Last August 2015, I made the decision to finally get braces. I wish I had them sooner, but as the overused saying goes, better late than never. I’ve always been self-conscious about my teeth, so I’d cover my mouth when I laughed or controlled my smile when I’d get my photograph taken. Now, I’m well aware that it may not be as bad, but I am my worst critic.
I opted for lingual braces as opposed to traditional braces purely for vanity. Lingual braces are placed behind your teeth and are as effective as traditional braces. The main advantage is that they’re completely hidden from view.
It’s been 9 months, and I’ve seen noticeable differences. My treatment is estimated to last 2 years, and I can’t wait until it’s over. If you had braces or currently wearing them, I’m sure you’ll be able to relate with my struggles:
- It’s all I talk about – I talk about my teeth and my frustration with my braces on a daily basis.
- You check the mirror constantly because something always manages to get stuck.
- They are expensive AF.
- Say goodbye to Doritos, nachos, whole apples, gum and almonds for 2-4 years…unless you want to lie about it when your ortho asks if you’ve been eating anything crunchy when he notices one of your brackets are broken.
- You eat a big meal before your braces are tightened because you’ll be eating nothing but soup or mac and cheese for the next few days.
- These little circles are not to be dismissed for they can cause a great deal of pain for the first few days upon placement.
- You grab a handful of toothpicks each time you exit a restaurant.
- Flossing becomes one of the most tedious tasks.
- But thank goodness for this waterpik flosser! Traditional flossing is still better, so you can’t rely on your waterpik 100%. And your dentist always knows if you haven’t been flossing!
- It’s recommended to brush your teeth with toothpaste with higher fluoride dosage once a day. People with braces have higher risks of getting cavities, so these types of toothpaste serves as preventative treatment.
- My biggest gripe with lingual braces is that I talk with a lisp especially when it comes to articulating words with an ‘s.’ I find myself using synonymous terms that don’t contain an ‘s.’ Instead of saying sorry, I’ll say I apologize instead. My speech has definitely improved over time, but I still get embarrassed.
- These bands will definitely not make you dance. They are living nightmares that must be worn for 22 hours per day. You have to take these off every time you eat; otherwise, you’ll end up swallowing these suckers – which is quite harmless, but definitely not recommended. In addition, failing to wear these bands will increase your treatment time exponentially.
- If you have/had traditional braces, you’ve experienced getting cuts on your cheek. Lingual braces cut your tongue. The good news is your tongue will adjust, so it becomes less painful. If it becomes too bothersome, you can always pad the metals with wax or gishy goo.
- You can forget about invasion of personal space during orthodontic visits because they will be ALL UP IN YO’ MOUTH, literally.
- Then you have to do a mini photo sessions with a dental mouth opener.
- I’d love to say, all the pain will be worth it, but I haven’t even reached my halfway point yet. I’m certain it will be euphoric.
What struggles did you encounter?