it took some time, more than a few months, to realise that I’m not my dentures. And although I have to wear them because, you know, I have to eat and interacting in a society that expected you to have teeth. It did affect me emotionally and I seeked counselling with somebody who helped me enormously, just allowing me to… or provide me a safe space for me to talk about my fears and my insecurities, and what I felt was wrong at the time wearing dentures. But most importantly, my friends, my family and my partner at the time, giving me so much love and support, and unconditional acceptance. It was what made me feel that it’s ok. It is ok. I am still me, I am Manos, I have not changed because I am wearing dentures