Today's Blog Everyday in May Challenge is to educate everyone on something I know a lot about or something that I'm good at.
I had to really rack my brain on this one because I simply did not know what to blog about! I could easily do something beauty related but I thought it would be a lot more fun to write about something completely different. My boyfriend and I threw ideas back and forth before this popped into my head: braces.
I had braces for a little over two years in attempt to correct my overbite. It never did get corrected and it has gotten a little worse since I stopped wearing retainers (more about that later). Rather than be your wikipedia on braces, I decided to list some tips/facts about braces.
- You need to brush your teeth. All the time. Gunk gets stuck up in those brackets very very easily.
- Learn to breathe out of your nose instead of your mouth. This will make appointments seem a lot less like torture.
- If you have kids and are thinking about putting them in braces, try to do it while they're in middle school or at the beginning of high school. I think this is when we tend to be less self conscious and it's a lot easier to ship them to their regular appointments when they still live at home.
- Try not to get hit in the face. Just try. Or the brackets will cut up the inside of your lip. I did have a volleyball smack right in the mouth and it gave me a nice cut right on top of this huge canker sore I had in my mouth. Glorious, no?
- While you're trying not to get hit in the face, it also may not be a good idea to kiss anyone else with braces.
- Try not to overdose yourself on pain meds. Your tolerance for pain may be stronger than you think. Just think of it as training for when you give birth.
- Do NOT chew gum. It's not worth it. Especially the super sticky kind that will get stuck IN your brackets. If that happens, I have no idea how you get it off. Good luck.
- Do not bite the person tightening up your brackets. He/she may get angry at you and inflict more pain than necessary.
- Do try to eat more soft foods. You don't need to make the experience any more painful than you need to.
- Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste around. Maybe some floss too. Food gets lodged into those brackets very easily.
Well there you have it, folks--dental braces in a nutshell! I hope you all find this mildly amusing, but helpful. Have a great day!