from Madrid, Spain
I'm 23 years old
and today I got braces. I wore one of those removable things
(retainers?) when I was a kid, but of course it was useless
and didn't do much. I have crossbite and that will affect my
gums in as little as 3 years' time, giving me serious gum
problems. This was the main reason I was advised to wear
braces, but I actually went to the dentist because I was
unhappy with the way my teeth looked.
That was four
months ago, when I should've got the braces put on. But I was so
scared I kept delaying it until today. The process itself was
painless (and I need Valium just to tame my nerves every time I
go to the dentist!!), and only took around 40 mins. The dentist
told me it would be done in stages. Today I got my upper teeth
done, and only the front bit- the bit you can actually see, I'm
having ceramic ones and the bits you can't see will be metallic
because it's better material. She put the glue and stuck the
pieces one by one, and then put the wire through. After that she
put the ligatures (small elastics that go around the brackets).
Oh, and the spacers.....have you ever had pieces of meat stuck
between your back teeth? Yeah, well, this is the same, only it's
elastics not meat.
Four hours later
I'm in my room writing this. It's starting to hurt slightly (the
worst will come tomorrow), but I've managed soup for dinner.
I'm a responsible, mature adult who's been through tough
experiences and is able to cope with many difficult situations
in life. But I have to say that, although I'm happy I made this
decision and will be grateful for the rest of my life, right now
I can't stop crying. Because I'm wearing braces and my self
confidence is suffering. Sorry if I sound vain, I'm only being
P.S. thanks ever
so much for the site, it has and will continue to help me
through my time with braces.