Invasion of the Mouth Occupiers

Yesterday was a day I’ve been waiting for since I was in sixth grade. It was the day I got my full set of braces on.

In the weeks before my appointment, I was looking forward to my braces. I would finally get straight teeth! However, in the 30 hours since I had them tacked to my teeth, it’s been nothing like I imagined. Here are some of the observations I’ve made in the last 30 hours.

  • My mouth feels like a small metal person has decided to attach themselves to my teeth. I can barely close my lips.

  • Getting braces is the equivalent of shaving off your hair. Everyone notices, but people are usually a lot nicer about it. I’ve been told they look “cute”.
  • Milkshakes are heaven to a metal mouth. Especially when they are thick. And freezing cold.
  • Although many websites will tell you that a bean burrito is perfect for a sore mouth because it is soft IT IS NOT! I took the smallest bite I could and started crying. If you would like my list of brace-okay foods, say so in the comments and I’ll post one over the next week.
  • After one brush, your toothbrush bristles will be ruined.
  • Ibuprofen is your best friend. All the aches are gone and it just takes a few tiny pills.
  • My mouth is in pain 100% of the time. I cannot eat, or sleep, or function well when taking an AP test (well, semi-well. I think I passed).
  • A cup of yogurt will last you a day. I had a yogurt at 6:15 this morning and haven’t been hungry since.
  • Opening my mouth like a fish makes all pain completely vanish.

I’m anxious to see how these things are going to play out in the long run. It’s only 14 more months until I can have perfect, beautiful teeth. And yeah, I think a few days of absolute pain are worth have 70 years of really gorgeous teeth.

For those of you with braces, or who have had braces, what are some of your tips for getting through it all?

5 thoughts on “Invasion of the Mouth Occupiers

  1. 1. Yogurt, ice-cream, and soup will be your best friends for the first few days you have your braces on.

    2. When you first get your braces on, the wire may look awkwardly crooked, but it’ll straighten out after a month or so. Also, your mouth will callous from the metal in your mouth.

    3. BRUSH your teeth. Everyday. (Flossing included.) And make sure you get the part between your gums and the wire to prevent having yellowy teeth with white spots in the middle of each tooth.

    4. It’ll hurt when you get your braces tightened each month, and the first check-in is always the worst, but not as bad as getting your braces on in the beginning.

    5. During the time in between your visits to the ortho, your teeth feels like normal — it’s really not that bad!

    6. Braces definitely look cute on people. And the fun part is picking out the color of your rubber band! (I recommend not choosing white, black, gray, brown, or yellow.)

    PS: You didn’t hear this from me, but chewing gum is fine as long as you don’t stuff 5 pieces in your mouth.

  2. Gargle as much as you can! Initially it might seem like you don’t have a lot of room for water, but then it’s fun to gargle. 😀 I remember gargling as many as 20 times a day. It also keeps your mouth clean, by the way.

  3. Oh man, I had braces so long ago! Even though I had them for 5 years, I can’t tell you the tips I had for them, because after a while you really do forget you have them! I ate everything I wasn’t supposed to (soda, chips, gum, etc) and never had any problems. This isn’t to say you SHOULD do that, because you could have a problem, but 5 years of it told me otherwise >.<

    I do remember the pain after they were tightened, but you've already figured out the way to fix that 🙂 (milkshakes were my go-to as well!). Good luck with it! Glad you only have to have them for a year 🙂

    1. Jillian,

      As I have now had braces for two months, I have finally learned to float on the raging waves that are braces. I have a check-up next week, so then we’ll know whether I can actually eat chips and such. Thank you so much for reading!

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