Sunday, November 4, 2012

What to Expect When You Get Braces as an Adult Part 2

I just finished my 1st month with braces so I have 23 months left or so. I have experienced many new things thanks to these braces. When you get them put on, your dentist will hand you a pamphlet with all the do's and don'ts of wearing braces. You can't eat gummy candies or honey roasted peanuts because they get stuck to your teeth and wires.

I had an experience that I wanted to share with you. I was combing my hair the other day and used a poppy pin. I put the first pin in my hair without any issues. As I went to put in the second one, I pulled the wire on my braces. Oh, what a disaster. I couldn't close my mouth completely. I called my dentist and had to go back for the second time. The first time the wire popped out because the tiny rubber bands fell off and could not be put back in place without a new one.

This time it was my fault and you can imagine when the office manager told me if they have to cut it off and put a new one it would be $150. That was no joke to me. She told me, "Didn't you read the pamphlet?" and I said yeah. It said I couldn't put pens or pencils nothing about poppy pins. She just shook her head and gave me a look.

Yup! I learned my lesson. Next month I will be getting my lower braces put on. Oh the joy of braces. At least this time around I know what to expect in terms of pain and I am ready. Soft foods I can swallow without chewing as it does hurt to bite and chew.

Share your stories with me of your experience with braces. Have you noticed a difference with getting them as a child vs as an adult? Leave me your comments.


  1. My husband and my dad also got braces as adults.

  2. Oh, hugs! I remember having braces and hated it! Although I think it would have been easier as an adult because kids are so mean! Hang in there!

  3. Oh my gosh, I have never had braces but I didn't know that it hurts to bite and chew! :(

  4. I had braces as an adult, too. I can honestly said it was a pain for the 26 months, but I love the end results. Good luck!!

  5. I had braces in my early 30's. Argh! I still have the lines on the insides of my cheeks, lol. But I have great teeth now, ;-p