I'm glad they aren't as bad as you thought Bracedforbraces
I hope that you have been able to expand on your meals and eat normally again!
I hope that this is normal... With just over three weeks until my brace fitting appointment I find myself with cold feet. I have concerns about whether I'm doing the right thing, whether I will be able to take the pain, the change in my appearance with the braces on and a big part of me is freaking out about the orthodontist themselves! I have trouble choosing which brand of tomato sauce to buy never mind selecting someone to place full trust in with my teeth and a hefty chunk of my bank balance. Ahhhh
it's fine to feel like this. i too had cold feet leading up to my brace day. i almost called the ortho office and cancelled even on the day of my appointment. despite this, i decided to go through with it and i must say i felt like a very heavy burden had been lifted off my shoulder the day i walked out of the ortho office with my braces on. now, just over 3 months in, i have no regrets.
regarding any change in appearance, people will notice your braces and it might be the topic of discussion for about 10 mins but after that, no one really cares.