Long story short, I got glasses when I hit my teens, braces when I was 15, then got them taken off after a month because I couldn’t play my flute well enough for my final exams to get into uni. When I was 19 I finally saved up and got braces. It was like a breath of fresh air. You know that feeling of a physical aspect of yourself that you’re most self conscious of. It feels like it can sometimes stop you from doing what you want. For me, it happened when I would cover my mouth when I laughed or hesitate from smiling with my teeth. When photos were taken, I didn’t want to smile and see my teeth, even though I love to smile. Most people won’t notice our perceived imperfections and flaws. We tend to magnify those aspects of ourselves.
When I started my braces journey one year ago, I noticed how I spent far more time on my oral hygiene, and how much more confident I am smiling and laughing with braces. When you know they’re getting straighter day by day, it doesn’t really matter, and you forget that they’re there. Except when you’re cleaning out the pieces of fruit skin and pieces of nuts. Although, it is advisable to skip the nuts if you risk breaking any brackets, otherwise it is doable. As someone who wears glasses from time to time, I found that the first 2 weeks of braces life, I was extremely conscious of them. Now, I fully embrace them, and can’t remember what my teeth feel like against my lips.
It’s never too late to get braces. There are a variety of options and it’s becoming more common for adults to get braces. The only bothersome parts I find are definitely cleaning and getting food stuck between the brackets. However, knowing the end result makes it all worth it. Plus, it makes you have a good habit of taking better care of your teeth. I think there’s a stereotype that braces and glasses look nerdy and unattractive, but really it makes me feel younger. It’s always good to remember the function of glasses and braces. They’re there to help you see the world and they’re there to straighten your teeth. We tend to care more of how we might look than other people do.
When I considered Invisalign, I decided on traditional metal braces, because they would be more effective and the results are more clear cut. Whereas Invisalign tends to be better for mild cases. I had an overbite, protrusion and over crowding that would of moved more smoothly in place with metal braces. It’s better to spend your money and invest your teeth and your time on an option that you know is going to work the best for you. The wonderful thing is that I smile far more with braces, and feel more happy in this stage of my life. The stage in life where you wear glasses and teeth is always a time you’ll look back on, and realise that to feel confident and happy in your skin comes down to yourself.