I think that it’s safe to say that we all want to be happy, but we’re all different people with different needs and wants, so that means that we’re going to travel down different paths to arrive at our happy place. Did you see Happy Gilmore? Well, there’s a scene when the character played by Ben Stiller is stressing out and getting angry when he recalls something that an old friend told him about finding his happy place. Then, a pleasant dream scene sequence begins where the woman of his life is there holding a pitcher of beer in both hands and looking lovingly into his eyes and his grandma, who he cares about more than anything, is there playing a slot machine and winning money every time that she pulls the lever. We don’t have to discuss what happens immediately after, but what I’m saying is that everyone has a metaphorical happy place that they need to identify and learn how to get to. It’s much easier to find or build this kind of place in our minds if we’re secure in ourselves and confident that we can do anything that we set our minds to. So, anything that helps us build confidence and fortifies our self-esteem is something that we should seek in whatever moral form it comes in. As time goes on, it’s becoming more and more apparent that parents who made the decision, for whatever reason, to get their kids braces were investing in their kid’s ability to create, build and maintain healthy self-esteem.
The most confident people in the world don’t second-guess themselves, they just do what comes naturally. Well, it’s natural to want to laugh when you see or hear something funny and it’s natural to smile when something pleases you. It’s very unfortunate that many people in this world didn’t have access to orthodontic treatment at ideal times of their lives, the time after their baby teeth fell out and all of their permanent teeth were coming in and forming their smiles. This is really the only time that you can truly be proactive about the matter and nip it in the bud, so to speak, by seeing the direction that a smile is going in and heading it off at the pass and correcting its direction before it’s too late. Now, I don’t want to insinuate that it’s ever too late to do something about your smile, because it’s not. I was just saying that during the time of your life when your teeth are coming in, they can be coaxed into proper alignment more easily than after your smile has formed into its natural shape. Feeling natural is important when showing confidence, which means that your natural inclination to laugh or smile should be uninhibited if you want to be able to do it without feeling self-conscious. And, feeling self-conscious is the antithesis of confidence, so the two can’t really co-exist unless you’re just really good at constructing a convincing facade that people respond positively to. But, it’s important to note that acting in any way that isn’t natural uses valuable energy and eventually, it’s going to catch up to you.
There are no shortcuts in this life, so if you want to get to the end of it having accomplished everything that you set out to, then you’ve got to put in the work and make the right decisions. If you’re an adult who isn’t comfortable with their teeth, then your parents may not have made the right decision about your orthodontic needs because it’s apparently affecting you now. But, this is your life and although it may have been nice to not have to worry about the issues that lacking a confident smile has produced, taking ownership of your own reality is what you need to do. Adult braces aren’t what they used to be. There have been all kinds of innovations and technological advancements in the dental and orthodontic fields that have eased the literal and social pain and suffering involved with having braces as an adult. There are varying price tags for whatever it is that you might want to have done, but you’ve got to know the price of something to determine if you’re willing to do the things that are required in order to obtain/attain it. Everything in this world costs money but you should think about your teeth and your smile as an investment, and more specifically an investment that you’re making in yourself. Because like any investment, you’ve got to put money up front in order to get a return and the returns that you will surely receive from having a smile that you can stand tall and confidently behind, will surely be coming your way. So, make an investment in yourself and go find your happy place.