My First Day in Braces

experiences of ArchWired readers

Shay from Illinois

Call me a little crazy, but I have been looking forward to this day for 13 years. Anyhow, about one month ago I told my dentist I was unhappy with my smile. My dentist then referred me to a new, young, orthodontist. At my first meeting with the orthodontist, we took all the X-rays and impressions and such. At my next visit, my orthodontist informed me I'd either need to have the four premolars extracted or wear rubber bands. I opted for the extractions because at 26, I did not want a mouth full of rubber bands -- and I thought the extractions would be more effective for my treatment. The following week, my dentist extracted the four teeth (over a two day period). Although there was no pain, there was a bit of swelling in my lips for a few hours afterward. The following week I was due to have my braces!

So today I walked into my orthodontist's office eager and ready to get the process started. I decided to go with the clear brackets on top and metal on bottom. The entire process only took an hour. The only negative aspect I can think of is tasting the bonding agent that is put on the teeth, but I was quickly ushered to a sink to wash out my mouth. (editor's note: that stuff is really nasty tasting!) After leaving the office, my stomach started to growl so I thought Chinese food would be easy to eat, maybe Lo Mein, but that didn't work out too well. I ended up opening a can of chicken noodle soup and I recommend the same to all the first timers! I'll wait one more day or two before trying something other than soup, noodles, pudding, or ice cream!

I've told most of my co-workers about my new look, and they are looking forward to seeing me. A few close friends know about the braces. In fact, a friend that does know called (while I was picking up my Chinese food) and laughed at me a little because now a have a slight lisp when I speak. That problem will be corrected as soon as I'm used to these things on my teeth! I purposely have not mentioned anything to my family because I want all of them to see the new me and be surprised!

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