I remember back when I was in secondary school. I had a little acne, a really awful hairstyle and I had to go to a Conden Specialist in Singapore to get braces. I cried when I looked at my smile in the mirror with the braces on. I think pretty much every teenager feels like this. Well, at least the ones who have to get braces. However, as the months wearing the braces went on, I noticed even behind the metal framework of the braces that my teeth were getting straighter. I abhorred my smile before I got the braces. I had inherited the crooked teeth on my dad’s side of the family. Mom had straight shiny white teeth.
It was about four months into having the braces when a round of teasing at school started on me again. I was feeling a bit down about it and my mother told me a secret. She said that she also had braces when she was a young teenager. She got out a box of photographs that she had gathered over the years. They were the ones she did not want everyone to see. She said with social media how it is now, it was even more important for her to keep them hidden. I was shocked! Mom looked like I do now. The acne, bad hair and braces. However, my mom is beautiful now. She has hair that her friends envy and skin that is flawless. Her smile is brilliant white, and her teeth are perfect.
She told me that all of this would just be a memory someday. It would be old pictures hidden in a box somewhere. When I got my braces off I had already been doing the skin regimen my mother learned. My acne disappeared and healthy skin began to glow. I let my hair grow out so I could get it styled better. When my braces came off I looked like a brand new person. I was very happy with the look not carrying at all about those who teased me before.