- Dec 9, 2012
Well, to begin, I'm 22 and my teeth are beyond being "fixed". The last time I went to the dentist was when I was 16 and the experience was horrible, as the dentist decided to make rude and insulting comments about my xrays and the condition of my teeth to the dental assistant, and as if that werent enough- implied my mother was a bad parent for "letting" my teeth get so bad. After reviewing the work that would need to be done (3 root canals, bridge(s), caps, etc) my parents figured that it was more than they could afford, and I lost all hope. My teeth have only gotten worse since, and so has the anxiety that I endure as a result. I dropped out of school at 17, because all I could think was "is he/she staring at my teeth". I felt unbelievably insecure, disgusting, and worthless, and I still do. I need dentures, there is no other option at this point. I've decided I've wasted too much of my life being miserable, last year I lost 100+ pounds and I want to enjoy it, even if it means getting over my dentist phobia and having false teeth...But being 22, I'm scared my friends will notice the drastic change and will be able to tell that they are dentures. I can't afford anything fancy, and I don't know how real "basic" dentures look. Anyone else young with dentures, or that got their dentures at a young age? Are you/were you happier with your appearance now that you've got them? How did you handle your friends questions? How long does it take to heal? Sorry for all of the questions, but I would like to know what I am up against, thank you.