My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

 Deborah from New Jersey

My name is Deborah and I live in New Jersey. I got my braces on 2 days ago. The decision to have braces was not an easy one for me as I had got used to my crocked and crowded teeth. However, after finding out that one of my front teeth was dead or would be soon, a decision had to be made as to how best to proceed - extract the tooth and get an implant which would be crooked forever or get my teeth straightened and then have an implant. Due to the overcrowding I also had to have 4 molars extracted.

At this point there was no turning back. So here I am 2 days into the process and not enjoying the journey at all. Eating is a pain both literally and figuratively but it also means cleaning which is time consuming and hurts. Pain killers help. So far only soft foods for me. The bottom brackets have become less noticeable but the top ones still feel like I have pebbles attached to my teeth. Have started to use the wax. I am sure the end result will be worth the pain and discomfort. Watch this space...

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