Brace For It

Hello! Garrett here. Sorry for not uploading any stuff for a long time, Grade 9 sucked the soul out of me. The gist is: new subjects, flunking Physics, realizing that apathy was never a good method of coping, and batch mates flirting with each other.

Alright, so the big news is: I now have braces.

Yes, you heard it right, now I am dealing with many inconveniences and annoyances just to set my teeth straight. I just had them activated today, since I actually got them last week but I also had an extraction too that day. So yeah, it was painful for a week. The sad truth for me is that I will have to endure more of those operations soon because the x-ray showed 6 IMPACTED TEETH. Basically, those teeth gave up on their main purpose (that is to shoot up) and decided to go anywhere else but up. My wisdom teeth are laying down like they stopped giving a care about getting out.

Alright, so if you have or had braces, you’ll nod your head at this list. If you don’t have them but need them soon, don’t worry. You’ll get used to everything about them. Here goes:

1.) Food will get stuck everywhere. I’m not kidding, you have to bring a portable toothbrush and toothpaste everywhere you go cos there is nothing more embarrassing than having to talk to someone with bits of rice or whatnot stuck in every nook and crevice you can think of.

2.) Eating makes you question everything edible. You’re usually given a list of foods you can or cannot eat. The number one question is, “Can I eat that?” It’s usually followed up with, “Is this worth brushing out afterwards?”

3.) Brushing becomes a serious commitment . I’m serious, if you rarely went up to 2 minutes while brushing your teeth before, now, you will. Also, now that you have braces, you now have the responsibility of making sure the braces and teeth don’t get damaged. But really, the main reason why is because no one likes food bits stuck everywhere. There are special brushes for those with braces. I recommend the manual orthodontic brush by Oral-B. Honestly, you just have to find a brush with a small head and soft bristles and you’ll be fine.

4.) Your mouth will get scratched from the inside. I already got two sores because of two brackets. You might be given wax by the dentist or not, but my orthodontist said the rubber bands will help make the brackets go smoothly against the cheek.

5.) Pain is inevitable. Especially if you get them tightened. Painkillers are advisable for this, but you will also get used to it too.

The only nice thing so far about my braces is that every 3 weeks I can pick a color for my rubber bands. That’s it, really. If I’m gonna suffer all these just for straighter teeth, I might as well make my braces look cool.

That’s it for now. Tune in for another post soon!!!

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