Brace Face: One Year Down, One Year To Go

Hey lovelies!  I can hardly believe it’s been a year since I got braces!  I’m officially a pro.  It’s 1 year down, 1 year to go!

You would think that after all this time I would have adjusted to having foreign objects like brackets, plastic, steel, wax, rubber bands and occasional raw skin inside of my mouth.  The answer is no.  I still haven’t adjusted to these things.  But, one of my biggest joys have been watching my crooked teeth shift into perfect alignment.

Within weeks of having my Damon braces installed, my horribly turned in tooth that had been the subject of jokes by my children, made a turn for the better (no pun intended)!

I’m still proclaiming this has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.  So, feel free to call me brace face, metal mouth, train tracks, magnet mouth, cheese grater, motor mouth, atomic lips, zipper lips, and whatever else.  And when Culver City Orthodontics removes these train tracks from my grill, you can call me straight beautiful teeth, lol!  At least that’s what I’m praying for.

I’ve learned during the past months that there are some very important items I need to keep on my person at all times:

  1. Toothbrush

  2. Toothpaste

  3. Plackers Angle Brushes

  4. Floss

  5. Floss Threaders

  6. Dental Wax

  7. Mouthwash

  8. Zoo-pac Rubberbands

Musts:

  1. Visit my dentist every 6 months.

  2. Brush after every meal.

  3. Stay away from sweets.

Optional:

Purchase a Waterpik. I love mine, as it can be very difficult to use floss with braces.

It’s pretty funny running into young people with braces and the excitement they exude (heck, we both exude) when we realize we’re fellow braces wearers.  In one instance, I ran into a woman in her twenties who insisted I should get blue power bands on my braces like her, the next time I visited my orthodontist!  Or the young man who told me he eats whatever he wants except popcorn.  He was even chewing gum!

For those of you that are contemplating getting braces, I still encourage you to do so.  No matter your age or who might try to discourage, or make fun of you, go for it!  It’s definitely been a confidence booster for me and who doesn’t want to look their best, if they have a choice.

Stay tuned for updates along the way on my Instagram instastories, and a blog post at 18 months, as I inch toward removal.

If you have any questions regarding my braces, the good, bad and the ugly, feel free to drop a note below.  I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, love and light!

#orthodontics #exudeconfidence #nevertoolate #braces #straightteeth #bracesover50 #selfcare

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