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Friday, August 19, 2011

Keeping it real, sweet friends.....


A precious image just for you!




What I've been going through with my dental situation is not so desirable....
I've lost one my front teeth, yes....a top front tooth!
I've been absolutely mortified.
It became loose first as my bottom tooth
kept hitting it and eventually it had to come out.

As a child I had the most amazing dental care ~
my daddy worked for Eastern airlines and we went EVERY six months!
I was fortunate enough to have braces in seventh grade to straighten
my wayward teeth ~ and I have to tell you, back then, it was AWFUL!

I can remember a particular tool that had a spring in it and the dr would pull
back the trigger and it would slam down the metal bracket around my poor tooth.

I had these braces for two and a half years.
They attempted to correct my bite as well as the crooked teeth.
Apparently, it didn't work.
SO...
here I am........
whitening my fifty year old teeth so I can now
have a new bridge that I'll be proud of.
I've not smiled showing my teeth in probably ten years so maybe this is a good thing?





Wish me luck sweet angels as the last step (almost) is this coming Wednesday ~
I just want to be able to smile again and not worry....

Thank you always for stopping by my blog ~ I love hearing from you!!!!
hugs and love,
Dawn



42 comments:

Charlene said...

Oh Dawn I LOVE the picture of Miss Lilly Elise!!! THANK YOU for sharing! You are so generous! AND GOOD LUCK AT THE DENTIST! It is never fun to go & spend $$$ in that manner but, I know you will be happy with the result. After years I too got whitening trays & a night guard. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT... but, that silly guard really helps. NOW... I don't want to sleep without it. HUGS!
Charlene

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Oh, my dear! I hope everything goes as planned and that you're happy with the results. It's surprising how much our teeth can affect our self-image and confidence...but they do. I'll be thinking about you as you go through your final steps, dear Dawn.
Wishes for a blessed weekend.
xoxo
Donna and Tag

Nelly said...

Oh you poor thing,I have been lucky with my teeth even tho I had an eye tooth removed as a teen (it gree up too high on gum as did daughter #1s which was removed too)My dad lost all his as a young fella and even swallowed one once I remember that lol Mum had her nerves damaged at a dentist in her 20s so doesnt smile big either.I smile big (as you can see in my pics) but they are not straight and its somethinG I would love to afford to have done one day.Maybe before I hit 50 in 3 years?Anyway I hope all goes well with your new ones and we get to see a big cheesy grin soon.
BTW daughter #2 had really white teeth.She occassionally uses hydrogen peroxide on hers (just dont eat fight before or after you use it.) cheaper than all that other whitening stuff.

marie said...

I'll be praying for you as you go through the final steps in this dental process. You know, I've always thought that the picture of you in your sidebar (with the closed mouth smile)is absolutely lovely! You have the sweetest smile.

Thank you for sharing so many beautiful images the past week or so...I've been away from my computer for awhile and it was such a treat to find all these adorable faces.

I can't wait to see what you do with your Jamica journal - I have a similar one I purchased at the thrift store too. I always find inspiration here!!

Poetry and Wild Roses said...

Your pictures are so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing their beauty! Love your blog :-)

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Dear Dawn,
it is never nice at the Dentist but I think you will love your new bridge.Good luck.Thank you for sharing your beuatiful images with us.
Sending hugs,
Marie

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Dawn, I'll be praying for you as you get your dental work done. I'm sure you will be happy with the results. Thanks so much for the lovely images and have a great weekend!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Leann said...

Hi Dawn

I feel for you - I just had a terrible bout with my teeth too. But like you said you're near the end of the rainbow - I can see you pot of gold now!

Leann

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhhh Dawn ~ I kind of know what you are going through ~ I have a crown on one of my top front teeth and have had to deal with that kind of stuff since I was 7 ~ I HATE the crown that I have now ~
Hugs sweet Dawn! You will be smiling soon :)
Lori

Miss Sandy said...

Oh sweet girl how awful for you! I am keeping you in my prayers as you complete this process. Can't wait to see that beautiful smile!!!!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh honey, I know just what you are going through! I've got two bridges and 75% of the rest of my mouth crowned, and the transition period was just awful. The temporary, plastic teeth that my dentist used while waiting for the final crowns whistled when I spoke. And I felt like they looked just plain weird.

But, once it was done,I was so glad. No more tooth pain, no more fear of smiling. (I was the crooked tooth person who didn't get braces as a kid) But here is one thing to remember- floss under the bridge a LOT. Or your gums will receed and you won't like that.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you during your dental work. I just had mine whitened so I could have some filling work on the front of some teeth that show. My teeth aren't completely white now, but they are soooo much better than they were. I did have to laugh, though, thinking of you missing a front tooth! (You know my tacky sense of humor!) Scott has crowns on both of his front teeth, and he lost one a while back. Sorry, but I could only laugh when he smiled. I'm bad. I'm sure when you're finished, your teeth will be beautiful and you can smile with your teeth showing again. Love you! ~~Beth~~

Petite Michelle Louise said...

being able to smile...truly "smile" is so important...not just on the inside but for all the world to see as well. i hope you will feel able to do so very soon mon amie! so sorry for your woes....

Deneen said...

I've got a similar problem. My son's dog hit my top front tooth almost knocking it out! I had to have a root canal and now it is turning dark. I have had braces put on yet again and will probably need to get a crown over the bad tooth. It is a nightmare. It had to be the front tooth! AAAAHH! I know how you feel! I hope it all goes ok!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Bless your heart!!!
I'm so sorry you've been going through all this dental drama. You are beautiful now, and I'm certain you'll be gorgeous with your new and improved smile.

XO,
Anne

Dorthe said...

Dearest Dawn- Oh I feel with you-- I have had a dark front tooth for many years...untill I saved the money to get a whole new one--- and SMILED again-thats some years ago, now- and I am so happy for the result--I am sure you will be ,too, sweetest friend.
Thankyou for those beautiful images- I love the one with the fairies.
Big hug, precius friend.
Dorthe

Rhonda said...

My sister said the same thing, while her extensive dental work was being done. I just want to smile again. It seems like an eternity while it's going on. Saying a prayer it will be over soon. xo Rhonda

Diane said...

Oh, Dear Dawn, my heart goes out to you. Dental work is always such a stressful thing. I hope all will be well soon. You already have a beautiful smile!

Hugs, Diane

Sandy said...

Reading your post took me back a few years.. My Father flew for Eastern and when they went on strike we had to move out of the country for him to get work.. (can't stay with the union and work for another airline) but your right about the dental care... I then had to get my own as an adult and it's something we just put off (?)... very nice post!
Sandy

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Oh..good luck Missy..!! I really don;t like my smile as I have a 3rd tooth from the front on missing and there's nothing behind it (also missing) to get any kind of bridge to anything..so I try NOT to smile with that side showing..Grr...

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Oh Dawn, I'm SO sorry about your tooth. I chipped my front tooth one time and didn't even want my family looking at me. I can sympathize with you. I've also conquered my dental anxiety over the years with a little help from above.

Love the sweet images you shared today. ~ Abby

Carole said...

Oh Dawn so happy you decided to write about this. Read in your previous post that you wanted to only talk Happy stuff! which is great too but we want to know that not so pretty and happy also.
I can relate I've been avoiding the dentist myself and know I will be paying for it.
Never liked smiling either since my front tooth sticks out too far. Uggh

hugs,
Carole

Carole said...

forgot to say good luck!

Leanne said...

ok, you just gave me a reason to wear my retainer more faithfully! (I took some time off while I traveled.)

Denise said...

Bless your heart.... I just went through gum surgery in order to make room for a crown... OUCH.. I hate dental work........ You will be just fine and be smiling again in no time.....

marda said...

Best of luck getting that final step done. I've been lucky with good teeth. Only had to have all 4 wisdom teeth removed when I was 18, as I had cysts form and became infected on one. So no problems with crowding etc as I got older. On the other hand, both of my boys managed to totally destroy their upper front permanent teeth when they were about 10... had to have root canals and they turned dark. My younger son had his front teeth totally done over from the work done back then, and what a transformation. (He's 30 something now) I'm sure you'll be grinning from ear to ear soon.

Sheila A. said...

So sorry about your dental problems. I just had a root canal. I spent 2 days in a very upset state, but it turned out to be a painless experience, and it took half the time that I was expecting! What a wonderful surprise! I'm so sorry for what you're going through.

aimee said...

you are too sweet to show us pictures to brighten our day when you are the one having a hard time. ill be praying for you on wed. take care.
blessings,
aimee

Lovelinest said...

I'll be thinking about you. Hopefully you will breeze through the rest of the process, and will be putting a new picture up, with a giant smile! :)=)
Thanks for the gorgeous images! Can't wait to print them!

Feathers and Flight said...

Dear Dawn;
I was a Dental Assistant for Many Years When Mark and I Were First Married. When We did Bridge Work like you are Having Done it was Like a Complete Transformation for the Patients! It is a Bit of a Pain until the have the Bridges made and Ready. Mainly with the Initial Impressions and Temporary Crowns.But it is a Very Short time in the Scheme of things and the End Result Is Absolutely Wonderful!When you go in for the Bridge Fitting Just Before they Cement it, take a Couple of Minutes to Look at it and Make any Changes in Color. If changes are Needed it only takes a Couple of Days but is worth it. They Can even add translucency on the very edge (Biting/ Incisal Edge) to give your bridge a more Natural look. Crown and Bridge Work has come a long way! Just Remember its a Very Short time in the Scheme of things and it is Sooo Worth it!I so Happy that you will be Getting Your Smile Back!
Great Big Hugs!
Jill

Feathers and Flight said...

Almost Forgot Because I was so Long Winded in the previous post..Thank you for Sharing the Lily Elsie Image and the Pleasure Ball ticket! I haven't seen this image of Lily before. So Serene. Thank You!
Hugs
Jill

Deb Plapp said...

Hi Dawn, I hope all goes well for you. I'm on the four-year plan as of now. I need four more crowns. My dentist suggested "Invisiline" braces to try to correct my bite. I'm 59, so I don't know. It's a lot of money. Best of luck! Love, Deb

Jo said...

Sweet Dawn,
I hope all your final dental work goes well. You will have to post a picture of your new smile. You will be so pleased that you will want to smile all the time, I did.
Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. They are great. I love old pics and can always find a way to use them.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will keep you in my prayers that everything goes well.

Hugs,
Jo

ThereseMarie said...

Oh, Dawn! I know how it is! I've had broken teeth and jaw trouble all of my life, even after 6 years in braces. I'm now finishing another 6 months of braces and recovering from jaw surgery 3 weeks ago. I'm a lot older than you, but I tell you it is worth it, even though I am still in a lot of pain. When we can both smile with open mouth, we will have to share photos!!! Love and best wishes to you! therese

Linda S. said...

Oh, Dawn...I'm feeling for you with the dental work being done. I desperately need to go get some work done myself, but am so afraid they will say there is no hope except for total dentures. Just dreading it, and the $$$$...forget it. Thanks for the great images, and I cannot wait to see your new smile. Take care, and I am sure you will be very happy.

Jann said...

When this is all over, you will have a gorgeous smile you can be proud of! I am thinking of you, dear Dawn . . .

Romeo said...

OMGOSH! How awful for you! I chipped a front tooth as a child and had to have it capped. You'll love this - I was sooooo afraid I was going to be in big trouble that I tried to hide it from my Mom and Dad. Can you imagine? A front tooth?!? LOL

So I feel for you - and I thought what I endured was bad. It was nothing! I'll be thinking of you and hoping all goes well so that you will have reason to smile again :)

Hoping you had a pleasant weekend despite the tooth issue!

Deborah and Romeo

Tami Hacker said...

Dear Dawn,

I can relate to your dental issues. A few years ago I went through 3.5 years of oral surgeries due to an unknown slow spreading tooth root infection that spread into my dental bone. After 9 surgeries of reconstruction with bone & tissue grafting, I finally walked away with #9 (yep, tooth smack dab in front)tooth implant and a great smile!

Here's to your beautiful smile on the outside to match the beautiful smile inside you!

Luv Creating Cards ' n' Keepsakes said...

Hi Dearest Dawn,
I do hope tht you are beginning to feel better as the days pass. It's no fun having to have work done like that. Think of how lovely you teeth will be and how great you will feel at the end of it all. Thank you for posting these beautiful images. The image of the girl asleep and dreaming would be perfect to use for an ATC swap that I'm entering in to this month which has the theme 'DREAM'? Would it be alright if I use the image? Hope to catch up for a chat soon.
Warmest best wishes,
Suey
-x-x-x-x-

Sally L. Smith said...

Oh, you poor dear. I lost a back tooth about a year ago (no replacement) and I'm still sad about the loss. I can't imagine how you must feel about this. Can't wait to see your big smile, though. You'll feel so much better then. Maybe you'll want to create more then, too. Sadness can thwart our creativity.

Kathryn Ross said...

Oh, Dawn! I just came from the dentist's chair and am catching up on blog reading - your story hits home with me. I had those very braces you describe and still will have dreams that are so vivid about being back in that ortho chair with wires being pulled - and the headgear that I had to sleep in! Now, as I celebrate 52 next week - all my teeth are crooked again. In those days, they told you to only wear your retainer for a year. I did. Everything moved as I aged. Today, you have to wear a retainer at night for the rest of your life.
I hate what they look like now, and I have to smile showing them all the time or else I look angry. Hate my photos but in what I do I am often photographed.

Losing a tooth, though, I am sure that pains you very much. May you move forward in your treatment and take joy in the wonders of dentistry today that you will be smiling - and showing teeth - very soon!

Joy!
Kathy

Vee said...

On my last visit to the dentist, I complained that I couldn't smile anymore because I was embarrassed by the appearance of my teeth. He said, "It is what it is." Needless to say, my next appointment will be with a different dentist and I'm praying that he'll be able to help me. As I've grown older, I am less tolerant of dental pain and will probably need to be knocked out. ;> Hope that you're smiling to beat the band today.

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