Most people know that the best way to make an impression is with a smile. It´s why parents are always on their children’s cases to brush their teeth all the time after they eat. It might seem like a hassle at the time, but some folks come to appreciate why it was dental care was so important. Sadly, it’s often so expensive that a lot of people just can’t afford treatment. If anyone knows what that’s like it’s a political organizer named Jon Torsch, who shared his personal story on how fixing his teeth made his life so much better.
First impressions make a huge difference, especially when you have straight-looking teeth.
People who have crooked teeth may find professional success a bit more difficult. So, it seems clear that the solution to a happier career and personal life involves having the very best set of teeth that money can buy.
Unfortunately, dental care is very expensive and medical insurance doesn’t always cover everything.
Even federal-state health insurance programs like Medicaid only cover some of the costs of good dental work. To prove that, a Twitter user named Jon Torsch decided to tweet about how not having dental care affected his life and the lives of other Americans.
The political organizer highlighted why dental care must be included in all federal-state insurances.
Torsch talked about how poverty, depression, and bad teeth had all affected him emotionally. He also discussed how paying $4,000 out of his own money allowed him to finally acquire and complete his dental treatment with the help of Invisalign.
The before and after effects of his treatment made him look as different as night and day.
He spent two years undergoing the atypical adjustment process that goes with wearing braces, even seemingly hassle-free versions like Invisalign. But he wasn’t able to do this for himself until he was an adult.
Torsch shared how poverty also meant that having dental or general healthcare was difficult.
He moved out of his home when he was 17 and didn´t find himself with any kind of insurance until he was 27. But even a job that offered insurance made the decision to get braces a little uncomfortable for him.
Growing up poor had taught him that he had to save money on more important things.
So, he was a little apprehensive about getting his teeth fixed. Then again, his teeth were in such poor condition that he had rarely cracked a smile during one of the most important events of his life like prom and his college graduations.
In a lot of his photos, he awkwardly smiled with his lips tightly pursed together.
He refused to show his teeth even when he proposed to someone or when he got the papers he needed to run for city council. It wasn´t that he wasn´t happy in those photos, but he had some serious issues with his self-image.
The thought of spending so much on treatment also made him feel ashamed of getting braces.
Being self-conscious about his looks and the shame he felt with smiling deepened his depression. But after his last dental appointment, he cried with relief after decades of feeling like an outsider because of his teeth.
In this Twitter thread, he claims that “dental care is health care is mental care.”
He considers that denying people proper insurance that covers all types of care is the side effect of capitalism and that there´s no excuse for it. Sadly, about 23 percent of Americans, which is about 74 million people have no dental coverage according to Industry statistics.
The American Dental Association believes that about 40 percent of adults have the same excuse.
People tend to avoid the dentist’s office because they simply don´t have the money to get started on their treatment. But proper dental work doesn´t just provide patients with a healthy smile, but also corrects other issues like overbites and makes teeth easier to clean.