My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

 Laura from Birmingham, UK

I'm 28 next month, so I decided to set myself a goal - by the time I'm 30, I'm going to have lovely straight teeth - I'm going to have a party and really have something to celebrate! No more crooked teeth!

I sat in my Orthodontists waiting room on Monday just gone chattering away nervously to the receptionist, my stomach was churning! I was filled with a combination of fear and excitement!

Then I got called in - the whole process of fitting the appliance didn't take as long as I thought it would and it wasn't painful at all. I was fully reclined in the chair, I was tempted to shut my eyes and have a nap - probably wouldn't be a good idea though. My Ortho put the lip spreader thingy into my mouth (amazing how wide your mouth can open!) and then popped a few bits of cotton wool in - which for me was the worst part, cotton wool between the teeth is not a nice sensation. Then, we were away - he cleaned and dried my teeth, then three-at-a-time blobbed on the glue and stuck on my ceramic brackets, each time setting them with a blue light - top and bottom. I chose to have the coated archwire which is basically tooth coloured, and clear ligatures. It was the strangest feeling when he took away the lip spreader, and I felt my braces for the first time - they felt HUGE!! My Ortho offered me the mirror "No thankth" I Iisped! At that moment, I could have cried.

The nurse took me into a nice little room and had a chat with me about cleaning the braces and about foods and drinks to avoid - then she put on a short film for me to sit and watch - I think it was more aimed towards kids, which didnt make me feel too great. There was a mirror in the room, and this is where I had my first glimpse of me! In braces! It didnt look too bad actually!

That night, I didn't sleep too well - I woke in the middle of the night with a dull ache around all my teeth. In the morning, I had some porridge (mmm...soft), took a couple of ibuprofen and I was ok again.
I'm on day four now, the aching isn't too bad at all - and when I do feel it, I dont mind because I think that means its working and my teeth are moving, and gradually turning into the smile I want. I'm still eating soft food, its still a bit too sensitive to chew. Today was my first day back in work - everyone knew I was getiing it done so when I walked in, they all called "lets have a look then...........oh go on!" and I showed them! Everyone was fascinated for the first 10 minutes, then it was all back to normal! Why was I so worried about going back to work??!!

The truth is, they dont look as big or bad as they feel. They're not as noticeable as you think they are. I'm so excited about seeing my teeth change over the duration and I know I'll feel fantastic when it's time to unveil the new me! DO IT!!

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