My name is Raven, I'm 22 from
Leesburg, VA and I wanted to share with you my story of the
first day getting my braces.
Before even getting the braces
on, I endured a lot of dental work including many extractions to
help clear up some space so the orthodontist could do what she
needed to do. All in all, I had six teeth removed (4 were
wisdoms) in order to free up some space and it took me close to
a year for just the dental stuff. After they healed, I had my
initial consultation in March 2004 with the orthodontist who
outlined my treatment. After months of debating, I finally took
the plunge to have it done. In July I had my first appointment
and had a jaw impression done, x-rays, photos and spacers but on
my back molars. Those were extremely painful!
In addition to that, she put in
an expander on my top jaw so widen my teeth. Everyday I had to
take a key and turn it so that it would slowly widen my jaw to
where it should be. My mouth was too small and I had a lot of
overlapped and crooked teeth which made me feel so embarrassed
and also was starting to cause dental hygiene problems as well.
On August 23, 2004 I had the actual braces put on and
surprisingly even though there was some slight discomfort, it
was not all that painful. The pain came from the soreness over
the next few days afterwards. I had the metal ones put on and so
it caused some mouth abrasions as well that truly hurt. That
took a while to get used to and the wax was helpful but I got
used to it so they limited how much they gave me so I could get
used to wearing them without the wax.
After only 4 months I noticed a
drastic change in the way my teeth were starting to shape. I
kept up my appointments every month as followed and I was so
thrilled with the progress, even though at times it was a bit
painful. The self image issues I had since childhood about my
appearance were slowly starting to fade away. I was initially
concerned that my social life would be compromised slightly by
this new appliance in my mouth, but it didnít in any way. I
still have my friends and go on dates, some people even find it
cute and it can make a great conversation piece.
I should only have them on a
few more months and then they are off and I can't wait!
Thanks for allowing me to share
my story, hopefully this way other young adults wont feel so
self conscious about getting them on. It's well worth the