For the last two and a half years, like many millions of people, I have suffered the burden of having to wear metal braces on my mouth. According to statistics, there are 4 million people wearing braces in the
at one time. US
Braces are such a pain - you have to be careful about what you eat, what you drink - even absent-mindedly chewing on a pen can break your brace - which can lead to sitting for hours in the orthodontist's waiting room, waiting for a broken brace appointment. The whole issue with food getting stuck in the brace is not exactly enjoyable either.
Not only do braces hinder eating and drinking, they are also aesthetically unpleasant (in my view, anyway). I mean, who finds bits of metal attached to teeth attractive? They change the shape of your face and do not look nice in photos - I've spent the last two years trying to avoid having my photo taken when my mouth wasn't closed (below being a failure).
On Tuesday 2nd February, my brace was removed. FINALLY. Six months after it was meant to be removed. I can't quite believe that they're off, as though any minute my orthodontist will pop up and say "Okay, let's put them back on now!". I've got a retainer to wear, but it's only at night and it beats having a mouth full of metal. Just cleaning my teeth feels so different, and easy.
I had my first apple in ages today, which was so delicious. To hear that first crunch was so satisfying. I won't lie, I'm pretty pleased with the end result.
If you've got braces, or you're getting them, relax. It sucks having them, and that doesn't make it better, but the end result is so unbelievably worth it.