Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Adventures with the Tooth Fairy (The Prequel)

I recently found some old pictures at my mom's house and boy, did I laugh. Out. Loud. Some that I found that were of particular interest were the ones that chronicled the evolution of my two front teeth.

As you know from this post and this one too, I have semi-recently had some dental work done. It's always been hard for me to explain why I was having them fixed. I would have to go all the way back to around 5th or 6th grade to begin the story. So, as I was going through those pictures at my mom's house, I realized that it would be a whole lot easier to just show you why I had it done.

Try not to laugh too loudly.

Here I am as a sweet innocent baby. Surprisingly, I was eating rice cereal at 1 week old. Not surprisingly, I was born with no teeth. (I feel ya, Jaxon)


The teeth did eventually come. Aren't baby teeth just the sweetest things?



But, alas, they are gone in a flash and in their place materialize these huge ivory tusks that our faces have to grow into. Nice.



Just about the time my face began to fit my new permanent teeth, we noticed there was a slight problem. The dentist said it could be due to the water I drank as my permanent teeth were forming. The kids at school diagnosed it as "cheeto stains". Again, nice.



To remedy the situation, my dentist told my mom that I would need to get bonding to cover up the stains. So I sat in the chair while my dentist packed white stuff onto the front of my teeth, let it harden, buffed it smooth and repeated the process several more times. This is how it turned out. [I couldn't find a picture of me right after it was done. This is several years later, in high school.]


Now keep in mind this was done around age 11 or 12. I was 36 last year when I finally had them fixed. That's roughly 24 years with the same bonding. It was stained and chipping away in places, but most of all, it made me look like a friggin' beaver.

Anyway, I got them fixed and these are the before and after shots taken by the dentist.


Of course, I made the transformation more dramatic by getting my hair cut and actually putting on makeup for the "after" shot.


I think those of you who see me on a regular basis know how happy I am with my new teeth. I love them! I love them, I love them, I love them!

Thanks, Dr. Christie!

8 comments:

Cyndi said...

love all the pictures from your past... you look great love the new you...

Anonymous said...

Pam, You will always be "beautiful" in my eyes...even with stained teeth! However, I do love the "new you"!!!
Love, Mom

Ashlee said...

They look awesome!! Wow!

High in Demand said...

I love how you can fall off the Blogville planet and then come back with such gusto that all is forgiven! :)

In that first picture you looked just like April. Then the next one you looked just like Anna!

In the last one we know why the previous post was written!

I MISS YOU!!!!!

Becky said...

man..you stole my idea!!! i really enjoyed this!!

Start World Hunger said...

you said friggin' beaver. still chuckling.

CALL ME MCKEE said...

AAAWWWW WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL YOU WERE.
THANKS FOR SHARING THE PICS.
OH YA, AND I LOVE THE TEETH. I CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY NEW TEETH. THEY WILL BE DONE AT THE END OF AUG. LOTS OF DENTAL TRIPS FOR ME IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS. WOO HOO..

trish said...

In your last two young shots, I swear we were separated at birth, I have pictures of me that look just like you- too weird.