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).
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?
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?