Making HerStory

The Importance of a Smile

by Laura

Jessica got braces last week, and I’ve had smiles on the brain.  I had braces as a kid, and I remember how impactful it was on my approach to life.  It seems silly in a way, but having a confident smile made me more confident in almost every aspect of my life.

I had awful teeth as a kid, but I don’t remember really being bothered by them at all (I got them on in 5th grade on off in 7th, which was before most kids at the time even got them on).  As I got to high school and college, however, I noticed that people often complimented me on my smile.  It was usually a simple remark, but it made me feel ten feet tall (and for someone who is only 5’2″, that’s saying something)!

4f2f21d3-bd1e-4fb5-9387-1a153a07a130Knowing that people liked my smile gave me a reason to smile more.  And smiling more let people know I wanted to be around them, and vice versa!  It gave me the confidence to test out my leadership skills and then really refine them.  I couldn’t have done all that if I’d been off in a corner, hoping no one saw my buck teeth and overbite.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  There’s nothing wrong with having bad teeth.  But for someone like me who has a HUGE amount of insecurity by nature, having braces helped me come out of my shell and develop into the woman I am today.  I still have lots of insecurities, but over the years I’ve learned to smile my way through them.  As my dear friend from college liked to say, “Fake it ’til you make it!”

My girls inherited my (and my husband’s) bad teeth.  Two of the four now have braces.  I am so grateful that they are already happy, confident girls.  Hopefully, a perfect smile will only magnify the amazing things they will do in this world!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Leann
    November 14, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    No matter what we have to endure weather it’s braces or a break up a smile says so much about a person:)

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    Jana Hogan
    November 15, 2016 at 12:24 am

    My dad has always taught me the same thing about a nice smile. He believes they can change the world (bad teeth or straight!).

    • Reply
      Laura and Melessa
      November 15, 2016 at 1:24 am

      Exactly! The smile has much more to do with what’s inside of you than how your teeth look. If you’re happy and welcoming, people want to be with you!

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    Suzanne Roth
    November 16, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Beautiful girls with beautiful smiles ! Brian inherited his teeth from me & so on. No $$ when I was little to have braces only tooth extraction. Did eventually straighten but not til my 20’s. Had veneers applied in the Summer due to tooth erosion from years of grinding & inherited bad yellowing. Much more $$ than braces ! I am so pleased with my smile now & I smile big so what a difference. Never too late for a makeover !

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      Laura and Melessa
      November 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      I love your smile, Mom! I agree that it’s never too late for a makeover. But with or without a makeover, your love and generosity are what has always made your smile shine bright! Love you!!

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