36 and braced?
I always wanted to have
braces. Basically for 2 reasons, One, I thought braces looked
really cool and two, my teeth are horribly crooked. I always
dreamed of that perfect smile. Finally, at 36, I took the
plunge. I was extremely excited the day of my appointment and
couldn't wait to start my 2-1/2 year journey. I was very
anxious to get those spacers out!!! I had 3 previous
appointments before this one, consultations and molds and
records were taken, but the day had finally come. I sat in
that chair thinking that I was going to look so cute in my new
silver metal look! They spread my mouth open with a lip
stretcher, I sat there thinking that my lips were never going
to look normal again!
They prepared my teeth with 3
different things, which by the way, were nasty tasting. He
carefully positioned each bracket and then zapped them with a
blue light thing. When that was done, they wired me up. I
could feel "tightness" each time he placed the wire
in the bracket. In about an hour I was done! Top and bottom
done! It was the weirdest feeling I have ever known! The
pressure was kinda weird, but bearable! I was ready to get out
of that chair and see my new look, after all, I loved wearing
silver and it looks good on me!
Finally! Mirror time! I
looked into that mirror and was appalled at what I saw staring
back at me! Who the heck was that? I looked hideous! My braces
were all over, up down, up, down up.........it was horrible! (editor's
note: I had the same reaction when mine first went on because
they were not in line with each other, either). They
looked huge in my mouth. Surely "the sample
brackets" were much smaller! "What have I
done?" was all that I could think. He reassured me and
told me that teeth moved very quickly and in 2 weeks time the
brackets should be about even with each other, so the
"pumpkin look" wouldn't be for long. I was soooo
embarrassed. My 16-year-old son was the first to see me.
"TRAIN WRECK!" were the first words that came out of
his mouth!!! I knew then I was in for a LONG haul!
The first week was horrible.
I couldn't and still can't close my mouth completely. I have a
deep bite and my top braces hit my bottom brackets before my
jaw closes. Eating has been everything but interesting. Mash
Potatoes, oatmeal and cream of wheat are the existence of what
diet I have left. It produced a weight loss of about 5 lbs.!!!
No complaints there :) Because of the back hoe that I thought
was hard at work digging out my cheeks and my tongue getting
stuck on my band, I was beginning to question the decision I
I am anxiously looking
forward to the goal ahead, but wax and Motrin are close at my
side for the present time. This is week 2 for me and I have to
admit it is much, much better. I don't have to use wax
anymore, eating is getting better and I am not so embarrassed
about my braces being crooked. My teeth have moved
considerably in the last week and the "pumpkin look"
is just about gone. I am completely satisfied with the
decision I made and feel it was well worth the money. :)
However, I might feel differently the next time he ties them
Go for it!!!