Growing up being the only girl with three older brothers wasn't easy, especially when they ended up with all the good teeth genes and I was left with this:
So after seeing a speech therapist for my tongue thrust and spending 3+ years of looking like this...
...I knew the uncomfortable, awkward, and not-so-cute world of braces. Especially since that world for me included head gear. Yes, the very unattractive, over the head, around the neck, looks like I'm a horse with a bit in my mouth, head gear.
But when it was all said and done it was worth it because I ended up with this:
A beautiful smile with straight teeth and no gaps.
Unfortunately, the orthodontists didn't know then what they know now about the length of wearing a retainer.(Or maybe they did and figured they would just get another paying customer in a few more years.) But I was told to wear it all the time for 6 months and then at night for a year. After that, I could be done.....until 20 years later when the gaps are reopening and the teeth have moved, making them out of alignment so that they wear wrong.
And I am back in braces at 34 years of age.
The top are clear this time.
But they are still a lot bigger than what they showed me on the little model in the office.
I thought the bottoms were going to be clear too.
They push my lips out making me look like I've had bad lip injections.
I can't smile worth a darn which just attracts more attention.
My hubby hasn't kissed me since I got them.
But that might be because I've had a cold.
At least, that is what I'm telling myself.
So I'm right back at that awkward, uncomfortable, and unattractive stage of life again.
And I get to pay for it this time.
Plus, my teeth hurt.
And my cheek gets caught on one of the brackets in the back making my cheek sore.
This makes eating almost anything difficult.
Except mushy stuff.
Like old people eat.
So I feel like a gumming geriatric.
Except I whine like a 2 year old.
Aren't you glad it's only for a year?
I think I can go that long without smiling.
It'll be good for my wrinkles.