Tuesday, March 15, 2011

brace face

so, i got braces. after about three years of umming and ahhing, i just bit the bullet and did it.

they've actually been on for about three months now.

it's taken this long to tell camelshoes because it's taken this long to come to terms with how i feel.

sounds very dramatic, doesn't it?

and it was a bit dramatic at first. actually, the blowfly sunglasses were on before i even left the orthodontist. operation hide my tears.

it was odd. on the way to the orthodontist i was feeling quite the opposite. i was excited, almost liberated, by the fact i had finally made the decision - such a big, expensive decision. 

getting the braces on was painful. seeing my new look in the mirror, more so.

i couldn't imagine enduring that pain - physical and emotional - for 12 to 18 months. like i said: dramatic.

the pain is now sporadic. it's rarely as painful as it was that first week and i've been able to find a way to appreciate the discomfort - it means movement after all, and that's the point.

the vanity? i wish it didn't matter to me. it does. and it will continue to do so. but it's getting better. again, it's about appreciating the discomfort. braces might not be a good look but the result will be.

plus, i am finding great new ways to pose for photos.

bad decision comes good

ever ended up pleased with a decision which originally filled you with regret?


E. said...

You are the second person I know who has gotten braces in the last few months. I also know someone who got braces with her two oldest children last year. Their thoughts were that they deserved to have good teeth.

Despite some initial pain and misgivings I think they are both really happy that they did it.

Me? I'm regetting getting this mohawk but I may raise more moeny for the Leukaemia foundation with it.

Mademoiselle L. said...

My mom forced me to get full=-on braces set when I was 14 and I had them on for 4 painful years. When I went to High School people knew me with only braces on, because no one saw me without them. I was also supposed to have them for 12-18 months but the truth is the longer you have them, the better. I know people who had them for 12 months and when they took them out the problem appeared again after few months. So if your orthodontist suggests to keep them longer, really do.
It is painful, you can eat only yoghurt after a monthly visit, but it 1000000% worth it and I am so grateful to my mom that she forced me.
Good luck! x

Erin Frauenfelder said...

You are much braver than I am. I have had the initial appointments but can't seem to bring myself to go back.

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

Ohhhh I can still remember the feeling of that pain when I first had my braces put on....couldn't eat for days! But the feeling of when they came off was so much better than I ever imagined. Hang in there!!

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