Yeah, so I’m 37 and need
braces. Can you sense my excitement? I have a 100% overbite
and this is causing “occlusions” and basically chipping away
my front teeth – top & bottom! I’d heard I needed braces 10
years ago (well, actually when I was little, but I didn’t
have the money then!) So, after putting this off, and
chipping both front teeth, here I sit in day 2 of braces!
Putting them on was really a
piece of cake (mmmm….cake……ugh…nevermind, it’ll take me 20
minutes to pick it out). The worst part was the cold water on
the back teeth. The technician who put mine on held the water
there a little too long (dork) as she was rinsing them and it
was like holding ice cream against the side of your tooth.
Regardless, the whole thing was uneventful. They had a mold that
had the brackets on it. Stuck the mold over my teeth for 5
minutes – pulled it off and there they were! One didn’t stick so
they had to stick it on again, but otherwise, it was
surprisingly effortless. I only had those lip stretchers on for
the beginning portion, but after that – simple! Oh, and the
office was pretty much 50% adults / 50% kids. I’d heard (oh cool
– I just found a piece of chicken from last night on my tongue!
I thought I got it all, but guess not!) – anyway, I’d heard 20%
adults, but in the metro area in Portland, OR. it’s almost 50%!
It’s day 2, I have zero pain
and I’m still waiting. I didn’t take anything to anticipate the
pain, I wanted to see if I would actually have any. I’ve read
everything from discomfort to getting hit in the face w/ a
baseball (which my othro. laughs at and says is not realistic).
[Editor's note: that really is how it felt for ME when I
first got them on!] My biggest concern now is not
staining them w/ coffee (have clear on top – bottoms go on in 4
mos. when there’s room – maybe that’s why I don’t feel the pain
– only have top so far). I bought the Sonicare toothbrush to aid
in cleaning, and now am in the market for a murse (man-purse) so
I can tote around my handy kit of tools, washes, pastes, waxes,
brushes, flosses, threaders, cleaners and the like.
I’m sure this will all be worth
it – and man are you right when you say people will tell you
their stories. I’m at work, and am getting the stories one after
the other! It’s like "oh my god you got braces, well me me me me
me, and when I I I , me me me me me me…." people are