I am 31. And I have braces. That almost sounds like an AA meeting!
Almost four months ago, I took the plunge and got the braces that I had wanted for such a long time. You are probably thinking “why did you wait so long?” Well, there are a lot of reasons. When I was a kid, I didn’t want braces. What kid does? At that age, you don’t realize that the two or three years you will have to wear braces, is nothing compared to all the years you would have with straight teeth. All you can think about, is how you will look in the immediate here and now. So, I didn’t want braces and my parents never made me get them. I really wish that they had.
When I was 25, my perspective became clearer and I realized how short a time two years really was, so I decided that I would get braces. I was getting ready to leave for Egypt at this time so there was no way I could afford them, so I decided to wait until I got back. Well, when I got back another trip came up and after that even more trips and I just couldn’t pass them up. You might think that my priorities were out of whack, but my teeth had always been crooked, and these trips were once-in a-lifetime opportunites.
Finally there was a lull in my traveling, so I was able to save up the money for the braces. First, I had to have some work done on my teeth. I had a crown put on a tooth that I had a root canal on several years ago. I also had to have any cavities filled. Being a junk food junkie, I had quite a few. After all this work came the braces.
I should probably also tell you why I needed braces. My teeth weren’t just crooked, I had an extra tooth on each side in the top front of my mouth. This caused some major overcrowding, that made one of my front teeth turned and the other pushed back slightly. On the right side, the extra tooth is fused to another tooth. Yeah, I know it sounds bad and I guess it was, and even though I knew that, I was use to them. They were just my teeth. I never really thought about them, unless I was having a picture made, or sometimes when meeting someone new.
I wanted to do Invisalign, but my Orthodontist said that because they would have to pull the extra teeth, Invisalign was not an option. My heart just dropped when she told me this. Then she showed me the Ceramic braces on a model, you could barely see them, so that is what I decided to go with. They are not noticeable at all, and it didn’t take long to get use to how they feel.
It has been really hard on my vanity, especially having that tooth pulled in the front; I look like a hockey player. But now that the braces are on, I am so glad. It has only been four months and I can tell a huge difference in my teeth. I am doing everything that my Dentist and Orthodontist tell me to, because I want everything to go as smoothly as possible. Plus, I am putting a lot of money into these teeth and I intend to take care of them.
If you are unhappy with your smile and have thought about braces, I encourage you to do it. It will be worth looking “silly” for a little while to have a smile that you can show off without feeling self-consious. Parents, if you have a child that needs braces, make them do it! Trust me, they will thank you later.