Hi, my name is Laura Rowlands and I am 23 years old.
I have always hated my teeth as they were really crooked at the front and they stuck out. As a teenager I played the flute which meant I was unable to have braces. I then went on to study music at university which again, meant that I could not wear braces. I was very self conscious about the way I looked but I thought it was too late to do anything about it.
When I left university I became a primary school teacher. When I stood in front of the children I was very aware of my teeth as some of the kids even commented on how ‘ugly’ my teeth looked. I often talk to parents every night after school which became a chore as I kept thinking that all they could see was my teeth.
I discussed all of these worries with a friend who was about to start having treatment at Cleveland Orthodontics where she was getting clear braces fitted. I thought if she can have it done at the age of 22 then why can’t I. I booked an appointment and got one the very next day and I went from there. It was so quick! After my first consultation I had to have an appointment to have 2 teeth extracted. This was the most painful part of the treatment but it was over and done with at the beginning. 2 weeks later I had my clear braces fitted. You could hardly see them, even when you looked at yourself in the mirror. It did feel really weird to have them to start with and it took a bit of getting used to but no one could really see them. I had to stop eating certain foods, naturally the foods that are bad for you but on the positive side I lost 1 stone! My teeth seemed to move almost immediately and once I could see my top teeth getting straighter I was delighted.
I had the brace on for 16 months which went so quickly. The results are absolutely amazing and it is the best thing that I could have ever done. I had them taken off 6 days ago and I literally have not stopped smiling. Everyone has commented how good my teeth look, parents, staff children and friends. One of the kids in my class said that she hadn’t realised how pretty I was! It was so nice to hear all of the lovely comments and I have so much more confidence than I used to. If you are thinking of getting clear braces I would definitely go to Cleveland Orthodontics. All the staff are so friendly and helpful and they have put a smile back on my face! Thank you!