My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

 Heather from Nebraska


Well, after many, many years of complaining about my smile, all the excuses of I didn't have money, time, etc etc., I finally broke down and got braced yesterday.

I am 32 years old and thanks to this site, I have been well prepared for my first visit. I got to my appt. at 9:20 in the morning, where of course, the office was running a little late. Then as I was waiting, the dental assistant was assisted into the ortho's office by the front desk gal! I asked the gal that helped her in if she was OK. I guess she had surgery a few days ago and got all shakey and nauseous, so she had to lie down! Great, I was thinking, who is gonna work on my mouth now?

The ortho comes out and asks one of the gals that works at the front desk to help him with me! I was a little freaked out, since I was a little nervous anyways about the whole thing, but to have someone a little inexperienced help out?! Anyway, I got in the chair, and what should have taken an hour was over 2 hours. A little slow, since he had to explain everything to my new "assistant".

Finally got the tops and bottoms on, and the spacers in. Had to have 9 put in! So far, my teeth haven't ached or hurt at all! Maybe it was the 4 ibuprofen I took before my appt, and soon thereafter also. The only part that hurts is the brackets are tearing up the inside of my lips pretty good. I've used a ton of wax already.

My family and co-workers have been all really supportive, even bringing in snacks to the office that I can eat! So far, it's been a great experience, and I can't wait to see the final results in 2 years! I know it will all be worth it in the end. Good luck to all you guys out there. Come on in, the water's fine!

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