how do i not feel ashamed at 26

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I am 26 and my top teeth were in such bad shape that my dentist recomended i have all my top teeth removed and so now i have dentures how do i get over being ashamed of having to have dentures at a young age?
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I am in the same boat.. I am 30 years old and had to have both top and bottoms. I don't know how to tell you how to get over being ashamed because I am still dealing with that now. But, I can tell you I have been ashamed of my teeth for the last 5 years so I am hoping one day I can go back out in public and not worry about having to cover my mouth when I talk. So I think it just goes with time. The first 5 days I was scared to go anywhere scared I was goign to get laugh out. Now after a week and half I dont mind so much and people that know says you can't really care because I am talking better so people can't really care. I try to care myself now, that when people look at me they aren't thinking .. "oh what terrible teeth" but "she has a pretty smile" and in time you will learn to accept it
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I am not ashamed of making a choice that improved the way I feel and they way I look. I could by a small house for what I invested in my teeth, and I was always in pain. I am 8 weeks into my new top denture, and I love it. You don't need to tell any one but those you love and love you. Don't you be ashamed either. So you did not win the genetic tooth lottery. You are in with a lot of good company. Find a dentist you can trust, get a natural looking denture. Hold your head up, put on your lipstick and smile.
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Thanks reading your reply helped a lot.
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Dont be ashamed, please! Do get another opinion, and then make your decision. If you do have to have dentures, think of the nice smile you will have. Also, talk to the dentist about copying the shape of YOUR teeth, so they dont feel or look so different from your smile. Browse thru all the posts, you are not alone, beleive in yourself!
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HI I WANT TO TELL YOU TO STOP IT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW. I HAVE BEEN KNOW THAT I NEEDED DENTURES FOR 20 YEARS AND I WOULD NOT DO IT NO MADAM . I REFUSE TO BUT THE PAIN GOT TO ME . I COULD NOT EAT FOOD WENT WE WENT OUT TO PARTYS AND BBQ. I ALWAYS SAYID THAT I WAS FULL. BUT I CAN NOT WAIT TO GO OUT TO EAT . AND I NEVER SMILE A PEOPLE I ALWAYS LOOK LIKE I WAS MAD. BUT NOW I CAN NOT STOP THE SMILE . I HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE TELL ME THAT I HAVE A PRETTY SMILE . AND FROM ME TOO YOU I LOVE IT. HOPE YOU JOIN THE CLUB SOON .
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I am glad my post helped. You know I have been thinking the media adores people with plastic in their ummm..... upper and lower bodies. Why is it such a big deal that we need a little plastic for a "smile makeover". I am telling you I regret not doing this sooner. I have awesome dental insurance and paid very little out of pocket, it was all a head game for me. I just had to decide to do it. It was a buggar for about a week. But it was only a few weeks till I was back to way better than normal. I am sure you have done as I did and had weeks and months of dental pain. Put in behind you. I will watch for further posts and be in your corner
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You should not feel ashamed for improving your health and appearance. No one has to know you are wearing a denture. Soon it will become part of you and part of your routine. You will notthink about it and those who knew you before dentures will forget quickly when there is nothing there to remind them of your bad teeth. People expect an attractive smile so smile proudly. You are among friends here!
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I am 33 years old, and I am 7 weeks into new teeth also! It was really tough the first couple weeks especially, but every day really does get better! I sell furniture for a living, and have to do a LOT of talking, and I had to pretty much go right back to work the same week I had my procedure done. I know what you are going through, and it is normal to feel ashamed - but that gets better too, the more you heal!
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I get my dentures in 5 days. I'm excited and scared at the same time... Any pointers?
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I felt the same way.I was 39 when I had to get all my top teeth out.The reason was because I suffered with a stomach disorder that literally disenagrated my bones.I think we all have a tendency to think that if people know we have dentures they think something is wrong with us or we just don't take care of ourselves.Just being true to yourself and let your inner shine so everyone can see the beautiful person you are takes away any thoughts on dentures.Enjoy your life and don't be ashamed..Show your confidence and people will take notice,in a positive way =)
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Don't feel ashamed. No one can tell unless you tell them. I am 41 and have had horrendous teeth for as long as I can remember. My whole family does. I haven't had a picture of me smiling showing teeth in close to 15 years. I have a 2 year old grandson that I have very few pictures with because I was ashamed of my smile. I had my teeth pulled in December but the lab made my immediate wrong. My dentist was great and used a several step procedure to have a new temp made that didn't come in until 7 weeks (and refunded the cost of the immediate). I didn't want my dentures to be exactly like my real teeth because I had a gap between my front teeth that I absolutely hated. I've had my temps for about 3 weeks and can finally start wearing them full-time due to sore spots. My facebook friends were a huge support to me as I struggled for 2 months with pain and embarrassment. I found out that many people had dentures that I never suspected and they were a huge support. When I finally got my teeth, I took pictures and posted and had the best feedback and outpouring of love and support. My new problem is needing to stop taking so many pictures. I look like one of those teenagers posting pics everyday. LOL

Point is, do what makes you feel better and no one else needs to know. But, don't be so quick to think that people will judge you poorly for having them. Many of us drew the poor genetic lottery. You are taking steps to make yourself feel better and removing the poor teeth will be better for your health. I am sure that anyone whom you choose to share your truth with will support you and encourage you and who knows, they may have gotten theirs younger than you did. My husband's aunt was in her early 20s when she got hers and I didn't know until I talked to her when I was considering this journey.
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I have today just found out that as of the 24th August I will be having all my teeth removed and full set of dentures. I feel very sad and consus of having all them removed at the same time.
Thank you all so much for your posts I now feel that I can do this and look forward to a life without pain
Thank you x
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I am 34 and 1 week out of having full mouth extractions and immediate dentures, I will tell you I cried for a couple of days, my emotions were all over the place wondering if i had made a bad decision by doing this but NOW after just one week I feel better, I see pretty, straight, white teeth and just the thought of never ever having a toothache is so refreshing. I spent countless nights and hours in pain from my previous teeth and I am determined to make this work some way some how, it helps a lot to be here and see everyones stories, and get the boosts that you need. Good Luck on your new journey Lucy