Braceface: My Braces Journey

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OK, so this post is for my readers with braces or readers who have survived braces. I know you will be able to relate. For those who don’t or never had braces, I hope you are able to learn something and sympathize with someone you may know who has or had braces 😩. This blog is well overdue, but I still feel compelled to share my journey. It was not as pain-filled or as agonizing as I imagined it to be but it was difficult at times. At the age of 23 I decided I was ready to do something I always wanted. It was something I always wanted, but it was also a major financial commitment. After having my braces off for the past few months, I am completely satisfied. It was the best investment I could have ever made.

I chose traditional braces, wires, brackets and all. I even tried colors a couple of times. It made me look like a little kid, but I couldn’t resist!I did get tired of kids asking me with a confused look on their faces, “How old are you?, or “If you’re really an adult,  why do you have braces?” Even more than that, I hated having food stuck in my brackets, or brushing my teeth no less than four times a day. Monthly tightenings were a pain, and I even lost a ton of weight due to the amount of food and candy I could no longer eat, I missed eating freely.

The question I got the most was, “Do they hurt?”  The answer to that is yes and no, sure my mouth was sore at times, but after a while i got used to it and it no longer bothered me. What did hurt was something no one warned me about…spacers. Spacers are tiny rubber bands that went in between my molars 2 weeks before my braces were applied to make room for the brackets. It hurt so bad I could hardly eat and I actually shed a few tears. In total, I had my braces for 14 months. I got them off 4 months earlier than expected! It was a quick and easy process. I havr an amazing orthodontist to thank for that.

There came a point when the pain subsided, and I could see a drastic difference in the way my teeth looked and the formation that was taking place. I could see the light at then end of the tunnel. My braces gave me a better self-image and a bit of a boost in confidence. Although, outer appearances aren’t everything, it definitely helps to be comfortable in the skin you’re in. Now since they’ve been off I even miss having them from time to time. I have removable retainers as well as permanent retainers bonded to my top and bottom teeth. Small reminders of one of the biggest accomplishments I’ve had thus far!  Smile! Comment below and tell me about your journey with braces! 👄

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