26 February 2008


In just under 36 hours from now I will be getting braces. No, not to hold up my pants, but to straighten my teeth.

This is something I have wanted to do for awhile and now need to do. The options in my case were: 1) braces or 2) an implant here, an extraction there followed by veneers or braces. As expensive as braces are option 1 is actually cheaper and shorter term. I am glad I am doing it because I am starting to feel a bit self-conscious about my teeth, but at the same time I am filled with dread. I know it is going to be uncomfortable and downright painful at times and just thinking about that kind of exhausts me.

Although I never had braces as kid, I keep having visions of my awkward, pimply-faced, nerdy, 14-year-old self. Will having braces on my teeth make me feel ugly and/or insecure? (Clearly I already sound like my whiny 14 year-old self!) I don't want to walk around feeling that way for 2 years so I am going to try hard not to focus on it, but I suspect it will be a bit of a struggle especially at first to not see only the braces. Or maybe not. Maybe (hopefully) I am making a bigger deal out of it than it will be because I am nervous and not looking forward to the discomfort. Fingers crossed!


musingsfromthesofa said...

Braces may make you feel ugly; but they can't make you ugly. You will be a lovely woman wearing braces, is all.

ZoesMom said...

Thanks Becky. You're the best.

Emily Barton said...

They're really not that bad, or that uncomfortable. You may be a little tender on the days after they've been tightened (if that's still done), but other than that, you'll be fine. My guess is that you'll look lots younger than you are, and everyone will mistake you for your daughter's sister.