from New Jersey
My story is similar to
others. I was about to turn 33 and knew I needed braces since
I was 12, but of course due to being so pricey, put it off. I
figured I trade a small part of my vanity to not be in debt.
Well, it all started with my
11-year-old son getting braces (boy did he have all kind of
problems -- inherited from Mama of course), and the
orthodontist is a really sweet older guy who of course made it
a point to check out my mouth every time we talked and
"suggested" it. He said he could give me a discount
on some clear ones so after a sigh, I said okay, whatever.
Well, it wasn't as easy as
PRESTO. After much preparation and 4 extractions --I leaned my
son wasn't being so dramatic with all the physical ailments he
had -- actually mine were probably worse! It took almost 4
hours to do everything (top and bottom same time) and I had a
bite plate put in for 3 months (which he didn't mention). I
couldn't chew or eat much solid food for 2 months literally! I
lost 15 pounds -- now this would be good if you wanted the
weight off, but I'm already petite!
I kicked myself over and over
for why did I go through this torture when people would
always say your teeth aren't THAT crooked (probably being
polite). My first day was miserable!!! A lot of painkillers,
starvation, and feeling like that geeky 12 year old again. I'd
never thought I would get used to the feeling or being able to
eat real FOOD again.
Needless to say, 9 months
later I am so used to them I forget a lot of times, and no one
ever mentions them if they do notice! I think I look much
younger though some people think my son is my brother!!