Braces After 40, My Experience

Well, I only have about 22 more months to go. Twenty-two months to go for what, you ask? I am already counting down the amount of time until I get my braces off.

Yes, that’s right! Two months ago today I took the plunge and got braces. Actually, this is my official announcement. The only one’s that knew before today are my immediate family and friends that I have run into since getting them. I have been a bit apprehensive about it. But not anymore!

Getting braces has been a bit of an adjustment. But, I am not complaining!

It has been something that I have wanted/needed to do for several years. But, let’s face it the cost is outrageous (in my opinion)! Will it be worth it? I believe so.

My jaw is out of alignment and I have a terrible overbite. My top front 2 teeth are tipped back. Through the years they tipped back even further. This bothered me so much that I wouldn’t smile showing my teeth or I covered my mouth with my hand when talking with friends. I guess you could say I was a bit self-conscious (or a lot).

Tamara OKC Mom of 3

When I got my braces, the technician handed me a folder. In it was a paper with all of the things I couldn’t eat like:

Gum, Sticky Candy, Hard Candy, Gummy Candy, Nuts, Popcorn, Bagels, Pizza Crust, Jerky, Pretzels, Doritos, Apples, Carrots

And have much less of things like:

Candy (didn’t the above already count all candy out?), Ice Cream, Cookies, Cake, Pie, Foods with sugar, Sodas and other drinks with sugar

So what can I have? Looking at the list it doesn’t look like I can have much at all. What a great diet plan? But, I have still have plenty of food choices. Plus since I am anxious to brush my teeth right after I eat we are also eating out a lot less. Cutting expenses! And that is a great thing!

Even though changing my diet has been an adjustment, there are also a few other things that I have realized I can’t do while wearing braces.

1. I can’t shovel it in anymore. I knew I needed to eat smaller bites and eat more slowly, but it happened abruptly when I got my braces. This isn’t a bad thing, but it is something that I have laughed about.

2. I can’t whistle anymore. From time to time I will whistle at my husband (yes even after all of these years we still flirt) but realized quickly that it isn’t possible with braces. Oh bummer! Sorry Darlin, but just think what pretty straight teeth I’ll have after all of this then I will whistle again.

3. I can’t rub my lips together when applying lipstick. I wear lipstick daily, so this has also been an adjustment. It takes a little more time especially so that I don’t have it all over my teeth. Because after-all who likes telling someone that they have lipstick on their teeth.

4. I can’t just take them off, not that I thought I’d be able too. But before getting braces I wore a bite guard & it could be removed. At times I reach to take the braces off. Silly, huh?

Braces Day 1

It is really hard for me to show you these pictures because I don’t like my teeth or smile at all. This has also been a bit of an emotional journey for me, not in a bad way. It is almost like a relief that I have finally started this journey. I don’t think my family even realizes how much so. And I started writing about getting braces at one month but just wasn’t ready. Now I am finally doing it. There is no backing out now! Plus, so far this has been positive experience. I have already been to my second appointment and things are looking good. Movement can already be seen. Yeah!

Have you had braces as an adult? What has your experience been like? What are some pro’s and con’s that you have experienced?

Creative K Kids


  1. Mommy123 says:

    You did it! You stepped out of your comfort zone! Goos job! Thank you for sharing your journey. I haven’t done the braces thing, yet. I do hope that someday I will be able to. Perhaps when the kids are grown and out of the house. LOL

  2. I had braces when I was a kid. They actually started me way too young. As an adult, you couldn’t tell I had braces. I have had dentists tell me that Imust not have worn my retainer, like I should have. Nope, my parents made sure I followed all instruction. It just wasnt long enough and my teeth shifted together in the front. I am glad you have the ability to get your teeth fixed theyw ay you want them to be. Age is not a factor, especially if it makes a difference to you. Who cares what everyone else thinks?

    • TamaraWillis says:

      Liz, thanks for the positive words & I can’t imagine going through braces more than once, but I have heard of others doing it.
      Did you ever get colorful at your appointments? I am considering it.

  3. So great you went ahead and did something that will make you happier! I have had a gap in my teeth for years and only recently was able to get them fixed using Invisalign. It was a lot of work and persistence but the results paid off! I”m sure you will be ecstatic about your smile after those 22 months :)!

    • TamaraWillis says:

      Ana, are you still in Invisalign? I wasn’t a candidate for Invisalign. I can’t wait to see my smile in another 22 months :-)

  4. Becky Johnson says:

    So happy you are happy with the results already! I know how it feels to have something weighing on you, even if others don’t know it or see. Thanks for sharing. I don’t know if you realize it, but I’m sure you have made many others feel more comfortable about sharing things they were apprehensive about! <3

  5. I had braces as a kid and then Invisalign again as an adult because my bottom teeth shifted pretty badly and was causing flossing/gum problems. (FYI, wear that retainer when you are done everyday!)

    I know it’s a big change but hope you are happy with the results!

    • TamaraWillis says:

      Yes Tanya it is a big change but I am happy. I will make sure to wear my retainer. Since you’ve had braces & Invisalign which did you like better?

  6. You have a lovely smile and won’t regret the braces! No chewy foods or crunchies—guess you have to stick to lots of ice cream. ;)

  7. I have the jaw alignment issue/overbite and was told that Invisalign won’t do anything for that so I need actual braces. I’m 32 and I am going to do it when the time is right! I am really nervous though! Thank you for sharing. I’m a little jealous that you started your journey before me. ;)

    • TamaraWillis says:

      Brandy that is why I wasn’t a candidate for the Invisalign. My jaw is out of alignment & I also have a 100% overbite. So it sounds like we are in the same boat. I can’t wait til you get braces too. Instead of being jealous consider me the guinea pig LOL ;-)

  8. I would be super bummed about not being able to eat pizza crust, nuts, or bagels. That is a deal-breaker for me! I totally commend you. It sounds like you have it down pretty well, but I’m sure this wasn’t an easy over-night adjustment. You are going to be so excited with the results though! I can’t wait to see updates in the future!!

    • TamaraWillis says:

      Jessica I decided that cutting out those few things is a short term sacrifice for something much bigger. And I am anxious to update with results. Thanks for stopping by

  9. Well Tamara, You must be four months into this journey by now. How is it going? I am 48 and I will be getting my braces on in two weeks. I first looked into braces about 15 years ago when we got braces for my daughter. As a stay at home mom it was just not something we could afford to do at the time. However, being able to stay home and raise my children was a wonderful blessing and all the sacrifices were well worth it to me. Today I am a sixth grade teacher and I want to look my best so I decided it was time. One of my concerns is: will I have difficulty talking at first? I hope my students will be able to understand me and that this does not interfere with my ability to communicate clearly. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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