Hi all, newb here and I’m hoping for some advice. At 30 years old I am loosing all my teeth. 26 to be exact. They’ve been falling apart for a while now so it’s been a long time coming, and I think deep down I knew it was going to turn out this way, but regardless it’s still been emotional. I’ve been reading blogs (and boards like this), watching YouTube videos, and just doing a heap of general research to try and prepare myself as best I can for the long road ahead, and gathering as many tips and tricks as possible to aid in a successful transition like speech, eating and overall comfort. Impressions have been taken and my initial consultation with the oral surgeons is set for next Friday (April 12th). Here’s the strange part. I seem to be coming to terms with this fate, but I just can’t shake the fear of people knowing. My mom, sister, and my sweet darling boyfriend all know what’s going on, but outside of this very small circle I just can’t bring myself to talk about it. Not with friends, or my own father, or other family members. I don’t even have my e-day scheduled yet and I’m already terrified about returning to work after. I’m scared that I’ll look noticeably different and people will inquire. I’m not even saying they’ll notice they’re dentures, but I just don’t want attention on my new teeth. I don’t want to explain what I’ve been through and I’m not exactly sure I want to make up a story. I guess I just don’t want to find myself explaining over and over what’s different about my appearance. I feel like this sounds so trivial, but right now it’s the part of this whole this that is bothering me most. I know at some point it will be the new norm and I won’t even think about it anymore but until then, how do I address this incredible insecurity? What were other’s experience with returning to work? Or receiving unwanted attention on the upgraded smile?