Contemplating braces

I’ve never been a huge fan of my teeth. While they don’t look horrible, they’re definitely not a perfect salesman or model smile. For starters, they’re extremely weak and it doesn’t help that I’m someone who is guilty of using my teeth to open packaging. I’ve cracked my teeth numerous times and I was genetically predisposed to having a gap in my front teeth. To help counter this I had the gaps filled by the highest rated dentist. Bayside is full of posh people with great teeth so I didn’t want to walk around with my cracked and gappy teeth.

Getting these fillings have definitely helped with my confidence as before I was someone who was always embarrassed to smile. My only concern now is my teeth in the long term. I’m worried that simply filling the gaps might not be enough. What if they wear out in the future or cause enamel issues? My dentist has also suggested that I look into getting orthodontic braces but to do so will mean that I will need to have all the fillings extracted and live with my gaps and cracked teeth for at least a year. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Part of the whole reason why I got fillings way back when was because I didn’t want braces but I am starting to think they might be the better option for me.

I’m going to go for a consultation with my dentist next week to see if I’ll be a suitable candidate for braces. My biggest concern is how that will look as a woman in my 40s. I hope if I get them, people don’t start looking at me weirdly or asking me questions about my braces. I’m a really shy person so I absolutely hate having attention drawn to me.