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For as long as I can remember I have felt the need to hide my smile, I have been ashamed of my teeth and therefore ashamed of my smile, I wore braces as a child but went through some very serious bullying and so ditched them, now I suffer for it.
It's not just the cosmetic side of things, because of the pressure of my teeth pushing against each other, it causes my quite severe headaches.
I am an actor and entertainer, but have turned down countless jobs when I found out they needed me to smile or show my teeth, it's such a shame as my self-confidence is generally high, and I love to entertain people, but I can't fully be myself until I can smile with confidence.
It sounds shallow, but it really isn't that way at all, I just can't get over my poor self image issues, and therefore cannot fully follow my career.
So I'm reaching out across the world for your help, help me to smile again, help me get back my confidence, and watch for me at the Oscars!
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