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10 Jul 2008

Skew Teeth
Dear Cybershrink,

I have very skew teeth. I am too afraid to get out there and enjoy life. My parents never bothered even though i begged them when i was a teenager,because i was constantly teased and embarissed.I have nt been to a dentist in years, because my teeth are super skew, i struggle with them getting rotten and falling out because i cant brush or floss everywhere. I resent my parents for this every day , they send my brother for braces years after i begged them and his teeth wasnt that bad!!! I am always the quiet girl in the corner too afraid to open my mouth to speak or smile, i dont make friends easily because everyoe thinks im shy and unfriendly. This is not my personality,im not shy at all around my family or closest friends, but with new peolple i quickly shy away. Im 27 now and think this has effected me more than i know. We recently moved to a small town where everyone knows everyone and i break out in the sweats if i have to meet anyone. My husband doesnt understand this but its hard for me to describe how i feel when i talk to someone for the first time and they keep staring at my teeth!! A lot of things happen in my head and as a result i hate kissing my hubby or if he whatches my mouth when i speak i get aggressive.. What can i do? Im so shy to go to a dentist and im not sure i can afford the surgery its going to take to fix it. And is surgery going to fix the pain i have on the inside of everytime someone teased me or made funny remarks at my teeth?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

So you're very troubled by your skew teeth, to the point of accepting growing damage to them, rather than to see a dentist who might be able to correct them, completely or even partly ? Its highly likely that nobody else notices your teeth or thinks about them in the way you do. But check out what a dentist could do --- and seeing a psychotherapisv/ counsellor, p[referably of the CBT type, could help heal that sense of hurt and low self-esteem that causes most of the pain.
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