So, here we are. Tomorrow, I
go through puberty get braces.
Jenny offered to go with me and live-tweet the whole thing, but I politely declined. Now that I think about it, though, she let me do that while she was having a c-section, so I probably should have returned the favor.
Anyway… It’s been a long two and a half months of wearing my lovely Frankel device, and while it’s gotten much better than it was (in terms of how it feels, not so much in terms of how it looks. Which is still awful.), I am ready to get moving on the next step.
I left the orthodontist a couple weeks ago with rubber bands between my back teeth (which has been a blast, let me tell you) and a purse full of instructions on how to brush my teeth (17 times a day), what to not eat (to paraphrase: everything), and advice on mainlining painkillers for the next 18 months.
And, now that I’m reviewing the literature, a stern warning about something called Lingual Arches potentially becoming embedded into my gums.
This is going to be awesome.
So I’ve read all the materials from my orthodontist, and I even watched their instructional YouTube videos. But I want the real scoop.
What do I need to know about having braces? What are the foods I should for sure avoid? Or, more importantly, what foods will I be able to actually eat?
Should I plan to come back to work after having them put on tomorrow, or will I want to just go home?
I would appreciate any tips, tricks or advice you have!