An update on my braces
I’ve had a few of you ask for an update on my braces, so here we go…
It’s been about 2.5 months now, and it has taken a long time to get used to them. At the beginning, I literally wanted to rip them out of my mouth. I thought I looked hideous, they were super uncomfortable, and they were always cutting up the inside of my mouth. They still do sometimes, but my mouth is now a lot tougher than it used to be.
This will make me sound like a total dork and maybe I’ll regret telling the internet this secret about me, but when I first got my braces, I spent a lot of time having conversations with myself in the mirror. I wanted to see what I looked like when I talked, how I sounded, when my braces showed the most, and how noticeable they were. At the beginning, I was very self-conscious about them. Especially because I was newly single, and panicking that I would remain that way for the next 2 years of my life. But it’s really not as bad as I thought it would be.
Here are a few observations:
- My braces are not that noticeable. You can’t actually see my braces unless I smile or laugh, according to the mirror conversations I had with myself. I have full lips which help to hide everything pretty well. So to put that theory to the test, I had coffee with two friends who didn’t know I had gotten braces. Maybe it was because they were both guys (and perhaps not as observant), but they didn’t even notice I had braces on until I pointed them out and smiled widely. They were shocked. And then perhaps blinded by the sun reflecting off the metal.
- Dating is significantly less awkward than anticipated. As a friend told me when I first got my braces, if a guy is willing to dismiss me because of a temporary thing like braces, then they aren’t worth my time anyway. So true. Apparently I’m still somewhat appealing to the opposite sex, since nobody has walked out on me in disgust. Krystal 1, Mouth of Metal 0.
- Eating in restaurants or in social situations is lame. I love food, so I hate having to consider what I’m eating. When I’m out with friends, I really need to scrutinize the menu. No salads (in public), no food with little bits of stuff in them, no meat, nothing chewy, nothing too crunchy, or gooey. I eat sandwiches and burgers with a knife and fork when there’s nothing else available to eat, but mostly find myself sticking to soup.
- I have lost weight. Since I got my braces on, I have lost about 12 pounds. Which is a lot for someone who is only 5’2″ and wasn’t big to begin with. This is partially due to ramping up my running over the past few months, but mostly because of my diet. I am more aware of what I eat now, consume very little meat, and rarely eat any junk food. I also don’t eat unless I’m actually hungry, which is something I’ve struggled with for years (I’ve always been a snacker). It’s not that I have the willpower now, it’s just that brushing and flossing after eating every single time is a huge pain, and I’m an inherently lazy person.
Overall, I’m still happy that I decided to get braces. As much as I dislike them, I know it will be worth it in the end. Good things come to those who wait, right? I think that rings true with almost everything in life. The money it will end up costing me ($6,980) is no object when the end result means less dental problems in the future. Oh, and nice teeth. I still wish I had gotten them a lot earlier in my life, and my advice to anyone who is thinking of getting braces is to get them as soon as you can afford to.
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.