I’ve just become a
Brace Face awesome brace-wearer after years of being unhappy with my teeth.
And it seems I’m not the only one – from Fearne Cotton to Andrea McLean, there’s a whole host of Millenials who have decided to take the leap into the ‘metal teeth crew.’
I had disliked my teeth for many years. My friends would often moan at me for deleting pictures where my teeth looked (to me) like they were about to jump out of my hillbilly mouth and say hello. I’d try not to look in the mirror, specifically at certain angles and it was starting to make me worried about laughing or smiling. And I bloody love laughing and smiling!
However, as the weird human brain works, I was still really unsure before I got my braces. Did I REALLY need them – I mean it’s a whole chunk of money just for a good grill? Wasn’t it a bit ridic having braces at 25 – surely everyone would think I was channelling my 14 year old self?
But I’m really glad I did it – and now I don’t know why I waited so long.
Here’s 7 things I’ve learnt about adult braces. Take a look and see if they’re right for you.
1.They’re expensive – so make sure you really want them.
The average price of braces is around £2k. That’s not small change unless you’re Queen Bee.
However, keep an eye out for bargains! As long as you’re a savvy shopper, you could find a great price on Groupon or Wowcher. Just be sure to check out the Dental Practice before you click the “Buy Now” button.
2. There’s a load of different types which may send you head in meltdown. It did for me!
I’ve had Ceramic Braces (top and bottom) which, according to The Braces Place are the most popular type of adult braces. I’d recommend them because:
- They stay in your mouth! Although Invisalign and other types of clear retainer style braces may seem like a good idea, you have to see whether they are right for you and your lifestyle. Do you really want to be taking out a retainer every time you have a cup of tea? Are you prone to losing stuff (guilty!)? They also take on average double the time of “train tracks.”
- They are pretty clear and from around 2m away you can’t see them. When I came into work after having my braces fixed, feeling a little self-aware, one of my colleagues asked if I had had my lips done. Fo’ reals.
3. They hurt, so be prepared.
OK this is a given and probably slightly dramatic, but they do hurt. For the first week I was on soup, no hard foods for me! But, I am a bit of a sap when it comes to pain.
When you get them tightened, you’ll be popping the Paracetamol. But after the pain comes the gain – and you’ll soon get used to them being in your mouth. Just make sure you have a Brace Kit to hand – including brace wax, orthodontic brushes and pain killers.
4. If you opt for Ceramic (clear) braces, they do stain.
You have to be majorly careful with what you eat. I’ve had a few months of bright yellow braces after I’ve indulged in a Curry or red wine. Why oh why did that Chicken Tikka lure me into to its trap?!
5. If you opt for Lingual braces – beware the tongue!
Lingual braces are the type that are behind your teeth. However, these type of braces can cut your tongue and cause ulcers, so make sure you chat to your Orthodontist about the options before you go for it.
6. You can be out on good behaviour in a matter of months.
Ceramic braces take on average 6 – 12 months to give you fandabbydozy teeth. That’s not that long right – I mean think about how quickly Christmas comes around every year.
7. You have to go for regular tightening sessions.
You’ll get them tightened every 4-6 weeks on average. So, it’s great if your boss knows about your braces, or you have a practice that does Saturday appointments.
Do you have any more tips/comments? Let us know :).