I was at the dentist this week for a routine cleaning. I mentioned to him that my granddaughter is getting her braces off soon, and that she had the same gap between her two front teeth that I’ve always had. Never really gave it much thought before–it’s just part of me.
But my dentist said, “Would you like to fix that?” Uhhhhhh, well, what would that take?
And he told me that it’s not just cosmetic. My bottom front teeth are all chipped and eroded because my top front teeth meet them almost perfectly, which is really not perfect at all. Top teeth are chipped, too. I’ve had them ground off a couple of times because I looked like Snaggletooth.
Well, maybe not that bad, but I love the piano keys 🙂
So he can fix my bite so my front teeth don’t chip each other, and he can close the gap. And when that’s all done, he says maybe we can repair the broken places to help stop further erosion.
At my age. For goodness sake. I thought Terry would think it was just silly, but he’s actually all for it. So we’re going to do it. We’ve already taken molds of my uppers and lowers, and we’ll start the process as soon as the first set comes back. Oh, we’re doing this with Invisalign, not braces. I don’t think I’d have gone for the braces. I don’t know. Maybe.
Anyway. There’s nothing deeply spiritual about my post this morning. Teeth are teeth, and compared to some of the pictures I saw while I was looking for one to post, I’m really quite fortunate.
And that makes me consider. Adam and Eve had perfect teeth, no overbite or underbite or any other problem. Pearly whites, even, perfect. Did you ever wonder when those beautiful, attractive teeth started to fall apart? No dentists, orthodontia, novocaine, or false teeth.
But I assure you, those teeth did eventually decay. After all, they lived a few hundred years! Tooth decay is another manifestation of this fallen world we live in. As are crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, teeth too widely spaced. Time was, the local barber would agree to pull out a rotten or broken tooth. That’s why they have those swirly red and white posts at barber shops. Do they still do that?
I think I’m coming to a point here. Maybe not. Maybe I’ve already made my point. Decay and death are a result of the sin nature passed down to us from that perfect first couple. The whole world was changed by sin.
The good news, of course, is that God provided a way of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, Whose birth we celebrate this month. See, it always comes back to sin, salvation, God’s plan, and His Son.
You can get a spiritual lesson even from misaligned teeth 🙂