My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

 Megan from California

I'm 18 years old and I just got braces yesterday. I have some gaps in my teeth and an overbite. I'm going to have braces for 12-18 months.

The process of getting braces on was not as painful as I thought. The worst part was when they glued the bracket to my teeth. The glue tasted really gross and made me want to throw up. I felt slight pressure right after my braces were on but later they started to hurt.

So far, my teeth really hurt. I've only been able to eat soup, yogurt, smoothies and ice cream which means that I've been STARVING for a day. Today I tried eating some pasta, which I had to cut up in small pieces and swallow whole.

It feels really weird when I try to chew and I can't put really any pressure on my teeth. Also the insides of my cheeks feel like they have been ripped out. The wax helps a little bit but I just need to get used to them. Hopefully it won't take too long to get used to, I don't know how much longer I can go on without solid foods!

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