I Got Braces at Age 50
by Helen in California
am a speech-language pathologist working in elementary school.
I had been thinking of getting braces for a number of years
but could never quite bring myself to the point of actually
too long ago one of my young kindergarten students was sitting
across the table from me and I was asking him to look at my
mouth in order to show him how to form a sound. He looked
attentively and then said: "Ms. O, you're missing a tooth
on the bottom." I replied that I was not missing a tooth
and went to look in the mirror.
enough, one of my lower front teeth was so far out of
alignment and crowded that it did look like I was missing a
tooth if my lip was slightly lowered. It wasn't long before I
went in for my ortho consultation. One thing is true about
children, they are always honest.
have ceramic braces on top and bottom to correct overcrowding
and rotations. I have always been self conscious about my
teeth although when I got my braces many friends asked
"Why?" They said they hadn't noticed anything wrong
with my teeth. My reply is always "Yes, but I did."
I do have several friends who are also in their fifties who
I got them I asked every adult I saw with braces whether they
were glad they did it and invariably they said
"Yes." A colleague of mine just got out of her
braces recently and her comment was that as speech
pathologists people are always having to look at our mouth and
teeth and that it made professional sense to have nice teeth.
Unfortunately I don't think I can take it as a professional
expense tax deduction!