“My daughter started kindergarten this fall,” Alva said. “They did an assignment where they were supposed to draw a picture of their happy family. So when then teacher saw my daughter’s picture, she asked her “Why does your Mommy have her hand over her face?” and my daughter said, “That’s how my Mommy smiles.”” Alva shook her head. “I realized I had to do something about my smile.”
Alva’s teeth were healthy, but they were not positioned in such as way as to create an attractive smile. Some of her teeth were too close together, while there were wide spaces between some of her other teeth. Overall, her teeth weren’t as white as they could be – even though she’d given up smoking many years ago – and she’d gotten into the habit of hiding her smile behind her hand.
“I read about cosmetic dentistry online, and looked around to see who practiced these services near Quincy, MA, where I live,” Alva explained. Not all dentists offer cosmetic services, so it’s important to do your research. There are a number of dental procedures that are considered cosmetic, including veneers, whitening services, and the use of braces to correct appearance rather than one’s ability to bite and chew food successfully.
The first step in the process was meeting with a dentist for a consultation. “I knew what I wanted to have happen – a pretty smile I wasn’t ashamed of – but I didn’t know what was involved in getting there. And I was worried about how painful the procedures might be.” Alva was pleased that her Quincy dentist could take the time to explain all of her options to her, including a realistic assessment of how long it took to see results, how discomfort could be managed, and what the costs would be.
“I went home and talked to my family about it,” Alva said. “We decided together it would be a good move for me to have my teeth fixed, and now, I’m so glad I did!” She pulled out her phone to show a selfie of herself smiling with her daughter. “You see? No hands!”