It's been a strange few days. Last weekend I suddenly became extremely self-conscious and aware of the stares I get in public due to the gap in between my front teeth, and a Facebook post where I vented my frustration prompted an interesting conversation with a very good friend.
Why am I worried about people staring at me, when I have this blog which is showing my jaw (and journey) for all to see?
When I am out and about in public, people stare. They can't help it but they just do. I have had people stare so much that I turn around and they are still looking. On one occasion the stares have led to all out laughing which was very obviously directed at me. The issue is this - they do not know I am having jaw surgery, they do not know this is all part of a larger plan and they do not know that I haven't been in a fight and had my teeth knocked out (because after all, I am quite butch). Of course I don't blame people for looking because unlike my blog there is no context, however after a while the stares make me uncomfortable. Of course the laughing to me is another matter and just plain rude, and prompted my Facebook frustration.
So there is a bit of an insight into how I am feeling and why stares in public are very different to someone reading my blog! It has definitely highlighted my coping (or lack of) mechanisms and this is something I will be working on. On a more positive note, this situation has prompted me to contact my orthodontist who has said they can put some temporary composite (the same material fillings are made from) across my front teeth which will disguise the gap. It won't look like a tooth, but I won't have a huge gaping hole either so in the short term I can get back to looking fairly normal.
Now all I need to do is wait until the upper braces are fitted and the gap starts to close...