With my un-sexy Gap Smile, People Think I am: Poor, Disadvantaged or a Meth-Head.
If you follow my blog you know I have been in dental hell. My next to front tooth crown fell out of my mouth. I call it the most expensive bite of toast in history! To compound my dental misery, I needed a re-treat on a former root canal.
My dentist made me a special bite-plate fake tooth to fill in the gap of my missing tooth while the gums heal for 4 months before I can have the implant. Since I can’t eat with the fake tooth, I don’t wear the fake often or for any long periods of time. It is very snug and I find it uncomfortable for more than 4 hours wear at a time.
What this means is I go about my day often with a gap in my smile. I am a smiley person. I smile at people all the time and my smile is toothy. Without my fake tooth in, it is not a pretty site!
Notice there is no picture showing my look. On two separate occasions I had 2 different friends actually recoil when they caught a glimpse of my gap-smile. For this reason I don’t want to present a disturbing image. Just enjoy the image of my great niece getting cranky.
When I am in the grocery store, running errands or riding my bike, I often forget to insert my fake tooth. The reaction I get from strangers is unsettling. I can make fun of myself but these strangers don’t know me or don’t remember what I look like and their reaction has been interesting if not a bit disturbing.
*I shop an upscale/organic heavy grocery store all the time and while in gap smile mode, I was given a senior citizen discount? Not asked.
*One of the baristas at a Starbucks told me the restroom was for customers only when I asked for the key. I showed my cup with a big ole un-sexy gappy smile!
*I walked into a Walgreens and as I headed to the back of the almost empty store, a code 4 was announced over their PA system. I think that code means monitor this customer!
*On a long flight my seatmate was very rude and condescending. Her attitude surprised me until I realized I was toothless.
I want people to take a second look at me. Look at all of me; my jewelry, my clothing, my demeanor. I want them to look beyond my un-sexy gap smile. I still have the same income, the same educational background and the same IQ points before my tooth was extracted.
It is a great lesson in not judging a book by its cover or in my case, the woman by her smile!