My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

 Debra from Worcs, UK

I'm 32 years old and have always hated my teeth, I have crowding on the bottom set, but it's the crowding on the top set which I hate the most as I have a massive overbite. I was offered braces when I was at school but turned them down because I was too scared to have 4 healthy teeth out. However I've recently decided that I'm old enough to deal with that bit, so over the last 2 weeks I've had all four removed! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, although I was really unlucky and got dry socket in one of the holes, which has been really painful.

Anyway, yesterday I had my lower brace fitted. It didn't hurt at all, and to be honest, the weirdest thing at the moment (which no one else on this website seems to have mentioned) is that my dentist put 'spacers' on my back molars to reduce my bite. Not quite sure why, he did explain it but I didn't really understand. Anyway this bit feels really weird because I can't close my mouth normally, and eating is a real challenge! Fortunately these spacers will disappear in the next fortnight, I can't wait for them to go!!!

The teeth feel quite tender, and my gums are too, I've already been using the wax! I hope the next few days will be ok, but I'm so glad I've done it and am on the way to a beautiful smile at last!

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