A teenager’s experiences on the wire.
brace face (iStockphoto.com)
I’m lying in this dentist chair, shaking and sweating (as I am petrified of dentists!) and wondering to myself: “When will this be over!?”
I was so scared when I went for that first appointment in a very long string of dentist appointments that precede getting braces. I was about 12 and I thought it was the worst day of my life when my mother and dentist finally agreed that braces would be a good idea.
It’s not that I had terrible
teeth or anything. I just had the signature slightly overlapping front tooth (which both of my siblings have too) and my eye-teeth were a little, well, odd. But still! I didn’t think it warranted having steel wire and little bits of elastic attached to my teeth for more than a year.
I slept on the idea, watched kids who had braces at school, thought about it some more and then it dawned on me. I would be unique!
Your child will take one of two stances when faced with the prospect of braces – either they will do as I did and start reveling in the fact that they will be different and almost look forward to the entire process or they will do the complete opposite.
The week after my 3-hour procedure took place to attach my top and bottom braces and I had chosen my bright purple elastics, it was off to school. I waited for that initial reaction and no one even noticed! How could they not!? When my lips stood out so thick it would’ve made Angie blush and I had to go through pain to be this unique - come on people!
Eventually people did notice, one by one and instead of the pointing and laughter I had been afraid would follow, all I got was “they look so cool” and “did it hurt?” And my worries were put to rest.
I continued to revel in the funky colours and uniqueness that came along with my monthly visits to the dentist’s chair and after exactly 13 months I was much chuffed with my straight white teeth.
In the end, the pain that comes with those first few days after the braces are on and the fact that you have to visit your dentist at least 14 times in one year, is worth the satisfaction of seeing your pearly white, straight teeth gleaming back at you in the mirror.
And yes, I will definitely suggest braces for my own children one day… if they need them!
Did you or your child have braces? What was the experience like for you?