A roller skating accident at
the age of 12 not only busted my lip and caused quite an
embarrassment, but left my teeth obviously crooked. The
medical terminology I could not tell you, but I can say that
1 front tooth almost didn't make it and there were several
instances of buckling that occurred. My front tooth
eventually turned dark. I rarely smiled in high school or
college. The summer before I graduated from college, I saved
the money necessary to pay for a porcelain crown for my
front tooth. I graduated with a big smile, but my teeth were
still bucked and crooked. It took 22 years from my skating
accident to finally muster the courage to get braces. After
a few months of orthodontist and dental appointments, my
braces were just placed on Tuesday, June 27, 2006. I
survived. The process took only about 2 hours and was
painless. I walked out the office feeling as if I have
finally conquered a lifelong goal!
My 9 year old son was excited
to see that I had braces. For the first 24 hours he kept walking
up to me and asking me to smile. He would then giggle! My
coworkers did a double take. Many asked me if I always had
braces (strange?!) I was surprised to hear that many of them had
braces as an adult or knew another adult who wore braces. Many
still expressed that they had always wanted to have braces.
Hopefully, I inspired someone else! I did receive a bit of
teasing from my teenage nephew. Little does he know, he will be
getting braces next!
I went into the experience
expecting pain due to the pulling from the wires. On the
contrary, I do not have pain, only some discomfort which comes
from the hooks which are rubbing my gums and the inside of lips.
This only began to happen on the 3rd day. I am told that this
will go away soon and am taking pain relievers to assist with
What is most uncomfortable is
the inability to eat what I want. These few days have been
limited to soft foods like soups. Even still, getting a small
piece of vegetable or chicken stuck on a bracket is an ugly
site. Not to mention, it just feels horrible. I have been very
careful about brushing after each major meal. I am excited about
my journey ahead. I am more excited about my final results!
Thanks for this wonderfully