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My Braces Experience + What To Expect

Hey girl! I’ve gotten a few questions about my braces experience. It is really common nowadays for teens to have braces so I thought I would share my experience and everything you need to know if you are getting braces or thinking about it!

My Braces Backstory:

I had braces for three years, and man did I really need them ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I have a really small mouth, and I had a lot of teeth, LOL. My teeth didn’t have enough room to fit in my mouth without crowding so I had to get quite a few teeth pulled over the years before I could get braces. If I can remember right, I’ve gotten a total of 7 pulled by the dentist, yikes right?

Anyway, like I already mentioned, I needed braces, like really bad. I was quite self-consious about my teeth and I didn’t like to smile showing my teeth.

I got my braces on when I was in Grade 7 and got them off in Grade 10. I was supposed to have the braces on for two and a haf years, but it ended up being a little longer than expected.

What To Expect:

I was super worried about the pain of getting the braces put on, but like my Dad told me, a few years of pain but then a lifetime of straight teeth.

The first two weeks I had my braces on they were really sore. However, it is different for everyone. Some of my friends who have also had braces said they only felt soreness and pain for a few days.

But hey, it gives you a really great excuse to eat a lot of yogurt, ice cream, and apple sauce for a while! ๐Ÿ˜‰

After I got through the initial week of getting braces on and my teeth adjusting, the pain went away and I was all good!

The only other times my braces hurt were for a day or two after I got them tighened but it was definitely tolerable and it didn’t last too long!

The Day-To-Day Experience:

One thing that was slighty annoying about braces was how long it took to floss and brush my teeth every night. My orthodontist told me that it was really important for me to floss, and unfortanutely it took me quite a while to floss each tooth. I had regular floss and then I had to use small plastic threads to help me thread the floss under my braces. It took me a really long time at first but I got faster and faster over time.

 

Was It Worth It? Any Regrets?

I definitely don’t regret getting braces. My teeth were really bad before and it was definitely worth it!

Yes, braces were annoying and a pain at times and it seemed like I was never going to be able to get them off, but looking back I am really grateful and glad I got braces. I still have to wear a retainer for quite a while (a few years) so my teeth don’t move back to the way they were, but retainers are definitely way better and easier to manage! Retainers are also nice cause you can take them off for special ocasions and you have your straight teeth!

Overall, I am really glad I got braces and I recommend them to anyone who wants to be more confident in their smile!

Do you have braces or are you thinking about getting braces? If you do have braces, what do you think of them and what has been your experience so far! Comment your experience and thoughts below so we can all share and help each other out!

Also I would LOVE it if you could share this post with any of your friends getting braces or thinking about it!

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Arabella
    24/06/2018 at 7:01 pm

    I’m getting braces on Wednesday so this was great to read! Is there anything certain that you can’t eat?

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      24/06/2018 at 7:03 pm

      As long as your are careful, there is not much that you can’t eat. Just avoid biting into things like apples and I recommend staying away from caramel ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    Beatrice
    24/06/2018 at 7:01 pm

    Love this post! I definitely want to get braces in the future. My teeth are okay-ish but I’m definitely self-conscious about them and it would be a such a welcome change to have straight teeth! Hopefully, also, I wouldn’t have to wear them for a super long time. The flossing really sounds like a pain! Thanks for sharing your experiences ๐Ÿ™‚

    Beatrice | The Bliss Bean

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      24/06/2018 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, Beatrice! Yeah the length of having braces on all depends. I know a friend who only have braces for like 5 months! And the flossing definitely gets quicker with practice haha

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    Jirah Merizz
    24/06/2018 at 8:52 pm

    I actually have braces since the May of last year and it has a lot of advantages. I have a huge gap between my front teeth and thank goodness they are okay now! What I don’t like about braces is that they really hurt after adjustments and you really have to clean it perfectly so there won’t be any stain! I still have to wear these for like two years more and I can’t wait to see what happens! โค Thank you for sharing! I have always loved reading braces experience!!

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      24/06/2018 at 9:46 pm

      Thatโ€™s awesome, Jirah! I definitely agree that I am really grateful I was able to get braces! Itโ€™s totally worth it! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’•

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    Carli
    24/06/2018 at 9:35 pm

    I have to get braces once I get all my 12-year-old molars in, (they’re a few years late๐Ÿ˜‚) and I’m definitely not excited, but I have gaps in between my teeth and I don’t like smiling with my teeth in pictures, either, so I’ll get them. I am excited about all the ice cream and applesauce though! Haha <3

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      24/06/2018 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Carli! It will be so nice once you get through it โ˜บ๏ธAnd yes the ice cream is definitely the best part ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Hannah Snoke
    25/06/2018 at 12:57 am

    I have had clear braces for about 6 months, and I’m already seeing changes, even though my mouth does hurt sometimes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      25/06/2018 at 2:50 pm

      Thatโ€™s awesome! Are you wearing Invisalign? Itโ€™s become really popular nowadays too โ˜บ๏ธ

  • Reply
    Cherish
    25/06/2018 at 2:44 pm

    I have had braces since November 2017 and I am breaking all the rules ๐Ÿ˜‚
    1) I eat corn on the cob
    2) I chew gum
    3) I eat peanut butter
    4) I have caramel

    I might be getting them off next month and I’m so excited! FREEDOM!

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      25/06/2018 at 2:50 pm

      Haha thatโ€™s too funny! I found as long as I cut the cork off the Cobb I was good. And I just had to be careful with gum and caramel ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    Rebecca / Joy Unspeakable
    25/06/2018 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve had braces for 1 1/2 years, and get them off in October (I hope!) The adjustments leave my mouth hurting for a few days, but other than that, there’s no pain, thankfully! Thanks for sharing your “story”! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      25/06/2018 at 3:44 pm

      Thatโ€™s awesome, Rebecca! October is not too far away in the grand scheme of things! โ˜บ๏ธThanks for commenting and reading! ๐Ÿ’“

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    Kristian
    26/06/2018 at 3:48 am

    My teeth aren’t in super bad shape but I was told I needed braces…. I like hearing you share about your experience. I’ve heard different people say different things and some of them make it sound totally scary ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      26/06/2018 at 3:50 am

      You are lucky then haha โ˜บ๏ธYou might only need braces for a few months which is awesome! Braces are definitely not as scary as most people think including myself before I got them ๐Ÿ˜‚Thanks for reading girl! ๐Ÿ’“

  • Reply
    Zella T
    27/06/2018 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve had (and now have) braces! I agree, a little pain now for straight teeth later!

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      28/06/2018 at 5:59 pm

      Totally agree! Itโ€™s so worth it! Thanks for reading, Zella! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ’“

  • Reply
    Keeley
    28/06/2018 at 4:15 am

    I am getting my braces off next week and I am SO excited!! Your teeth look sooo amazing Taiya!! <3

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      28/06/2018 at 5:59 pm

      That is SO exciting Keeley! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

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    Maria
    03/07/2018 at 12:23 am

    Hey! I have braces not that long time and I really don’t know which food is best for me. Can you please give me some advice? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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