Personal Autobiography : Personal Reflection

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I was born twice: first, as a baby girl in a delivery room on an exceptionally snowy day in 1997; and then again, as a pre-teenage girl, in Seoul, South Korea, in August of 2005. I allowed my eyes to lose focus as I lazily watched the reflection of me that seemed odd, unfamiliar, and unreal. A week had passed since I took off my braces and face mask, which realigned my protruded lower jaw and anterior crossbite, but I couldn’t believe that my bone structure was now aligned perfectly, almost like a dental commercial. Throughout my early years, I was excruciatingly conscious of my teeth and my jaw. Talking to strangers, taking a picture, and walking in public caused me great embarrassment. Because of my class III malocclusion, I adopted a closed-mouth smile, knowing that the crowded teeth of an eight-year-old would not be appreciated anywhere. No matter how I tried, I couldn’t hide – I even resorted to silence to reduce my lisp. Needless to say, the growth of my self-confidence, self-esteem, and normally positive outlook was severely hindered as I grew older. Through my experiences before and after the treatment, I saw the power of aesthetic improvement brought by cosmetic dental procedures and orthodontic restoration. However, the malocclusion treatment wasn’t my only exposure to dentistry where I had this realization. Observing my own father, an oral surgeon, and shadowing other dentists at private dental clinics throughout my undergraduate years and witnessing
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