I can’t wait for my adult braces to come off!
Summer last year, I went to an ortho friend just to have her check (for vanity more than anything else) if I could have my teeth aligned. She made me go for a panoramic X-ray which showed that I had no choice but to wear braces because I had TMJ Syndrome (TMJ stands for Temporo-Mandibular Joint). My jaws were not aligned (which was why I often experienced the clicking of my jaws when I open my mouth) and it was just a matter of time before I would start experiencing pain if I did not get the braces. So there…
But after a year of wearing them, it does get tiring and inconvenient. I’ve experienced the following so far:
🙁 smiling and looking like the female version of “Jaws”
🙁 wishing I was good enough with Adobe Photoshop to “photoshop” away the braces from all my photos
🙁 feeling like a barbecue with loose wire piercing my cheeks
🙁 running back to ortho every now and then just to have extra wire cut after teeth moved
🙁 having to check the mirror after every meal to find out if food particles are stuck in between the tooth brackets (yuk…gross!!!) — can you imagine trying to find a decent and clean ladies room whenever you’re out of the house?
🙁 not leaving home without my dental kit (wax, mini interdental brushes, toothbrush, toothpaste) — tell me, how do you stick all these into a teeny-weeny formal bag at a wedding?
🙁 doing without food that stick to teeth, too hard to chew, too crunchy (no more chicharon, nuts, etc.)
🙁 having a crown break on me, causing trauma to gums, going on soft diet while infection is being treated with antibiotics (this is me now!)
Sigh! I know that patience will pay off in the end. And my ortho friend is so very patient with me and is really great at her job. But while I am still in this situation, there are just days when I feel like ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!