My experience with getting braces put on started when I was 5 years old. Yeah, I was just 5 when I first asked my mom to get braces. I know that sounds crazy but when my teeth came in they were horribly crooked. My mom said I would have to wait until I was older and the rest of my teeth grew in. I continued to ask her every year until I was 11. Finally, she said it was time to start thinking about getting braces. That was the beginning of my experience with getting braces put on.
My Experience With Getting Braces Put on
I know most kids don’t want to get braces. I can understand that but, I have to admit, I really wanted braces badly. I do not like my teeth. They are big and they stick out like a rabbit. They were just so crooked and crowded. My experience was that I never wanted to smile during pictures and was very self-conscious of my teeth, especially when meeting new kids. So, I was super excited when my mom made an appointment with a orthodontist.
Before I knew it the day came to get my braces on. I was giddy with excitement, but nervous too. My friends had told me that braces could hurt especially after you first get them on. Plus, I play the clarinet and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to play it very well any more. There was a lot to be worried about getting braces put on. But my experience with getting braces put on was really easy and painless.
What You Can Expect When Getting Braces Put On
The whole process was interesting. At first they put cheek stickers on my cheeks. Then they put this big red thing in my mouth to hold it open.
After that they stuck this retainer type thing with the braces inside it in my mouth over my teeth.
They used a black light to mold it to my mouth, pealed the plastic off and it was done! The braces were on. My experience? No big deal!
Next they put the wire trough and twisted the color ties on. The color ties are rubber bands and I love it that you can choose your colors. I chose bright KindredLive pink and my current favorite color bright orange.
Finally my braces were in place and I got to look in the mirror and see my braces for the very first time. I smiled wide and there they were in all their glory. Bright shiny braces with stylin’ pink and orange accents. I couldn’t stop smiling or laughing. I couldn’t believe that I finally had braces after wanting them for over half of my life. Hey, they didn’t hurt at all (yet) either. My experience was pain-free and I thought it was fun and interesting.
So now I have railroad tracks. I’m a brace face, metal mouth, and tinsel teeth. But it doesn’t matter to me what you call me, I love my braces. I know that someday I am going to have straight beautiful teeth.
Three Bad Things About Braces
1. There are a few bad things about getting braces put on. The worst thing it the braces cut your cheeks and the inside of your lips. You use wax to heal it. Just take a piece of wax and stick it to your braces and it will protect your skin from getting cut. You can buy the wax at the grocery store in the dental aisle or get some from your orthodontist.
2. My teeth did get a little bit sore the day after I had them put on but it wasn’t bad. The soreness really only lasted a day or two.
3. There are some things you can’t eat like chips and apples. Anything that will cause your braces to break you can’t eat. Check our cool stuff section for a list of things you can’t eat when you have braces on.
After about an hour you get used to having braces. But I do forget what it feels like to have smooth teeth. But I am so happy to have braces and my teeth are getting straighter already!
Do you have braces? Was my experience getting braces on similar to yours?