Erin from Denver, Colorado
Reading this site has been so
therapeutic – thank you, everyone, for sharing. I am on the
third day of my braces and this morning woke up in pain and
looking like I had the mumps. Ibuprofen and not looking in
the mirror has helped me feel better as the day has gone on.
This has been a bit of a traumatic experience overall –
financially and emotionally, but B-Day as I call it was not
too terrible in of itself. Like many of you, I just keep
thinking of the end result. My braces are for “dental/ortho”
reasons, not cosmetic, but I know I will look better in the
end. Ironically, I am getting tips on how to live with
braces from my two nieces who are 13 and 15 who also have
braces and share the same orthodontist! We have an even
stronger family resemblance now.
Last night some friends took me
dinner at a great Brazilian place. One of the waiters was very
good-looking and charming, but it wasn’t until he came closer
and started talking about the specials that I noticed he had
braces on his bottom teeth! I was so mesmerized that he had to
repeat everything because I hadn’t heard it the first time.
Later, when he came back, he
asked if my teeth were hurting and said that he could tell that
I’d just gotten them by the way I was moving my lips over them!
He sympathized and said he’d just gotten a new wire, so his were
hurting too. He had already gotten the top ones removed and his
teeth looked great. It felt like we were in a little club
together and also gave me hope that there are understanding
people (even “hot” men) out there going through the same thing.
A good morale boost.