Alysia from London,
Well, after much dithering
over the summer I decided to go ahead with braces, mainly to
correct the teeth on either side of my front two teeth.
These teeth have been gradually moving forward thanks to my
age (I am 38) and are beginning to protrude. (Once I had the
braces on I was so glad I hadnít waited any longer, as it
would prove quite difficult to close my lips over the
brackets on these two teeth.)
I opted for ceramic braces and
was relieved to discover that the orthodontist only wanted to do
the top row initially. I had had the bright idea of taking a
small radio with earphones in with me, so I listened to that
while they put the lip spreaders on, cleaned my teeth thoroughly
and applied the brace. It was a great distraction, even though
the procedure was more uncomfortable than painful.
When the orthodontist fitted
the arch wire it felt like it was really sticking out, whereas
in fact it was the ceramic brackets I could feel. The two little
hook shapes on the top of each bracket really dug into my upper
lip. Still, it didnít look too bad, and a day on, I am feeling
discomfort but no pain. Grinning is tricky as I have to clear
the brackets with my top lip then close my mouth over them
again. I am told the teeth start to move quite quickly, so I am
hoping the protruding ones move back soon. In the meantime I am
developing a new throaty laugh to replace the grin!
Cleaning is the biggest bother
Ė even a smooth tomato soup left bits in the brace, but I have
discovered that a water pick (a gadget that jets water across
your teeth) gets the scraps out. I think I am going to lose
weight, as there definitely wonít be any eating between meals!
Finally, I am so grateful for
this website, which made me feel so much better about getting
braces. I have recommended it to my orthodontist to help put
future clients at their ease.
(editor's note: :-D