Disobedience temporarily disfigured my face

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that there are some strange things going on with my dental life, and it started right from a very young age.

I first mentioned my open bite on this post, and pointed out that my canine and incisors are practically non-functional. I cannot bite or tear.

The last dentist I saw said that according to science standards, I should have a speech impediment due to the position of my teeth and shape of my dentition. She was very surprised that I could talk properly. If only she knew that not only could I just talk properly, I actually earn part of my income from talking. She said that I shouldn’t bother my head. Ideally it would have required a surgical process spanning over 4 years or so, to correct. I had done some research on that surgery two years ago, and I knew I couldn’t go through it cos it would kill my career

I guess the talker in me would not be stopped when at the age of 5, my grandmother noticed that my teeth wouldn’t close. At that little age, the fighter in me learnt how to distort her lips, roll or flatten her tongue to get every word out, just like a person blessed with normal dentition. I do it so well that you might have to capture me speaking in a picture or intentionally look at mouth while I am talking before you see the magic being performed, lol. Even my mum never noticed the disorder until she watched me on TV, which is strange considering the fact that I have been this way since about 5 years old.

I am not that child that falls sick or gives her parents the usual medical problems, but when it comes to dental issues, you don’t want to try me, even though I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have replaced a tooth, filled a tooth, removed a tooth, and even had impacted 8 surgery where I was operated upon live, with my jawbone drilled into, tooth removed, and gum sewed back - the worst experience of my life, that I would never wish on my worst enemy.

Anyway, after my last dental appointment last year, when I went to replace my tooth, and opted for a silver crown, the dentist warned me not to eat with one side of my mouth, in order to avoid being disfigured because of lack of mouth exercise, which is a condition normally noticed in people that have gone through similar procedures.

I thanked her, and assured her that I would heed her warnings.

I won’t lie. It was difficult. I just couldn’t bring myself to eat with the left side of my mouth, and after 1 week or so, I gave up.

Exactly a year later, while rehearsing in front of the mirror, I felt something was wrong with my face while I was talking, but dismissed it since I have always had to distort my mouth in order to correctly get the words out.

A few days later, I appeared in the picture below. One look at it, and I knew there was fire on the mountain.

See my normal smile below



Now, look closely at my face 2 weeks ago
Update: I had to highlight the picture to capture the difference cos some people said they didn't notice any difference, even though it was glaring to me, lol.



The facial muscle on the left had fallen, and my smile and lips was tilted to one side. There was absolutely no cheek raise because the musles couldn't be lifted again

I was getting disfigured, and I didn’t even know it. My one year of negligence and stubbornness was telling on me. It was like a slow fade effect that comes stage by stage, that you won’t even know when it is happening. I started to panic immediately. My facial muscle on the left had obviously fallen due to lack of usage. I didn’t want to be disfigured.  At least, now, I am the only one who noticed. Another six months of negligence, and it would have been deliverance session for me, lol.

I called the dentist immediately, and she told me what to do. Things are getting better, the muscles have lifted a bit, but not as high as they should be. The smile of mine that I never really appreciated has now become gold to me, now that I know it is possible to lose it.

As from today, I will never ignore my dentist’s advice. Who wants to go about with a permanently damaged smile?

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    1. Ehm, not when it is a medical risk, which would get worse if ignored. How would you like me to say hi to you next year with one side of my mouth completely drooped? I guess it won't be cute anymore by then.

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  2. WOW!!!! Me I cant see the disfigurement in that "smile" picture, but I believe you. No one can know you better than you.
    I always advocate for one to be in tune with one's body, cos usually,by the time changes are becoming obvious to all, it may already be too late.
    Thank God for all mercies!

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    1. Lol. I have highlighted it, and I guess you can see it now. Yes, I am glad I was able to catch it early. It is almost completely gone now.

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  3. Looking at the upclose one. I see what you are saying. I still don't get the explanation of why sha. x_x

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    1. You don't get the explanation? Simple. Just try not to lift your left hand for a whole year, up to shoulder level. I can guarantee you that you would not be able to lift the hand a year later, and would need third party help. Do you now get?

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  4. I have been staring at both pictures but I can't see the difference yet. You look okay to in both photos. Is it just me?

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    1. Looll. Check the picture update now.

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    2. Oh!I see it. Glad to know it was only temporal. *hugs*

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  5. I can't see any difference in the two pictures but I guess you know what is happening.

    Please do take care of yourself.

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    1. Thanks very much. Yes I am doing just that. Picture has been updated.

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  6. I can definitely see what you mean. You've very observant though because i would probably not have noticed if you did not point it out

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    1. Trust me, if it were your face, you'd have noticed too.

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  7. Oh wow! Thank God you noticed when you did o! Sigh, sometimes when all these medical people tell us to do things it sounds ridiculous. And wow I'm impressed by you overcoming all these things and being able to make a living from speaking. So are you going to do the surgery or is there a halfway house?

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    1. No I am not doing any surgery. Aint nobody got time for that. I am walking this path, unaided. I have survived this long, so I am fine.

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  8. Blessings.....
    Its the little things we take for granted that we value the most once we realize its importance.

    stay blessed and keep up your exercises.

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    1. Yes o. I agree. We pay attention to the seemingly big things, and ignore the little ones.

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