Two Sundays ago, my best friends Chrys and Zaira met in our house. Our emergency meeting was precipitated by my basher. They wanted me to tell them who I think my basher was, and why she took pains in creating an account just to lambast me. So after more than a month, we saw each other again!
Aside from talking about my basher over Yakisoba instant pancit canton (we always have the green variant), another reason they wanted us to meet was because they were eager to see my new curls. When I met them at the door with my not-so-new curls, they excitedly started calling me Thalia/Marimar.
So imagine their surprise and disappointment because when I opened my mouth, I was no longer Thalia/Marimar.
I was more like Betty La Fea.
Yesh guysh, thish ish my big revelation: I am now wearing bra-shes!
I was supposed to blog about this several weeks ago pa when my braces were newly…installed (installed talaga?!? Hahaha!) However, being the maarte that I am, I created a video wherein I was apologizing to people with braces whom I’ve secretly judged in my mind because their demeanors and manner of speaking bothered me. Because now that I’m already wearing braces, I get that the “sh” instead of “s” were not done deliberately just to be soshal. Unfortunately, our internet connection is so crappy that after 3 days, I still wasn’t able to upload that video on YouTube.
Many people have asked why I’m punishing myself by wearing braces. Then at my age pa. Hindi ko naman daw kailangan. But here are my reasons:
1. My crooked lower teeth
My two front lower teeth have been crooked ever since they shot up. But since they’re not really visible when I smile, my parents and I just left them alone. They didn’t really bother me. But since I’m having braces anyway, might as well correct them, too.
2. My horse-esque (aka usngal) profile – notice how much I avoid side view photos? That’s because I’m conscious of how much my upper teeth are protruding. Parang kabayo ‘pag naka-sideview.
Our family dentist in Mindanao pointed this out when I was a freshman in high school, and suggested I get braces. My parents shrugged it off, but I never forgot it. At that time, I really wanted to have braces! After all, that was the 90’s—the time when it was cool to have braces! Panahon ito nina Dingdong Dantes, Dino Guevara, Jolina Magdangal and other Ang TV stars in their braces!
Much later, I realized that I was becoming more and more usngal. My teeth always protrude in photos, and I had a gummy smile. But I was already old then, and I no longer found it cool to have braces. So I just told myself that other beautiful actresses like Eva Longoria and Blake Lively had teeth that were also protruding out.
My current dentist (whom I chose because he was highly recommended by practically everyone and because he studied esthetic dentistry in UCLA) actually told me that being a bit usngal is good for females (not for males). He said that many beauty queens also have teeth protruding out. Mine just needs a little bit of pushing backward, thanks to my nose.
I was supposed to ignore this as well, but…
3. My upper front teeth – When my wisdom tooth erupted (happened when I was already in my 30s. My gosh! Kaya pala antagal kong nagka-wisdom, LOL), one of my front teeth moved. My teeth are big, and so my mouth is crowded. That’s why one of my teeth was pushed back. I notice it’s becoming pushed back little by little, that I could see my teeth misaligned in my photos already.
Check this out:
4. I have TMJ, or tempomandibular jaw disorder – I guess this is the most valid reason because all the other reasons are for vanity’s sakes only. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, right? However, the discomfort, price and pain that come with corrective braces may not be worth it if it’s only for vanity’s sake, to be honest. Because my gosh, parusa talaga! My dentist said that wearing braces will help correct my TMJ.
My braces really made me so ugly, that even my son couldn’t hide his disgust when he first saw me in braces. He even ordered me to go back to my dentist ASAP and have my braces removed, hahaha! My braces also caused me a lot of discomfort to the point that I wanted to have them removed already. Bahala na si Batman sa TMJ, usngal at sungki kong ngipin! I am teaching this summer, and my goodness gasgas na gasgas ang dila ko because of the wires of my molar bonds! Worst of all, my dentist didn’t give me dental wax. Wala raw siyang ganun (but it seems almost all other dentists have!), huhuhu.
Tiis-tiis lang talaga. Para sa kagandahan–este, para sa TMJ recovery—paak!