First off, love
this site. It will be your best friend in preparing for,
dealing with, and letting go of your braces.
I am 24, have a
girlfriend, a secure job, and very, VERY good parents. I've
always said if I stopped biting my fingernails, lost my beer
belly, and had perfect teeth that I would be a perfect catch.
Well, getting braces is, ironically I guess, making all those
happen. I'm in day three, and I know things will change, but I'm
eating less, as it is a chore. I'm also taking my time during
meals, which I never did before. Thus, I feel fuller quicker and
stop eating. I also prepare my meals now, so I am saving money
I also can't bite
my fingernails. It's literally impossible with my braces on. So,
my main question before getting them was pain...I still haven't
had my extractions, which will suck I bet, but the braces part
wasn't horrible. No real pain, just throbbing and annoyances.
Fragile would be the word. Also, the spacers, as everyone says,
are the worst. You can't bite, they hurt, you get a headache.
Yuck. What I'm getting used to is waking up and feeling 20
different things every minute. From my diction changing a
little, to headaches, to sadness, to depression, to anticipation
of looking good, to the thought, the dream, of biting into an
apple again, it's already been a rollercoaster.
Really be sure you
either need them or want them. Your lips will be all cut up
(I've played trumpet in the country's best college marching band
so I know lip pain), your sex life won't blossom, your food will
suck, and your smile will smell, but it will be worth it. Just
think about the END!!!