“You’ve been waiting for this moment for 10 years” I said, swiftly followed by “I’m a bit nervous by the way”. “That’s an unusually timid voice for you” he replied, still grinning.
I picked up a leaflet from the table. “Please don’t make my teeth like this” I said pointing to a picture of some remarkably straight and gleaming gnashers. “S, that’s a ‘snap-on’ smile” he said laughing. “There’s no way yours are going to look like that”.
I noticed the absence of his white lab coat. Why wasn’t he wearing it? I wondered. Instead he was dressed all in black, as if about to embark on a dangerous mission.
We moved into the surgery. “MP, you haven’t taken any ‘before’ pictures yet!” He pulled out a large camera, and before I could even finish the sentence a variety of shots were taken of the teeth I’ve had for a few decades now…
An hour and a half later my mouth was released from it’s doughnut style hold and I could speak again. “Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for” MP said as he handed me the mirror.
I smiled into the looking glass observing my new clear braces – or are they white? I still can’t really tell. Bigger than I thought they’d be, I immediately took to the look of them like a duck to water. “I love them!” I exclaimed.
“Okay, you’ve got the number here, just call if you’ve got any questions”. “Why would I need to call?” I asked MP, suspiciously. “No, no reason. You’ll have some discomfort over the next couple of days, but after that things will settle down. Don’t eat any curry – that will stain the ‘doughnut rings’ around the braces”.
Half an hour later, I stood before the counter at Pret. “Have you had a good morning so far” I was asked by the lady serving me. I hesitated, then replied “Well, yes, I had my braces put on” and smiled at her. “Oh! I so want to do that!” she said, “But, I can’t – it’s too late, I have implants already”.
I sat down by the window and drank my probiotic blueberry yogurt through a straw feeling even more pleased with myself, whilst wondering at the same time when the pain would kick in.