Well, I got my braces on a
few days ago. I had spacers put in a couple of weeks ago.
Because my teeth have no space in the back (all gaps in the
front), the ortho had to put in metal spacers. The assistant
was only able to get to rubber ones in when she tried. I
actually had 2 different ones try. Thank goodness they were
gentle with me or I probably would not have returned.
Anyway, on "The
Day," the assistant removed the rubber spacers and the
ortho removed the metal ones. The assistant explained every
step before they did anything. She began by fitting brackets
around the back molars. She put a guard in my mouth which kept
my mouth open while she worked. She cleaned by teeth a little
and added a solution to my teeth which would help the cement
adhere to my teeth and then told the ortho she was ready to
The ortho put on the brackets
and then my ligatures were put on. I didn't try to do anything
too trendy. So, I played conservative and asked for silver. I
have metal on top and bottom. At first, I wanted clear on top
but after talking with the assistant she told me that they
were larger than the metal ones, make your lips protrude more,
and depending on the bands sometimes would look dingy. I had
seen a couple other people with clear and they did seem
bulkier so I opted for the metal.
After getting everything done
and the ortho returning to inspect, I felt really great that
at age 37, I had done something which I have wanted to do
seriously since I was in my early twenties. I hate I didn't
get them then and I always put it off because of expenses,
marriage, pregnancy, etc.
My daughter is 8 and she's
wanting to know when she can get braces. I tease that I'll
have mine paid off by the time she's ready. She says I look
like a teenager. I can deal with that.
I must say, eating has been
another story altogether. My teeth have been v-e-r-y sensitive
and the tops hurt more than the bottom. I've tried to eat as I
can. Finding this site has helped because of the many
suggestions of soft foods to try and things to do to ease some
of the mouth irritations. I can't wait until I can chew
without the discomfort.
So, two days into this, is it
still worth it? Definitely......If I could do anything over in
my life, which nothing ever comes to mind, getting braces
sooner would be it. Although, I don't think I would feel the
same amount of accomplishment as I do now.