I went to the orthodontist today, and he told me I'll be
needing braces for two whole years! I'm totally freaked out. I don't want
braces at all! What should I do?
Braces: Yet another awkward adolescent hurdle that most of
us have to leap over. But just like gym class, you’ll conquer this sucker, too.
Truth be told, the GL offices are full of former bracefaces. I’m betting the
majority of kids at your school will eventually be saddled with braces, too.
Keep reality in sight as you prepare for this change: Braces are definitely
nothing new or unusual.
Remember, sweetie: The pain you might feel and humiliation
you imagine are going to result in a gleaming smile. And when it comes to
braces, two years isn’t a terribly long time, and once you have them, the
months will fly by. Promise!
Still down in the dumps? Keep in mind that there are a bunch
of kids out there whose families can’t afford braces. They’d love to have your
perf smile, so consider how fortunate you are to have ‘rents who not only want
the best for you, but who can afford to spend their hard-earned cash on keeping
your bite bright.
Once your mouth is packed full o’ metal, there will be
certain things you won’t be allowed to eat ‘til those braces come off. Things
like corn on the cob, popcorn and bubblegum might be off limits, so get
chompin’ while you can.
Before the braces go on, you’ll be grateful for a medicine cabinet piled
high with essentials like wax, gum-numbing ointment like Orajel and ibuprofen
to deal with the irritation cause by pesky wires. Grab a stack of the special
floss made for getting behind braces, and the little brushes that’ll keep your
brackets clean. One more thing? Food! After you get ‘em on, your mouth will
probably be li’l bit too sore to chew normal food. Stick to soft stuff—pudding,
jello and smoothies—for a while, okay?
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN body, advice