Is my teen really embarrassed by me?

Traci - posted on 03/28/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I was excited when I saw this contest, I thought finally I could do something about my teeth since I don’t have insurance or the money, then I saw that you have to actually smile showing your teeth to be voted on. This made my heart sink, knowing that my 16 yr. old daughter and her friend's might be seeing this, and how embarrassing it would be for her, I cried. She found out and she said it doesn't matter, that I should at least try. But I'm thinking now it really does matter because she doesn't want to help me get the votes I need to win. I have returned to school to obtain my certification in medical billing and coding so that I can go back to work when I graduate in the fall, but my appearance may prevent anyone from hiring me, I desperately need to fix my smile. In the photo you can see what has happened to my teeth in the past 2 years after starting Statin medication and perhaps menopause. this is the link to copy bit.ly/1XRa76g

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Sarah - posted on 03/28/2016

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If she is not willing to ask her friends, then I'd let it go. One way to find dentist that does pro-bono or sliding scale fees it thru your nearest women's crisis center. Domestic violence damages the smiles of many women and I know my personal dentist devotes a fair amount of time, treatment and care to help these women. I realize this is not your situation, but you may be able to find a sympathetic dentist.

MaryAnn - posted on 03/28/2016

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Is your teen embarrassed? Probably. Thats what happens to teens when they have parents. Does that matter? Probably not.
I'd have a talk about resourcefulness, and opportunity and confidence. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Grats on the schooling. You go mom!

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Traci - posted on 03/28/2016

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Hi Sarah,
Thanks for your response. The closest school to me is about 2 hours away, and I have tried to find a dentist who will allow me to make payments, as we do not have insurance. I have tried to find assistance programs but we are just above their financial guides. I was just wondering if I should stop urging my daughter to help. This contest requires spreading the word so that people will vote, and my circle of friends is limited.

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2016

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I don't understand this post. If you want to enter a contest to get your teeth fixed; that has nothing to do with your teen. She told you she is fine with the picture being posted, which is actually none of her business. Her being fine with it and campaigning to help you win are two vastly different issues. Even with dental coverage, cosmetic dentistry is rarely covered. Have you called local dental schools, the student have to learn the procedures somewhere, and you can often get teeth capped, veneers or other treatment at reduced cost.

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