My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

 Mairi from Manchester, England

I'm 35 and have just come home from the orthodontist having had my bottom ceramic brace put on. I feel as though my mouth is full of stuff and that my bottom lip is sticking out loads over the brackets but I seem to look ok in the mirror.

The wax helps a lot. It's going to be hard giving up blackcurrant squash - I live on that stuff! I'm a modern languages teacher and decided to wait until the start of the summer holidays before getting my braces fitted - and I'm very glad I did as I'm not sure how much oral language modeling I could do if I had to work tomorrow...

I have always wanted to get my bottom teeth straightened but thought it was too late, being an adult, until I met a parent of one of my pupils at parents' evening who had braces and I thought 'Wow! - adults can do it too....?' And that was just a few months ago. The worst thing is going to be having the palatal expander as I'm told that really will affect my speech, but I do have four weeks to get used to it before going back to work. Short term pain, long term gain! I didn't expect it to be easy, and I don't think it will be, but this website has been a real find and it's great to know I'm not going through this on my own.

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