from Birmingham, UK
I am 52 years of
age and had my braces fitted yesterday. I had part of a
brace fitted when I was a young teenager but couldn’t stand
it and agreed with my parents to have it taken off. I have
regretted that decision for nearly 40 years. Over the past
year or so my protruding front teeth have started to cross
over. I spoke to my dentist who advised that I saw an
orthodontist. I saw him at our local hospital and decided to
go ahead and stick with it this time.
The braces took 45
minutes to fit and the treatment was painless. I have ceramics
on the front top and bottom teeth with metal on the back teeth.
So far so good. I was able to eat a fairly normal meal last
night of chicken potatoes and carrots. I also managed to sleep
O.K although I did wake up a couple of times and feel this alien
object in my mouth.
Today I have come
to work for the first time and I am feeling very self conscious.
I am a Finance Director of a large company and therefore a lot
of eyes are on me. Next week I am speaking to nearly 1000
colleagues so this is quite a challenge for me. I have to have
two teeth extracted next month and then the treatment can really
Because the teeth
need to be removed the orthodontist has put on a light arch wire
so I have no pain at this stage. Already I am getting used to
the brace and so far I have not needed the wax that I was given.
I know this will
be the best decision I have made for a long while. I have felt a
failure for so many years for not persevering when I was
younger. This is a second chance and the opportunity to have a
smile that I never thought would happen. It is never too late.