Ian from England
First of all, thanks for
producing such an informative and well-maintained website;
it's keeping me company as I embark on the adventure of
having braces fitted at the age of 38. As a teenager I wore
a removable retainer to move my prominent upper canines into
line, and at the time was offered orthodontic work on my
very crooked and crowded lower teeth. Being a youngster and
only thinking in the short-term I stupidly refused and it's
taken until now to get my teeth in order.
As I write this I have been
wearing Damon braces on my upper and lower teeth for just under
a week. Damon braces have no elastic ligatures - the archwire
runs through 'tunnels' in the bonded brackets - and for this I'm
very grateful; one less thing to clean!
There was some pain for the
first two or three days which was easily eased with paracetamol
(I can't take Ibuprofen) but now, apart from sensitivity when I
chew, my braces are starting to feel like part of me. In fact
they feel quite comforting - working away at my perfect smile
over the next two years while I just go about my daily life.
I run my own pub so I face
large numbers of the public every day. Do I feel self-conscious?
No, not really - in fact, I tend to forget I have them and beam
at customers as they come in as always. It's only the look of
slight puzzlement on some faces that reminds me I have a
mouthful of gleaming metal!
Here's an unexpected
side-benefit of wearing braces: At the grand old age of 38 I'm
ashamed to admit that I still bite my fingernails. This looks
totally daft on a grown man and introduces all sorts of nasty
bugs into my system (I always seem to have a cold). Now, thanks
to the metalwork, I CAN'T BITE THEM! No matter how I try my
fingers simply won't get close enough to my fenced-off teeth.
Already, in less than a week, the habit is nearly broken.