the ladder faster these days, or why I still can’t get a date most weekends.
I think, though, what really holds me back is the association I have with braces being for teenagers. When I was growing up, my family didn’t have the money to get me braces, and so I watched all those other lucky kids get braces during their awkward years and get them off just in time to start college and look good as they became adults. It just doesn’t seem like something an adult should do without good reason.
But maybe I’m just being hard on myself. I have the money, I want my teeth to look better. What’s the big deal? So, then, why am I not doing it?