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Author: Takashi

Here’s How I Finally Managed To Get Adult Braces (Not Pretentious)

Here’s some non-pretentious stuff for my blog (I know, I know). This is about my personal struggle with the shame and insecurity brought about by having REALLY crooked teeth up till last year. That was when at the ‘old’ age of 26, I finally saved up enough money to get adult braces. Here’s my story, which is overly dramatized and yes, I know it’s not a big deal. Shut up.

If you don’t smile and laugh, then you’re a weirdo. Unless you have a disability of course, but then people would still think that. But sometimes you just don’t because of one reason…

That reason is of course crooked teeth. More crooked than the management of Enron and Richard Nixon combined. My teeth were so crooked that I was essentially a hermit, staying indoors and barely interacting. That’s probably why I’m such a charmer to this day.

I am of course, speaking from experience. When I was a wee lad, I really didn’t give a crap what people thought of my teeth. It was just teeth. I socialized as normal, and even when people made fun of me, I was too ignorant to be self-conscious and hence to care. It was only when I got older did my awareness and hence the self-consciousness and shame, kick in. Sometimes, ignorance really is bliss.

Why Some People Have Crowded Teeth

In the situation where kids are involved, the twelve signs and signs and symptoms and warning signs of such teeth and jaws that develop incorrectly are observed around 5 years of age. That’s pretty damned early.  A couple of the causes will be what are known as myofunctional habits. Examples of such habits are:

Mouth breathing, which is, by the way, associated with low intelligence. So don’t do it, but also don’t do it because it messes up your teeth. Another culprit is pressing your tongue against the back of your teeth and sucking your thumb. These don’t seem enough to move your teeth; but over years, trust me, it can cause some really crooked teeth.

The lower grade levels were grade. I was the teacher’s pet; the little boy that every teacher loved. I was the class clown and the favorite. Nobody cared about my teeth; in fact I think it just added to my charm.

But as Icarus found out, the higher you go, the hotter it gets. Once I reached middle school, things changed, and not for the better. My peers teased me mercilessly, especially at out of school social events. It led to mild depression and very high levels of stress. Bottom line: not fun.

This Is How Bad It Got

Middle school and high school were hell. The teasing was unrelenting and merciless. I prayed daily for quality orthodontic treatment so I could get braces, but my parents simply could not afford it, no matter how distressed my predicament made them. So goes the economic realities of life.

Needless to say, I did not do very well with the opposite sex. In fact, to say I did poorly would be a severe understatement. No girl would every want to be seen with ‘Buck Teeth McGee’; my unfortunate nickname that still pops up every now and then. Now that I’ve gotten my teeth fixed though, I really don’t mind.

At Least I Got a Best Friend

I did meet a cool guy on campus when I went off to university though. We eventually became housemates and he’s one of my best friends to this day. He never once mentioned my teeth in a negative light. He was a true bro and always tried to refer me to the best orthodontists in Edgbaston, Birmingham, where I was studying at the time.

Finally Seeing an Orthodontist and Getting Adult Braces

After graduation and getting a job, I was finally, after several years to save and toil away in my ‘cosmetic dentistry / braces fund’. Of course, I had scoped prices out long ago. I had a budget and a plan to achieve it.

There are two days I will never forget. The first was putting my braces on for the first time. The second was taking them off 2.5 years later and gazing into the mirror, seeing a row of perfectly straight teeth for the first time. I won’t say that I cried, but it is possible that a manly tear dripped down my cheek.

And that is the story of how I got adult braces. With great looking teeth now, I can run this blog and be as pretentious as I want. So there.

PTSD – The Silent Killer and One Unusual Method to Treat It

For my first blog post I’m actually going to talk about something super serious. I have many female friends who have been sexually assaulted and suffer from PTSD as a result. So I want to raise awareness about the prevalence of PTSD and how one method, hypnotherapy has helped many of my friends and family to heal.

PTSD – The Silent Killer

One of the major health disorders killing many people silently is Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD. There are thousands of people suffering out there in different states. One of the reasons for the increase in PTSD disorder is a sexual assault; it may not show immediately but later on the affected individual continues to suffer from stress and, depression and trauma.

There are uncountable people suffering out there who do not report sexual assault crimes as a result of fear and victimization, this makes it difficult to estimate the actual number of people suffering from PTSD.

Why PTSD Is On the Rise

The current events and status reveal that sexual assault and violence is increasing every day and many cases are reported every day. There are many organizations, human rights and activist who are trying to establish various ways that can be applied to handle and curb the situation. If immediate measures and precautions are not employed soon, the situation might escalate and become a global disaster.

In the US, it is estimated a sexual assault or rape happens every two minutes. This is alarming considering that there are many issues in the society that leads to the occurrence of such cases. The prevalence of PTSD is higher and keeps rising everyday meaning that the current therapy mechanisms for sexual-assault-related PTSD need to be improved.

The suffering population needs to be attended by professional therapists, and there more knowledge and skills are needed in this field. If pathologies associated in dealing with sexual assault trauma in psychological, biological and sociological improve their knowledge and skills, then they will be able to develop new measures and effective treatment that can be used to alleviate the long-term pain that PTSD patients and survivors are going through.

Inappropriate handling of Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal or the HPA is one of the main reasons causing an increase functional abnormalities and structural abnormalities that on the other hand contribute to the increase in PTSD.

The Best Approach to Fight PTSD

It is not possible to completely cure the effects of PTSD from the sexual assault survivors. But hypnotherapy has been proven as an outstanding treatment procedure that has helped many survivors recover from the PTSD. Therapists are now improving hypnotherapy developing new ways to treat PTSD.

A comprehensive treatment program and management of the disorder using hypnotherapy has proven to work for many survivors. The treatment goes along with improved drugs that help the patients improve and start experiencing a new life where they can eventually forget the incidence of sexual assault thereby reducing stress at a higher margin.

Hypnotherapy aims to help the patients reduce symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and most important feel appreciated by the society. A patient undergoing hypnotherapy will be able to reduce flashbacks, improve resilience to stress that will also help them the vulnerability of getting specific disability complications.

Therefore, it is necessary for the patients to prevent relapse and maintain a healthy living. It is essential for your certified hypnotherapist to understand the level of the PTSD affliction so that critical measures can be established. Once this is done, it is good to talk to the patient to understand all the symptoms and signs that they may be exposing. Different individuals react differently to this type of treatment whereas the time they spend with their therapist is necessary to establish the response and the effect.

Dysregulation of PTSD should not be allowed to happen as this may cause major systems of the body such as endocrine, neural and the immune system to reduce immensely. The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis is involved in the major role of controlling the above three systems of the body, and therefore neglect can result to negative feedback inhibition on patients suffering from PTSD.


As you have seen, sex abuse has caused damages to many individuals and families. It can hurt the families finance when the family providers fall into depression and also the treatment cost. We all have the responsibilities to play in helping our member families and friends who go through sexual assault to recuperate rather than letting them succumb to depression, anxiety, and traumas that may eventually lead to fatal complications. It is, therefore, necessary to enroll the survivors suffering from PTSD to a hypnotherapist program and with time and continuous attendance, they will eventually heal.

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