Health and Beauty

Invisalign Auckland

I've been to the orthodontist, now I'm braced for the next 715 days

Lying back, my legs tilted up and my mouth wedged open as wide as it can go, I am suddenly filled with anxiety and dread. Next week I turn 41 and I am about to become a brace face.

As a child, one or more dentists along the way had suggested braces could be an option for my imperfect bite and wonky teeth. But I've never thought much of a perfectly straight matchy-matchy smile, so I was happy to hold on to my wonk and, what with my teeth grinding at night, I figured I'd probably fix my own munch eventually.

Some 20+ years later and here I am in the happiest orthodontist's clinic in the world, where the smiling never stops – from perfectly aligned sparking white teeth. Unfortunately, as well as my wonky smile, my mouth also held tight to two baby teeth – both pre-molars – that have finally decided their time is up.