I’m in braces…again…for the second time in my life. The last time was eighteen years ago when I was a teenager and having braces was considered sort of “cool” at that age.
There’s a reason you don’t see many adults parading around with braces on their teeth. Advanced technology has allowed individuals the option to replace a mouthful of wires, brackets, and a rainbow of colorful bands with Invisalign, which corrects your teeth using clear aligners that fit tightly and gradually shift your teeth into the right position and provide little to no evidence of visibility. Also I’m pretty confident someone out there considered the fact that most adults aren’t going to want to wear a mouthful of metal while verbally training their young children. Plus I’m not sure about all thirty-something year olds but I feel like once I hit thirty my body showed a few signs of aging and apparently my mouth must be drooping somewhat these days because I now have deep cuts on the inside of my lip…caused by…braces.
Originally when I scheduled the orthodontist appointment it was simply to have my retainer adjusted as my teeth showed proof it wasn’t serving its purpose. The doctor warmly greeted me, took a quick look, and much to my surprise asked how I’d feel about wearing braces. To make the idea more appealing he keenly added I wouldn’t need to wear them for long. Without speaking a word the look on my face surely gave him my answer, ‘I’m a homeschool mom and I’m poor, how am I going to afford braces…’ He must have sensed my feeling of despair because he ended up making an offer I couldn’t turn down and within minutes my top teeth were accessorized with what my children like to refer to as “train-tracks”.
Don’t get me wrong, braces or Invisalign, they’re both genius and a blessing to have, but I certainly don’t want to accompany them for too long.
What I’ve realized is that my teeth shifted even though I was wearing my retainer faithfully every night, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy the requirements of holding my teeth in place. They needed more―more orthodontic care, more solid alignment, more attention.
I can’t help but think of my faith in a similar way. My faith is in need of MORE. If I’m just rattling off a prayer without heart-felt meaning behind it then I’m just speaking empty words. If I’m attending church but not listening attentively to the lesson given then I’m just hearing broken speech. If I’m not focused while reading God’s word, then I’m not absorbing His message.
I never imagined I’d be making a parallel between teeth and faith, however the more I write and study God’s word I see how different parts of the Bible can easily apply to certain parts of life. Reality and life lessons ALL have a Bible verse or sometimes many verses they can appropriately pair up with.
For example and to stay on topic, I may currently be bummed over braces on my teeth, but Philippians 3:20-21 records that our citizenship is in Heaven and when Jesus returns He will change our weak mortal bodies into glorious bodies. In other words physical and mental ailments will be removed and exist no longer when Christ returns to take His followers home. That means broken limbs are absent, sickness is conquered, and cancer is a forgotten thing of the past.
I want my hope to lie in the truth that Jesus will return one day― He will see that my faith was shown through a commitment in following Him with passion and He will raise my body up, transforming it to resemble perfection like His own perfect resurrected body.
In the meantime, my faith needs filled by a genuine prayer life, desired church attendance, a whole lot of scripture reading, producing of good deeds, and so much MORE Jesus.
So like my faith, my teeth are comparable in the assuredness that maintenance is absolutely necessary.
Yes, being a person of healthy faith takes work and effort, but the rewards once we get to Heaven are so much MORE abundant than the misery of spending an eternity in hell…where I’m almost certain braces could be permanently slapped on teeth just to increase the torture.
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As I was looking for more pics to grab off your site this post peeked my interest. I had braces too. My teeth shifted as well, but I wasn’t wearing my retainer faithfully. Life stuff messed me up…depression…stress. Actually I aparently was grinding my teeth in my sleep, so my teeth shifted in a way that my two front teeth became uneven. One was pushed up a bit so it looked like one tooth was longer than the other. I hated it.
I finally was able to get some bonding done when we recieved some inheritance money from a friend of the family that was like a grandma to Andrew. Pretty amazing, huh? But my teeth are in rough shape again. I was self consiouse about my teeth as a teenager until my parents got me braces. I’m slightly bothered by my teeth again now that they need some work. I’d really like to have some veneers put on my 4 front teeth, but that might not happen for a while. We’d need more inheritance money for that job.
So I don’t smile very big in pictures because I am self conscious of my less than perfect teeth. I know it’s silly. But this one fellow I met online (and used to call a friend) made a comment about one of my pictures. He didn’t do it just once, he did it twice. The sad thing was that I used to like that goofy pic of my niece and I. But for a while I couldn’t even look at that picture. The only reason he saw it was because I had guys flirting with me on this Christian site that I was on. I jokingly said I should post this specific picture because I was sure it would deter guys from doing that. When he saw the pictures he said it made me look old, my nose looked big and my teeth looked bad. Nice huh?
I forgave him after a time and gave him a second chance. One day after I had posted a new pic on my profile he messages me and asks if I had my teeth fixed. Now I kind of feel like the devil was speaking straight through him. Anyways, I unfriended him. I hadn’t had my teeth fixed. I was just smiling in a way that made my wonkey teeth unnoticable. That kind of stuff really sticks with you, doesn’t it?
By the way, I’m grabbing more pics off your blog because I just want to have some pics of my sweet friend. I’m thinking of printing out a few pics of my sweet online friends so I can post them up on my corkboard.
Love you Alicia! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
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Ahh that’s a great idea with online friends pics to post them online!! I know there’s quite a few lately that are putting up a map in their house and then marking where different bloggers live, which I thought was pretty cool!!
Ok so on the teeth…confession time! My husband doesn’t have great teeth😕they’re extremely crooked, spaced funny, and yellowish colored; he didn’t always take very good care of them..now it bothers him some but the cost is too much to fix and even if he would get braces there’s no guarantee that some of those teeth wouldn’t rot, his family doesn’t have great teeth and unfortunately the kids got his teeth..they’re just naturally a yellow color, it stinks!! Dentists are ridiculously expensive though so it’ll all wait…
I’m sorry some rude dude (lol) made that comment to you but I think it’s hilarious the reason you put that particular picture on there anyways😂😂😂 I think you look beautiful regardless of your teeth, which I’ve never noticed 😁
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