Lifestyle; my teenage years πŸ€“πŸ˜

This post is slightly different but it’s about two of the biggest things I have done in my life. Sorry if you get bored πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ 

Braces; 

So I had always had awful teeth when I was young & the dentist kept saying its ‘cosmetic’ so I would never get braces on the NHS. I was absolutely gutted. So many people had them during school and I was actually jealous. That’s unusual for a teenage girl but I literally had no confidence. I would never smile with my teeth, I would be awful at speaking in front of people. I literally used to hold my hand over my mouth if I was talking. 

When I was 19 and had my full time job I decided to go privately and pay to have them! It was honestly the best thing I have ever done. Even though it was painful & a lot of money it was honestly worth it all. Just look at that difference! 

It cost me Β£1250 & took 15 months for them to be how they are now. I wouldn’t want my teeth any other way now. I am so happy, I show them off all the time. Plus I’m a good girl & still wear my retainer every night πŸ’πŸ½ 


Laser eye surgery; 

This one is a lot more expensive, as you can imagine. I took the plunge & went for the consultation with a friend. They wanted to show me all sorts of videos to make sure I was doing the right thing & I decided not to watch any πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ why would I want them to put me off. So about 7/8 weeks later I had the go ahead date. 

I chose to have LASIK surgery as opposed to the LASEK.. (This may be completely different now as I had it done in 2014) the difference was LASIK meant I could go back to work the following Monday (I had it done on a Friday) & the LASEK I’d have had to be off work for a week. I was told I had very large pupils so I had to pay a little bit extra.. But I paid Β£4450.. I think I heard you gulp then πŸ™Š 

The procedure itself, not going to lie, was horrific. Even though you are only in that operating room for 10 minutes it felt like a bloody lifetime. My mum came with me & there was a lady in the  waiting room that said this was her 3rd attempt because she was so scared, which obviously didn’t help my nerves πŸ™„ but here we go, my turn. You have your head strapped into a brace laying flat on a bed. They then do the procedure one eye at a time. I remember one eye took 45 seconds to correct & the other just a small 10. But I wasn’t a good patient & kept flapping my arms about so much that the nurse had to hold them still & tell me the laser wouldn’t work if I kept moving πŸ™ˆ… I think I blinked when the anaesthetic drops went in that one because I felt the whole thing! You can see the bruising on my eyes afterwards but it went away after about 10 days 😍😍


I am now 4 years on & still free of glasses! So to me, I think I have done well & that it was well worth every penny. It took me a little while to get used to not needing to push my glasses back onto my face πŸ˜‚ 

Sorry if anybody reading this is squeamish or anything πŸ™‰ 

Caitlin xo ✨

20 Comments

  1. I had braces, but I haven’t worn my retainer in years! πŸ™ˆ I would love to do Lasik, but I’m too scared. I think I’ll stick with my contacts! πŸ˜‚

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  2. I’m so glad I had braces when I was younger too, but I do wish I had been better about wearing my retainers afterwards. My teeth haven’t moved too much, but they aren’t exactly perfect anymore haha I REALLY want to get laser eye surgery and REALLY need to get a consultation! I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off, but seeing this post and another one today are pushing me to get it scheduled ASAP- so thank you (:

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  3. I used to have braces & hated them, so when I had them off I never wore my retainer! Now all I want is to have braces again, so I’m gonna go privately too! I definitely know how you feel with the confidence thing! x

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  4. Omg i can totally relate, i don’t have the worst teeth but my front two are quite wonky and the NHS said giving me braces was a cosmetic procedure but they offered to break and realign my jaw so it wouldn’t be too “pointy”… so i don’t really understand the logic there

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