Friday, September 21, 2012

What to Expect When You Get Braces as an Adult - Starting Journey

When people say things you tend to remember, especially if it's on a date with a guy. After kissing a guy he tells me my teeth look like a vampire. Yup, you guessed it, I never dated him again. 

But I could never get those words out of my head. It affected me so much. I was so self-conscious about my teeth and looks. You don't tell a girl or a woman things like that. They begin to have complex issues about there looks and body. I was able to move from that with the help of therapy. I wanted to get braces but could not afford, it until now. 

So begins my journey into braces. I asked so many people that crossed my path about there experiences and I got so many answers. You'd be surprised how many adults are getting braces later in life. A number of adults getting them are increasing each year. I am happy I got it as an adult because you take care of yourself more as an adult than in your teens. I've met people that got them as teenagers and then get them again as adults because the teeth moved back. They didn't follow the dentist instructions and now wished they had listened.

For all who are thinking of getting them, here is my side of things: 

  • Now I know why the dentist told me to have a big breakfast. It hurts to chew later.
  • It does not hurt when the dentist puts the braces on.
  • I didn't feel the pain until I was eating a bowl of cereal later and it hurt to chew. 
  • I needed to have Advil for the pain (stock up if you are considering it).
  • It was hard for me to sleep because of the pain.
  • I am HUNGRY and can only eat soft things that I don't have to chew. (i.e. soup, mash potato, mashed carrots, and yogurt)
  • I can't eat hard candy, chips, anything gummy, popcorn and list go on and on.
  • I have to carry an on the go toothbrush and toothpaste to brush my teeth each time I eat so food will not get stuck and cause play build up.
  • The feeling is so alien inside your mouth trying to get used to them.

I have just completed my 1st full day with them. I have been told the pain will last for the next 2 to 3 days. I am getting my bottom braces once I have 2 teeth pulled on the top and the overbite does not cover my bottom teeth. My braces will be with me for the next 2 years. I will be keeping you updated with my results in my journey with braces. If you have suggestions to elevate my pain let me know. Advice is welcome, really, really, really welcomed. 



  1. clove is a natural pain reliever, but will burn if you have open sores. you'd want to wait until after that heels up. until then origel is the best thing that's offered. :(

    if you have a sharp spot you can always get wax from Walgreens to put over it. and if it gets REALLY bad, ask for Naproxin. It's alleviated so many of my tooth pains over the years.

  2. I have a friend who had them on the bottom and she just got them removed. She definitely thought it was worth it too!

  3. Oh this is horrifying to me. :/ I should get braces now, too (I am 34)... I am too chicken to do it! I wish I had some advice for you, but I don't. Except think of how happy you will be after!!!

  4. I am sure you will feel like it was worth it afterward. Even though your teeth look fine to me! Mine are way worse and I have been told I should get them. I am 34 and horrified to do it! :/

  5. I'm sure it'll be worth it afterwards! Good luck!

  6. Good luck to you and I am sure it will be well worth it to wear them for a few years :) I have to have my wisdom teeth out soon on the top because I don't have any on the bottom. My top ones just keep growing because they have nothing to stop them :/

  7. Hey I didn't know you got braces. Well I heard braces does straighten teeth.

  8. Hi! don't worry about getting braces even as an adult. I got my braces at 25 and my teeth was worse than your before photo. It pays to invest on them to have great looking smile in the future. Now, I'm 30. I'm still not satisfied, I think I want to get retainers but I still need my dentist advice.

    Also, pain really depends on one's tolerance to it. I don't remember feeling the pain. I can still eat as normal. But I do hated the cuts in the skin inside the mouth caused by the brackets. Ask your dentist for wax that can be applied on top of the braces so when you sleep it's more comfortable. Cheers to a great looking smile!

  9. Been thinking of doing this too. Am just hoping I only need one bracket or can do the invisilign braces. :-D Thanks for sharing!