Some patients tell me they would like teeth like mine. Others (I can think of one child in particular) asked me why my teeth are so bad if I had braces when I was younger.

I have disliked my teeth for as long as I can remember. With my trained eye, there is so much I don’t like about them: the missing canine, the small lateral incisors, the uneven gum margins, the deep bite, the angulation of my upper teeth. To be honest, the crowding in my bottom teeth bothers me the least. So I finally decided to improve them.

I have chosen Invisalign clear aligners for a number of reasons which I will talk about another time. For now, I am preparing myself to start with my first aligner. I know how the braces work and what I have to do to make my teeth move. But I don’t know if I have the willpower to follow my own instructions. Once I start I don’t want to stop, or have any breaks so I needed to find the right time.

I have just come back from climbing Mount Snowdon with my family. It was hard work. Eleven of us, aged between 7 and 76, reached the summit together. Still on a high from that achievement, I feel ready for my next challenge.

My son and I on Snowdon yesterday

So it’s 10.30pm on Sunday night. Muscles still aching, I am going to brush my teeth, take a painkiller and start my Invisalign journey…