When I was a kid, my grandfather used to pop his dentures in and out of his mouth to scare me—and it worked. Most of us associate dentures with the elderly, but anyone can have dental problems that require them to choose dentures as the solution.
One young mom has gone viral thanks to her TikToks about life with dentures and her personal journey towards acceptance.
A woman named Alicia, who goes by Princess Glitterhead on social media, wanted to share her life with snap-in dentures on TikTok.
Her story began during her first pregnancy when she started to have dental issues (which is actually quite common—pregnancy hormones can cause all kinds of issues with teeth).
She spoke with BuzzFeed about why she had to get dentures and what she’s learned from the experience.
“During my pregnancy, my teeth rapidly began to decay — from the inside out. Both of my eye teeth broke off at the gum line a week or so apart from each other. I remember laying in my yard feeling like my life was over. I would never be respected. I would never be pretty. My husband might leave me. He married me with perfect teeth and within a year I was already missing teeth,” she said.
“I never smiled. I stopped talking. I hid my pain. I was terrified of the dentist and I know I delayed treatment at times. I neglected myself at times. I couldn’t get ahead of what was happening. I would go get fillings and root canals that would break right out. When I was 24, I had my second daughter, and a lot more dental issues arose.”
Alicia explained that by then, she only had seven natural teeth on top. To do a full restoration required going to the dentist every week for a year. Her insurance wouldn’t cover any of it, so it cost $10,000.
“They only cover a new partial every eight years and my teeth fell apart faster than that. So, we root canaled and crowned all my remaining upper teeth,” she said.
“I also got two three-piece cemented bridges to fill my eye teeth gaps. I hated that you could see metal when I smiled and that my bridges and crowns had to be made to match my natural teeth. I just had to be able to accept the fact that I wouldn’t have a perfect smile no matter what I paid or had done.”
After giving birth to her third and fourth children, Alicia says her teeth basically abscessed and caused her face to swell. She was in constant pain. So she made the choice to get dentures.
“It was a miracle that I walked into my consultation in the first place. I went to get future information for dental implants—believing I wouldn’t be able to afford snap-in dentures right now.”
Dentures improved her life and her sense of self-esteem, and Alicia is now committed to shattering the stigma associated with dentures. “We don’t have to hate ourselves for needing dentures, no matter what the reason. There is no reason to feel shame for fixing something about yourself that will improve the quality of your life. Our children deserve parents who smile at them. We deserve to feel love and be happy.”
Featured Image: TikTok