I agonised over my teeth for over 30 years not through pain, but sheer shame and embarrassment. As the years went by I tried to ignore them by covering my mouth if I laughed and smiled, but in the last year or so I found that my teeth were taking up most of my waking hours as I was thinking about them constantly and what I could do about them - thats if I could ever find the courage to open my mouth to show anybody. I thought the time would come when they would all fall out and even thought if it was possible just to buy a set of dentures online, pop them in, and then have a wonderful smile.
Most of my internet searches were to find somebody in the same situation as me, terrified of dentists, deeply ashamed and very, very embarrassed. Through my searches one dentist's name kept cropping up: Douglas Miller.
I read everything I could find about him and after many anguished hours decided to email him about "my terrible teeth". The reply I had from Mr Miller actually made me cry with relief, he seemed to understand my difficulties and put me at ease. I read the reply over and over again. My main concern was actually showing him my teeth and would he be so visibly shocked that I would have to run out of his practice never to return and never ever attempting to try to get help with my teeth again.
Mr Miller asked me to call, which was very nervy for me, but straight away he put me at ease and I agreed to go to see him, I have been several times now and will continue to do so. I feel at ease, Mr Miller and his assistants have never made me feel ashamed and have explained every procedure to me.
My teeth are looking much better, but I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I will continue with my treatment and actually look forward to my appointments.
If I ever met anybody who felt like me, I would implore them to take the first step and if possible visit Mr Miller, you will feel like you’re walking on air and so proud of yourself after the first visit.