I am 30 years of age and have
crowding and a slight overbite, my teeth are not crooked but
they do stick out primarily because I have sucked my thumb
my entire life. When I turned 30 I started to wonder if I
would suck my thumb forever and if so, would I be in a old
peoples home with my thumb in my mouth. I don't know how I
did it, but after sucking my thumb since the day I was born
I was able to stop.
The next step, was to talk to
my dentist about getting my teeth straightened. This was very
difficult as I have always found it very stressful to talk about
my crooked teeth. My dentist was very positive and referred me
to an Orthodontist.
Going to the orthodontist was
also very stressful as she was examining the extent of my thumb
sucking and what damage I had done to myself over the years.
However she was friendly and kind, before treatment could
commence I had to get a tooth out to make room for the
So, it was back to my dentist
and this time around I felt more positive as I was now doing
something to improve myself. I got the tooth out – it wasn't
that bad then I had a few days to let the gap heal up and it was
back to the orthodontist to get wired up.
The first few days were very
difficult, I was self conscious as I am national account manager
and look after our companies biggest clients. I was afraid of
negative reactions from clients / co-workers or friends.
My boyfriend, who has been
totally supportive, had booked us on a holiday with about 20 of
our friends shortly after the braces went on. So all my friends
saw me at the airport with the braces on and after the initial 5
minutes when everyone saw them, I felt OK about it. The support
from my friends was fantastic and I was relived to have that out
of the way.
Back at work once all my
colleagues has seen them it was fine. My clients are great, no
one has moved their account because I wear braces.
Fpur weeks into the process and
my teeth have moved. This is the most exciting part as I know I
am finally doing something about it. I regret not doing this
years ago, but I am doing it now and I am happy about that.
Every day I wake up and think, another day in the right
I have also managed to lose
about 5lbs in the past 4 weeks – mostly because it now takes me
longer to eat and I prefer smaller bites and soft food. This has
also been a fantastic plus, as I feel better about myself since
losing the weight.
All in all, getting braces has
been for me, one of the most positive experiences in my life.,
If anyone is thinking of it, I highly recommend it. For years I
was paranoid about my smile – I hated my teeth, now I am doing
something about it. Roll on the next two years, I am excited
about the day I will get the braces off but in the meantime I am
excited about each day of wearing the braces and watching my
teeth slowly move in!!