Spring from Tennessee
My reason for getting braces
as an adults sounds like so many others: my parents didnít
have the money when I was growing up. It was always
something that bothered me so I decided I would do it when I
got older. I just turned 29 and Iím in day three of having
braces put on the top row of my teeth.
I started the process about 4 Ĺ
months ago. I have a cross bite and crowding so my dentist told
me I would have to wear a pallet stretcher to move my upper
teeth out before he would put the braces on. Let me tell you, I
hated wearing that thing! It made me talk like Cindy Brady!
Luckily, he gave me one I could pop in and out so I could eat.
Originally, he told me he thought I would only have to wear it
for four weeks Ė ten weeks later I was still wearing it. He was
going to have me wear it longer but when he saw the look on my
face after he said it, he decided to go ahead and put the braces
They only did my top row
because he said if he did both rows, to start, they would ďchase
each other.Ē Iím still not sure what that means. Heíll put the
bottom ones on in about 12 weeks. I was in my car going back to
work after having them put on and I was a little concerned they
werenít doing anything because I thought I would feel tightness
right away. I thought they had to ďtightenĒ the wire to make it
work. Until I found this website, I didnít understand how the
wires worked. About 5 hours after having them on, I started to
feel the tightness and pain. Then I knew they were working! I
was stupid and tried to eat a bagel sandwich when I got home
that evening Ė DONíT DO THIS! I had a lot of pain after that
(and wasnít able to eat more than a couple of bites). When I
woke up on day two I had a lot of pain. I took three Advil and
once it kicked in, I only felt slight pressure. The second day
was definitely the worst of the pain. This morning when I woke
up (day three), there wasnít much pressure or pain at all.
Overall, itís been absolutely
worth it. I would do it again because Iím so looking forward to
having straight teeth and a beautiful smile. If youíre still
trying to decide - go for it!