The tale of the mom with a crooked smile

There once was a mom that loved to smile and make others laugh, but her crooked smile would over shadow her beautiful face. A point came in her life, that when she would talk to others, all she would think about—is her crooked smile.

That mom is ME!

Ever since I was a little girl, my jaw has been off centered. You see, one side of my jaw stopped growing while the other side of the jaw continued to grow. At least, this is how it has been explained to me. I was told as a teen, that one day my jaw would lock up on me. I feel like I am on borrowed time with my jaw so after talking with an orthodontist today and my husband, it is time to put the braces back on and go through with the jaw surgery.

My jaw gives me a huge complex. Especially, when I am talking to others, the first thing I think about– is that person noticing my jaw and/or teeth?

Many people have told me that my jaw is what makes Jen and I should have no worries about my jaw. Those two statements are easier said than done. First, I get frequent headaches and jaw pain. I have just learned to deal with it and will not complain. What is the use right? Secondly, how can I not worry when my face stares me in the face each and everyday?

As a teen, I went through braces, the surgery wires and was all prepared giving my blood for my 6 hour jaw surgery. I was so ready to put all of this behind me and move on with life until insurance stopped me in my tracks unfortunately. All the hard work that braces did only to be stopped and say I could not go any further because insurance refused to pay for the $30,000 dollar surgery. I will admit, I shed quite a few tears. Fast forward to my 30′s now and here I am ready to start the journey all over. Where will I get the money? Will insurance pay this time? I am leaving it in God’s hands. I pray he will provide and I can put this all behind me finally.

If you see me, you don’t have to stare. Please just enjoy my personality and not my crooked smile!

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Comments

  1. says

    Well, I certainly wouldn’t want you to have headaches and jaw pain if you can help it, so get it fixed if you can, but I’d miss your crooked little smile. It’s pretty! You don’t have to believe me. It’s still true. Nobody feels bad about it but you, I promise. It’s what I noticed first, yes, but not in a bad way. It’s a warm, genuine smile that makes people want to be around you. You really can’t beat that, not even with super-model symmetry.

  2. Jen says

    You are such a huge inspiration Cindy. You always have such beautiful words towards me. I will always be grateful and it helps me too! Love you!

  3. Barry says

    PSHHHH…Jen, you will be ok! You have enough faith in our Lord that the provisions will pour in and your surgery will be a complete success. Best of luck to you!

  4. says

    Always here for you. And in case you didn’t know it, I love your beautiful face my dear, sweet friend.

    I had the same health problem and mine is growing again even after the surgery and all these years but that’s not really a surprise. You know where to find me if you want to talk. I’ll even show you a pic of me before my surgery if you don’t believe me.. lol

  5. Shannon says

    I love you Jen and that smile of yours just how it is. You are wonderful as you are, butI don’t want to see you suffer with headaches and pain. I hope the surgery goes well, both physically and financially. Miss you friend!

  6. says

    Oh Jen, you are beautiful in my eyes. I will pray and believe with you that the money will be provided for the surgery and you will get the smile you deserve. Hugs to you!

  7. says

    Hi Jen,

    I too suffer from the “Crooked Jaw” syndrome! And the older I’ve gotten, the more its starting to bother me. But funny how God works, even with a crooked jaw, I’m always told that I have a beautiful smile! And so do you…but I understand why you want to get the surgery! So I’m sending prayers your way…you do the same for me! God bless!

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