Silke from Sidney, Australia
Here are some weird and
wonderful things I thought Iíd share with you about my
experience with braces so far. I've had my braces on for 3
and a half months now. My teeth have moved quite
dramatically already. I never expected it to happen so
quickly. Anyway here's my list of hopefully helpful tips for
anyone out there thinking of getting braces:
Lots and lots of people have
not even noticed I have braces. This surprised me because
before getting them, I envisioned explaining my metal mouth to
everyone and their dog. I told people at work I was getting
braces and believe it or not, one girl was jealous! She says she
has always wanted braces. She has perfect teeth but even asked
her dentist if she could please get braces. Now that I did not
I've only had one adjustment
so far and I am happy to report it was completely pain free and
very quickly. I was in and out in under half an hour with
brand new modules (ligatures). My next adjustment is this
Tuesday. I expect it to be another pain-free experience. The
only time I have had to go on soft food was the very first few
days after I got my braces. It's really true what they say, the
first week is the worst, pain-wise and getting used to the
general feel of having braces in your mouth.
You suddenly go through
toothbrushes like theyíre going out of fashion. Iíve been
going through about 1 every 3 to 4 weeks.
The bathroom mirror is
constantly smeared with toothpaste spray.
After about 6 weeks your
cheeks develop calluses and you donít need as much, if any, wax.
I think I ate about a kilo of wax the first few weeks. It was a
real pain applying and reapplying wax after eating and brushing.
Bumpy gums! Is it just
me or do my gums suddenly feel like mini alien creatures want to
burst forth? I'm going to ask my orthodontist about them on
Tuesday. When I run my finger along them they feel weird. I'd
say it's all part of the teeth moving process.
Tongue biting! Youch!
No one told me that as my bite changes my tongue would get in
the way when I speak. I had a cross bite which is nearly
completely fixed. My tongue tends to sometimes get caught in the
place where the cross bite met. I repeat, youch!
Braces dreams. Since
getting braces and even before, I have been having very vivid
dreams about braces. The other night I dreamt I was at a bar and
all the people in the room had braces! I was marveling at this
huge coincidence to anyone who would listen.
Thanks for reading. Go well
everyone. See ya :)