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Then and now: Political organizer Jon Torsch, 31, from Portland, Maine, went to Twitter last week to share photos of his teeth before and after

A man who was ashamed of his teeth for almost his entire life, opened up to the relief he felt after straightening, revealing that it cost him a whopping $ 4,000 with insurance.

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Political organizer Jon Torsch, 31, from Portland, Maine, went to twitter last week to share photos of his teeth before and after photos, while he argued that dental care should be included in all federal state health insurance programs.

In his long discussion, he explained how poor and unable to pay for dental care affected his confidence and contributed to his depression until he was able to get it straight.

Then and now: Political organizer Jon Torsch, 31, from Portland, Maine, went to Twitter last week to share photos of his teeth before and after

Then and now: Political organizer Jon Torsch, 31, from Portland, Maine, went to Twitter last week to share photos of his teeth before and after

Then and now: Political organizer Jon Torsch, 31, from Portland, Maine, went to Twitter last week to share photos of his teeth before and after

Then and now: Political organizer Jon Torsch, 31, from Portland, Maine, went to Twitter last week to share photos of his teeth before and after

Hide: Jon admitted that he taught himself to smile with his mouth shut because he was ashamed of his teeth

Hide: Jon admitted that he taught himself to smile with his mouth shut because he was ashamed of his teeth

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Hide: Jon admitted that he taught himself to smile with his mouth shut because he was ashamed of his teeth

& # 39; I just finished Invisalign. My last visit was yesterday, & he tweeted. & # 39; I have paid ~ $ 4k from my own pocket in the last two years (even good insurance is bad). This included two rounds of Invisalign, holders and tooth bonding / grinding to extend / shape some teeth. & # 39;

Jon explained that he had no dental insurance until he was well into adulthood, and even then he struggled with the idea of ​​paying thousands of dollars for something that was not a medical necessity.

& # 39; Being poor means poor (or none) dental care (or health care in general). I moved at the age of 17 and had insurance again at the age of 27, he wrote.

& # 39; Even with a new permanent job and insurance it felt like spending on & # 39; cosmetics & # 39; uncomfortable, in vain and against everything I have learned to become poor.

Opening up: in his long discussion he explained how poor and unable to pay for dental care affected his confidence and contributed to his depression

Opening up: in his long discussion he explained how poor and unable to pay for dental care affected his confidence and contributed to his depression

Opening up: in his long discussion he explained how poor and unable to pay for dental care affected his confidence and contributed to his depression

Hard to handle: even with dental insurance, Jon said it cost him a whopping $ 4,000 to straighten his teeth
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Hard to handle: even with dental insurance, Jon said it cost him a whopping $ 4,000 to straighten his teeth

Hard to handle: even with dental insurance, Jon said it cost him a whopping $ 4,000 to straighten his teeth

Difficult times: Jon explained that he did not have dental insurance until he was well into adulthood

Difficult times: Jon explained that he did not have dental insurance until he was well into adulthood

Difficult times: Jon explained that he did not have dental insurance until he was well into adulthood

Looking back: Jon shared photos of himself during major life events and pointed out that he is smiling with his mouth shut in each of them

Looking back: Jon shared photos of himself during major life events and pointed out that he is smiling with his mouth shut in each of them

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Looking back: Jon shared photos of himself during major life events and pointed out that he is smiling with his mouth shut in each of them

Motivation: Jon said he was inspired to spend the money to fix his teeth because he had been ashamed of it almost his entire life

Motivation: Jon said he was inspired to spend the money to fix his teeth because he had been ashamed of it almost his entire life

Motivation: Jon said he was inspired to spend the money to fix his teeth because he had been ashamed of it almost his entire life

& # 39; But something else led me to spend it. I have been ashamed of my teeth for almost my entire life. I rarely smiled at posed photos & # 39; s, he said.

Jon shared countless photos of himself before getting his teeth fixed, including photos of him at his high school prom, his two graduates, and his best friend's wedding.

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All images have one thing in common – he laughs with his mouth shut.

& # 39; These are happy memories and I was happy with it, but I learned to smile without teeth because I was deeply ashamed of it & he said.

Self-confident: Jon refused to blink his teeth while posing with his date on his high school ball

Self-confident: Jon refused to blink his teeth while posing with his date on his high school ball

Self-confident: Jon refused to blink his teeth while posing with his date on his high school ball

Identical poses: he did not smile with his mouth open during one of his graduations

Identical poses: he did not smile with his mouth open during one of his graduations

Identical poses: he did not smile with his mouth open during one of his graduations
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Identical poses: he did not smile with his mouth open during one of his graduations

Identical poses: he did not smile with his mouth open during one of his graduations

Remember: Jon was uncomfortable and smiled cheerfully at his best friend's wedding (photo) or when he introduced his ex-fiancee

Remember: Jon was uncomfortable and smiled cheerfully at his best friend's wedding (photo) or when he introduced his ex-fiancee

Remember: Jon was uncomfortable and smiled cheerfully at his best friend's wedding or when he introduced his ex-fiance (photo)

Hold on: Jon was uncomfortable smiling at his best friend's wedding or when he introduced his ex-fiance (photo)

Hold back: Jon felt uncomfortable smiling his best friend's wedding (left) or introducing his ex-fiance (right)

Pattern: Jon had a smile with his mouth shut when he got papers to run to the congregation

Pattern: Jon had a smile with his mouth shut when he got papers to run to the congregation

Pattern: Jon had a smile with his mouth shut when he got papers to run to the congregation

& # 39; The shame of being poor, the shame of self-image, the shame of envy, and even now the shame of spending on treatment, have all weighed so heavily.

& # 39; By wearing all that shame, and training myself to not & # 39; to smile completely, and to put up with all that shame whenever I felt like smiling in public or on photos, I have a much deeper (and, to be honest, broader) depression . & # 39;

Jon said after he got home from his last orthodontist appointment, he felt overwhelmed and started crying.

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& # 39; It wasn't luck or sadness. But there it was: relief. Tens of years of these feelings are popping up at the same time, getting a name and being partially shed, "he said.

Heavy: Jon said that although they are happy memories, he learned to smile without showing his teeth because he was ashamed of it

Heavy: Jon said that although they are happy memories, he learned to smile without showing his teeth because he was ashamed of it

Heavy: Jon said that although they are happy memories, he learned to smile without showing his teeth because he was ashamed of it

Influence on his mental health: he admitted that shame had caused his depression

Influence on his mental health: he admitted that shame had caused his depression

Influence on his mental health: he admitted that shame had caused his depression

Emotional: Jon was so relieved with relief after his last appointment with the orthodontist that he cried
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Emotional: Jon was so relieved with relief after his last appointment with the orthodontist that he cried

Emotional: Jon was so relieved with relief after his last appointment with the orthodontist that he cried

Many thoughts: Jon explained that he had mixed emotions about the whole thing

Many thoughts: Jon explained that he had mixed emotions about the whole thing

Many thoughts: Jon explained that he had mixed emotions about the whole thing

It's only right: at the end of the discussion, Jon argued that everyone should have access to healthcare that includes dental, visual, mental and reproductive care

It's only right: at the end of the discussion, Jon argued that everyone should have access to healthcare that includes dental, visual, mental and reproductive care

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It's only right: at the end of the discussion, Jon argued that everyone should have access to healthcare that includes dental, visual, mental and reproductive care

& # 39; I'm still processing it; go through old photos & # 39; s to find comparisons that have bred this post. It feels great, I'm glad I did it.

& # 39; It is also a shame to see what I had to do to get to a very simple place and to finally see everything connected as intertwined as it all was, & he added.

Jon ended the gripping Twitter thread by stating that all people should have access to dental health care.

& # 39; Dental care is healthcare is mental care; it's all connected, & he wrote. & # 39; Excluding people from care and benefiting from needs are pillars of capitalism and have no defense.

Inspired: fans went to the comment section to thank him for sharing his story

Inspired: fans went to the comment section to thank him for sharing his story

Inspired: fans went to the comment section to thank him for sharing his story

& # 39; We need a # Medicare4All that includes dentistry, vision, mental, reproductive care, et al. Everything less is inhuman. & # 39;

Jon & # 39; s message has been liked more than 24,000 times, and fans went to the comments section to thank him for sharing his story.

& # 39; Thanks for sharing, I have shown this to a friend who has serious dental problems with a freelancer's income and is having a hard time. She really appreciated this thread, & tweet one person.

Another added: & # 39; Thank you for sharing! My chompers aren't great either, and it's hard to really explain how a bunch of little facial bones can make someone so unhappy. & # 39;

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