Everyone is obsessed with happiness; just take a look at Instagram and Facebook. And when it comes to finding happiness, everyone just peddles the usual cookie cutter BS – find someone you love, something you love, passion, blah blah and all of that.
Now, I’m not saying that that’s wrong advice. But what I am saying is that there is another method that isn’t really discussed, and that’s the method I’m recommending today. It works particularly well in this superficial society of ours.
Are you ready for this unique method? Here it is…. Become more attractive.
That’s right, become more attractive. Attractive people have happier lives than most. People gravitate toward you more. You benefit from the ‘halo’ effect. You achieve more in life. Deep down, most people know this; they just can’t accept it.
But I’ve experienced it first-hand. You see, I wasn’t a bad looking kid except for one thing… my crooked teeth. Once I got that fixed through braces, my life became infinitely better. This is my story.
The Orthodontist as a Life Changer; How Braces Made Me Happier
Am I shallow? I supposed I am. But we are all animals deep down, and in animals, you can live or die by your looks. So it goes in the human world, but most of us suppress that fact. I was mercilessly teased as a kid; even my good friends called me ‘The Grill’, a reference to my messed up canines. You’re right, it wasn’t a bad nickname, but those were supposedly my friends. Those who weren’t my friends or were downright enemies were far worse.
There’s one incident in particular that stands out for me. It’s when I got into a fist fight at school, which was not an uncommon occurrence back in the day (this was before those ridiculous zero tolerance policies which would have undoubtedly gotten me expelled). Anyway, to cut a long story short, I got a tooth knocked out by a sucker punch.
When we all got sent to the principal’s office, he assessed the damage dealt out, and by all objective accounts I got the worst of it. I lost a tooth, an adult tooth, after all! But that insensitive asshole, instead of sympathizing, cracked a joke at my expense, saying that the missing tooth actually improved my visage. Of course, if that had happened today, I could have easily gotten him fired by complaining on social media.
The Fateful Visit to the Orthodontic Centre
Anyway, here’s the visit that literally brought back a smile to my face and sunshine to my life. After getting my tooth knocked out and the totally inappropriate reaction by the principal, my parents finally decided that I should get braces. To be honest, I think it was the missing tooth that did it, not the principal’s reaction.
But I digress. My parents took me to what was probably the most qualified orthodontist in Birmingham, where I was suitably impressed by both their professionalism and attention to customer service. After an initial consultation, they determined that because my mouth was too small to accommodate all my teeth, they would need to take out four teeth. Apparently this is quite normal. Of course in my case they only had to take out three…. Every cloud has a silver lining, I guess.
Anyway, I had to bear the nickname metal mouth for about two and a half years. Those years were by no means pleasant; but they were totally worth the sacrifice. Here’s how having nice straight teeth made my life better.
My Orthodontist Got Me Laid
Well, not directly of course. But once I flashed my pearly whites at the ladies, they absolutely could not resist. And in the age of online dating, pictures are everything. And you have to smile in photos or people will think you’re a weirdo. And weirdos most definitely do not get laid.
The Braces Paid For Themselves through a Job
A winning smile wins your career. Listen, I’m in the sales line… do you think I would have been an effective salesman if people couldn’t stand to look at my teeth? Hell no! For all the commissions and money I’ve made, the cosmetic dentistry procedure I went through paid for itself a thousand times over.
Aesthetics help you win at life. That’s a little acknowledged fact. And orthodontics improves your aesthetics. By transitive property, orthodontics improves your life. Period.