Alison from Scotland
I got my new braces in on the
27th June 2005, I'm 16 now. I've been told I will only have
them for 12-18 months. That was fine by me to begin with,
now I'm hoping it wont take as long. It's annoying having to
clean them after every meal. At first, when I sat down in
the dentist's chair, I was offered different coloured bands,
being advised to choose a light colour like most people do
for their first time. I opted for a bright red, my mum now
calls me Marilyn Manson. I think they look okay...
First, the dentist put on the
glue, then I guess she put on metal plates, then a bracket.
Nothing hurt at all. She clipped in the wire, which only dug in
a bit at the ends, until she clipped it off, and I was worried
she would catch my mouth with the clippers. It was strange
having a sucker constantly in my mouth. Once she had the wire
in, she started to put on the bands, with a strange instrument
and twisted it a lot. It wasn't sore, just uncomfortable.
Once I was done, I rinsed my
mouth out, but forgot to spit it out, oh well. Looking at my new
braces I thought to myself "urgh..."...they're not the prettiest
of things, but so many people have them now that people would
barely notice. Making a new appointment at the reception desk I
barely opened my mouth. I'm not shy about them now, and I've
only had them for a few days.
They were great the first day,
not even sore, just strange and hard to chew. I woke up the next
morning and touched them gently with my finger. Oww they were
sore! I could barely eat at all that day, and only had soup and
mashed potato, I didn't chew anything, just swallowed. Next
night I had peas! They felt like chewing rocks! They are still
quite painful now, 3 days afterwards. I usually let my mouth sit
slightly ajar so they don't touch. Easier this way. I've banged
them a few times with cups and my hand, it's really painful. I
guess it would help if pain killers actually worked on me.