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December 2, 2015: Why I decided to wear dental braces... after 20 years

Why I decided to wear dental braces... after almost 20 years
Practising super macro photography with Nikon D5200.




Better late than never, they say...

I have been avoiding dental braces since they began coaxing me at the age of 12 (that's almost 20 years counting from 1996). I wouldn't wear one if the nagging pain on my upper front teeth did not persist. Sometimes, I felt my upper front teeth were literally cracking and bits are chipping off the edge. I guess they're moving out of place and I also started to have TMJ this year. This is insane!


IT. HAD. TO. STOP.


April 2015 -- I finally had the 'genuine' motivation and courage to apply for dental braces after doing research and finding out that theirs had the most affordable plan and trustworthiness.

It was kinda like being de-virginized when I made the decision. A little bit depressing, a little bit exciting, and a little bit uncertain about my future.

Once we did it, the pain only lasted on the first week. The first three days were the most painful and I hardly ate any solid food even if I wanted to. It was a dull pain crawling all over my face.

On the third day was the resurrection... I would defy all of the pain just to gobble my favorite chicken meal. I need to 'BRACE' myself if I wanted to eat my favorite foods with these 'BRACES' on... get the joke?

I was surprised that the gap on the upper canine teeth have already closed. The lower teeth are all that remains to be fixed. Come to think of it, 8 months pass by so quick. Before we know it, we'll hit the 2 year mark and hopefully they would come off at that point.

Glad I finally made this decision. The pain was worth it! =)


Why I decided to wear dental braces... after almost 20 years

Why I decided to wear dental braces... after almost 20 years

Why I decided to wear dental braces... after almost 20 years

Why I decided to wear dental braces... after almost 20 years

This image from January 2014 is a good example of my misaligned teeth.

Why I decided to wear dental braces... after almost 20 years

Why I decided to wear dental braces... after almost 20 years

Why I decided to wear dental braces... after almost 20 years







2 comments :

  1. Our story is almost the same! Dentists have been recommending that I get braces to correct overcrowding and a slight overjet since I was young, but we didn't have money then. So I only got them now, but only after deciding that it was better to suffer braces than suffer gingivitis and other problems associated with crooked teeth, which are more prone to bacteria accumulation. Well, it was worth it--I'm not ashamed to show my teeth now.

    I'm glad, though, that I only got braces in 2015, not when I was younger. Technology and orthodontist knowledge is advanced now, so that translates to shorter treatment times. When I was young, it was unheard of (or at least, I didn't know anyone) for braces to be in place for only 2 years--treatment took 4 years or more. Yikes!

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  2. Hi @Aviva! It's nice to hear your story too. I must agree with you, I'm less ashamed to show my other side when I smile since the gap had been closed. It's amazing how fast the progress was that I didn't even notice. Hopefully our braces would come off next 2017! Freedom is almost there...

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