Hi, my name is Stacy. I’m an adult. And I just had braces “installed.” At least it feels like an installation.
I have long felt self-conscious about my smile, after having been told I would be “pretty, if not for your teeth.” While I know that’s something you should forget, I also know that sometimes words can change you forever. And that was what happened to me.
I don’t ever show my smile with teeth – and when laughing I usually try to cover my mouth with my hand.
I don’t want my kids to remember me this way.
My husband has no issues with my teeth at all, but knowing my worry with it, he encouraged me to get braces. It only took me about 5 years to get it done.
I didn’t want to pay the money. I didn’t want to admit that it was only for cosmetic reasons. I didn’t want to pay the money.
But, let me tell you something. There is nothing wrong with fixing something that is within your means in order to feel better about yourself. If you have the money, do it.
Sometimes a voice whispers to me…why can’t you overcome this? This is crazy! It was just a stupid boy! A stronger Christian would let God heal his/her heart.
Then I tell that stupid voice to shut up and go eat paste.
Some things you can overcome…and some things take help. And I’m finally willing to accept help and get over this little bump in the road.
I will smile. I will laugh. I will eat popcorn and taffy again.
Let me encourage you as well – don’t beat yourself up over something you cannot overcome. Seek help. From someone who is trained to do so…don’t hire someone off eBay or Craig’s List. (Just thought I’d throw that out there.)
As a side note, we can talk about the nitty gritty now. 🙂 I was given the opportunity to get braces as a teen and I turned it down. I didn’t want it. And honestly? I’m glad I waited. As a child/teen, I don’t think I would have taken care of them the way they need to be cared for. Also, I’ve heard from many adults who said they had to get braces again as their teeth shifted in adulthood.
I’m glad I waited.
I went with traditional wire bracket braces instead of Invisalign. I didn’t want the extra care that they seemed to take and I figured if I was going to do braces, I might as well do them big and with hot pink rubber bands. Go big or go home.
We are choosing to pay as we go, instead of taking the discount for paying in advance. Some have wondered if that means we don’t have the cash for this. Absolutely we do. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have done it. We are just making a monthly payment from that fund instead of paying in advance for care…which can sometimes get you into a pickle. Mmmmm, pickles.
It hurts. The inside of my mouth feels like a raw meat factory. I can’t figure out how to chew yet, so I’m having soft foods and Bulletproof Coffee a lot.
In one month, the orthodontist will take a look and see if I’m going to need extractions. I hope not. But my teeth are big and my mouth is small…some of you are laughing right now – probably my family.
Thanks to all of you who are encouraging me, giving tips, and helping me on this journey. You’re a blessing. 🙂
Any tips or encouragement to offer?