My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

 Jennifer from Atlanta, Georgia

I had them put on yesterday afternoon. I wore braces as a teenager and have been in orthodontics since I was eight. I always wore my retainer, but I was bad about getting some adjustments. My teeth had shifted some, but my orthodontist (same one since childhood) could also correct more now with newer technology. I never thought I would make this decision, but I did and I know I will be glad for it in the end!

I am a bit self conscious more so than I thought I would be. I am not so much around co-workers, but I am a university professor, and my students are having a lot of fun with it (in a very kind-hearted way, but it does make me conscious). My teeth hurt, and I knew to expect that from having them before. Eating is hard right now, but maybe I will lose the few extra pounds I have been struggling to lose! The inside of my cheeks are torn up and very tender. I had to talk a lot in one of my classes today and really started feeling it then. I know they will toughen up soon. I also know I can wear the wax, which my orthodontist reminded me of, but I have never liked it. He laughed at the fact that I still don't care to wear it and will "tough it out."

I have worried about the impact on my dating life some, but if someone doesn't want to date me for something that is temporary and contributes to the overall betterment of my appearance then that is their issue (at least that is what I am telling myself right now!). I am lucky in that I only have to wear them for a year. Now where is my ibuprofen?

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