My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

Elsie from Florida

I cannot begin to tell you how much this Web site helped me before I went in for braces. I knew exactly what to expect and it was much less intimidating than it could have been. First, I'm 31 years old and have been putting off getting braces for the past several years. I needed them as a kid, but we never had the money.

Let me just say, everything you all said was true - right down to the terrible taste of the glue! Yuk! I've had my braces for a little less than a week now and I'm doing great. I actually think the spacers were worse. I have clear on top and in a couple of months I'll get metal on bottom. Expected treatment is 18-24 months. I didn't have any real trouble eating, just need to avoid the list of foods the doctor gave me. Other than that, I could pretty much eat anything on the first day. I have a couple of small sores where my mouth is getting used to the braces, but it's more discomfort than real pain.

To anyone who's thinking about getting braces, DO IT! Nobody really even notices mine and, if they do, they are very supportive. I think we assume people notice things about us way more than they actually do. How often do you really dwell on someone else's teeth? Chances are you've forgotten someone has braces the minute they walk away. Same will go for you. I still have a long road ahead of me, but I think it's going to pass by in a flash. Oh, and I can already see where my teeth have started moving! Very cool! Good luck!

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