So the truth about braces at 40…I forgot how incredibly painful they are. Oh my goodness. For about a week I didn’t eat much at all, and it was about a week and a half before I began to eat most food again.
I am so thankful for all the wonderful products that I brought home to help this process go smoother, but that is a different post.
Braces at forty is a bit traumatic. It really is. I feel like people look at me funny. Some people say they didn’t notice them, others kind of gasp and blurt out, “You got braces!” But mostly I feel funny, and when I look in the mirror I don’t look like myself. That’s something else that I didn’t remember from braces as a kid. Having the brackets really changes the look of my face and my smile. I’m planning on getting completely used to them, but after two weeks I’m still very self conscious.
I purposely chose this photo because it is the one that looks the most like me without braces. How is that helpful? I don’t know. I tried to make myself post the others that are more like I look now, and I couldn’t do it. Ha ha. I guess I’ll break you in easy. But they will come so don’t be shocked.
When my insurance came back and rejected the clear brackets my orthodontist gave them to me anyway and didn’t charge me extra since he had already given me the quote including the clear. I am so happy for them. From a distance it looks like I’m just wearing a retainer.
I have also been amazed at how much my teeth have already moved back in just two weeks. The amount of progress excites me! I try hard to smile big and when I feel self conscious about it, I tell myself that then end result is worth it and remind myself to be thankful for the opportunity to get them fixed, however, I’m counting down the days!
So I’m curious. Have any of you had braces as adults? Did you get to where you quit being self conscious about them? How long did it take?