Two Dental Crowns At The Ripe Age Of 17I am a 17 year old female, 18 in a few months. I've never been a health freak, but have always taken good care of myself. However, I did not have the same habits I have now when I was a child. Like many children, I did not always take good care of my teeth in my early years. I had several fillings and two root canals done. Now, several years later, my dentist finds it necessary for me to have two dental crowns placed over the two teeth that had root canals. I cannot tell you how terribly depressed I am over this. I have never needed braces or anything of the sort because I have nice, straight teeth and a smile that I deem my best quality. My smile might be the single most distinctive thing about me.
Now, like any 17-18 year old female, I place great value on physical beauty and see these crowns as an inconsolable flaw. My crowns are on the upper left and upper right second bicuspids (or numbers 4 and 13), so they aren't too visible except in the corners of my smile, or when I laugh. I am trying to turn these crowns into a positive thing, to use it as a reason to take better care of myself, to get acquainted with feelings of imperfection and fading beauty, to have flaws that are solely mine to struggle with and to don. Still, although I am thankful that I have the chance to experience this, and what this experience will lead to (both the good and bad), I cannot console the depression that comes with crowns.
Has anyone else had "major" dental work done at such a young age? Please share your experiences, words of advice, or kind words of support. Thanks, everyone.