For more than 4 years I’ve had braces. Finally at the age of 30 they have been removed. No one really knows the journey I’ve gone through when it comes to my teeth but now I am ready to share.
When I was about eight years old I was playing with my brothers and I fell off the bed face first. My two front teeth chipped and I was rushed to the emergency room. The dentists were able to fix my chipped teeth. But my teeth were already big and sticking out because as a kid I did suck my finger as a security blanket while I slept.
When I was in middle school when I would go to the dentist they would always tell me to wait until all my adult teeth grow in before getting braces. So in the mean time I was teased throughout middle school.
Your teeth are important, your smile is supposed to be your best curve. I mastered how to smile without showing my teeth, when I laughed I would cover my mouth. People would tell me all the time how beautiful I was or how much of a nice smile I had, I didn’t believe them.
It wasn’t until I was an adult with my own full time job and benefits that I took matters into my own hands and went to the orthodontist. The dental office gave me a grant to cover half of the dental cost and put me on a payment plan to pay $100/month. When it comes to orthodontal work, after the age of 19 no medical or dental covers it. I was only supposed to have my braces on for two years.
I was told one of my teeth would need to be removed and replaced and that braces would only straighten my teeth but so much. My gap closed and my teeth were straight but they stuck out so I did undergo a small procedure this past June to help with that. I held out for so long with surgery because I was originally told I would need reconstructive jaw surgery and that’s very invasive.
People would ask me all the time, “How long have you had your braces on”, “When are you getting them removed”, I would immediately be offended.
I was relieved when I was given a date of when I would be able to get my braces removed. I didn’t tell anyone, I didn’t want any negativity or 1000 questions. My mom went to the appointment with me of course she had tons of questions but that was okay.
Now that my braces are off, I still have to adjust. People still look directly at my mouth when I talk. People still wait to see me open my mouth. I have had so much positive feedback and encouraging words since I posted the first selfies.
I am adjusting but I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders but I am still self conscious about my smile. I want to get my teeth whitened but I know I have to take it one step at a time.
I do have to wear a retainer for two months 24/7 and then after that I only have to wear them at night for a lifetime. Wearing a retainer is very important so that your teeth do not move and they will shift.
My words for anyone who is thinking about getting braces or invisalign or any dental work to get their teeth done. Do it for you. Don’t care what anyone says. Get what you can afford. Braces has no age limit. It’s never too late to fix anything that you’re unhappy with.
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