In the last 2-3 years, I’ve put up many a status about my dental woes:
I thought I was saving for my old age, but my dentist had other plans.
Am going to say my final farewell to Chintu Molar. Please pray his soul rests in peace.
Want to lose weight without dieting or working out? Get a couple of teeth extracted. Weight loss within two weeks guaranteed. Else your money back.
… But the fact is, I have much to thank my dentists and orthodontist for. As a kid, my front two teeth were humongous. And they used to jut out – worse than a squirrel’s. I used to look like the donkey in Shrek whenever I smiled. I stopped smiling. And I refused to let anyone take my pictures.
When I was in class eight, my parents took me to an orthodontist. Four teeth would have to be pulled out, he declared. “What? 4 teeth!” I squawked. That was going to hurt as hell. No way was I going to endure all that pain. I left the clinic in a flood of tears.
The next morning I went to see the orthodontist for one last time. He smiled and pointed to a red plastic strip on the table in front of me. On it were the words – BRACES ARE NOT FOREVER BUT SMILES ARE…
So I ended up getting those grotesque braces after all. And a couple of years later, I was smiling again. So as we celebrate WORLD SMILES DAY on Friday, 5th October, here’s a big cheer for all the dentists and orthodontists out there, for giving a lot of us our smiles back.
KEEP SMILING PEOPLE… LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL