Smile Story – Pubudu Rupasinghe
One of our own, Pubudu from our Admin team had fixed braces put on in June 2016 to straighten his teeth. After completing his treatment, he talks about the impact it has had on his life…
“I used my hand to cover my mouth every time I smiled so that no one could see them.”
Ever since I was little my teeth were really crooked. I was always ashamed to smile because I didn’t like my teeth. I used my hand to cover my mouth every time I smiled so that no one could see them. I envied people who have straight teeth and would always dream of having teeth like theirs.
I had been to many dentists in London and Milan, where I used to live and they all told me I would need expensive maxillofacial surgery, teeth removed and a very expensive course of treatment. When I started working at Aura, I spoke to David and Maggie about my options and they recommended fixed braces and something called a quad helix to help expand my jaw…no maxillofacial surgery required and no teeth removed!
I was so happy to be given an option that I could afford and would not mean breaking my jaw! I was told that having braces might be painful at times but I didn’t care because I told to myself that I was ready to do anything. I had waited so long to get my teeth fixed that if I had to bear a bit of temporary pain to relieve the emotional pain I have felt for years, I could manage with it.
“I’m not afraid anymore about the thought that other people can see my teeth and judge my smile.”
Now that I have removed my braces I’m smiling all the time, sometimes like a fool just to show my teeth! I’m not afraid anymore about the thought that other people can see my teeth and judge my smile. I also stopped using my hand to cover my mouth when I’m talking to people. I really discovered the thrill of how it feels to laugh without worrying about the fact that other people can see my smile.
I would definitely recommend braces for people looking to get their teeth straightened. Sometimes people don’t feel comfortable with what they have and fantasise about how their lives would be different if they will be able to change their smile. I had that opportunity and I will be thankful for all my life to the Aura Dental.