Lets face it, getting braces is not the most exciting thing in the world. In fact, a lot of people fear getting braces because of the pain, difficulty eating and the social awkwardness that comes along with it. While all of those things are valid concerns, it is really important to take a step back and realize just how important braces can really be. For someone like me it gave me a chance to get my smile back. This is my story of how my experience with braces let me be proud of my smile again.
When I started to lose my ‘baby teeth’ I was really excited. I knew that this was a sign that I was starting to grow up, and the occasional visit form the Tooth Fairy wasn’t bad either. After a while though I noticed that my adult teeth were not looking as good as my smaller ones had. Some were coming in crooked, others seemed like they were too big for my mouth. There were times where I had really big gaps in my mouth and I was afraid to talk to people because I didn’t want them to see. As I got older and started to get ready to go to Jr. High and High School, I was really afraid of what people were going to think. One day when I was at my orthodontists, she suggested that I get braces. I knew what that meant. I saw other kids in school with braces and also heard how people got made fun of for them. It felt like either way I wouldn’t be able to win. The Orthodontist told me that by going through the process of getting braces I would be able to get my smile back. The thing was, I had lost my smile and if getting braces was what I had to do to get it back then so be it.
Getting the braces put on was not all that bad. The hardest part about that was getting the molds of my teeth done. Sitting in the chair with the molding gum in my mouth was not pleasant Once you get past that, getting the braces glued to your teeth there is no pain at all. Once you get them on and the wires get tightened, that is where things get a little uncomfortable Since braces are designed to slowly pull the teeth in a new direction, this sudden change in pressure on your teeth and jaw is something that you have to get used to. The first few weeks were like this but I knew that in the end it was all going to be worth it. Getting used to eating and brushing my teeth with the braces was another thing entirely. Adapting the things I ate and the way I brushed took some time but eventually it was like I didn’t have the braces at all.
Fast forward about a year and It was time for me to get the braces taken off. I had waited so patiently and couldn’t believe the progress my smile had made in that time. The day I got them removed was probably one of the best days of my life, because I had waited so long for a smile that I could be proud of. Sure, it took a long time and there were moments that were not the greatest, but in the end I am so glad that I got my braces because they gave me my smile back.