I am a 36-year-old bloke living
and working in London and got braced on the 23 March so by the
time this is posted it will have been over a month. One down and
11 to go!
The “bracing” process was
actually quick and completely painless. Have got Damon 3’s on
both upper and lower teeth and, as a lot of you probably know,
they come ready made and are applied by slotting plastic trays
containing the brackets onto your teeth and then getting the
trays off and, somehow, the braces are stuck to your teeth. The
arch wire is then threaded through. Very slick.
The first day was quite a novel
experience. The braces felt weird rather than uncomfortable and
talking was only slightly difficult. The next few days were a
lot less fun, however, as the novelty soon wore off. I got quite
a few sore mouth ulcers from where the brackets were rubbing
against my cheek and I seemed to be applying dental wax
constantly. Eating was sore and difficult and brushing was
tedious and time-consuming. My mouth felt continually painful
and never seemed to be clean. I seriously wondered how I was
going to stand a year of this and, if I could have removed them
then and there, I would have done so.
By coincidence I was booked to
go on a skiing holiday two days after being braced, although
when the time came there was nothing I felt like doing less.
However, I went and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
I was so busy skiing and falling and trying not to fall that it
took my mind off my mouth for large parts of the days. And,
magically, by about day 5 the sores began to heal over, the
brace somehow felt less cumbersome and I found myself beginning
to forget that I was wearing it.
It is now 12 days since I
started wearing the Damons and I can honestly say that I hardly
notice them and, when I do, they certainly aren’t painful. Yep,
I get a few double takes and have had a few comments at work
such as “Good lord, what have you got in your mouth” but no-one
has actually thrown anything (!) or backed away in fright.
So, all in all, it isn’t going
to be too bad and I guess if the point of these stories is –
partly - to help others decide whether or not to go ahead with
the process, then I would say yes. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t
wearing them but a year (or even two) goes by fast and, if I
didn’t do this, I know that I would regret it. Also, I’m hoping
that in the months to come my teeth will gradually look better
and that, in itself, will make the process seem all the more
Best of luck to all.