Well, it’s official.
I have braces.
They are not the old-school metal kind. They are Invisalign. So far, they’re not painful at all. I was warned by people who had braces back in the day (i.e. when they were supposed to have them) that when you first get braces it’s beyond painful. I’ve only had mine for like two hours, so we’ll see how it goes. These are cool because they’re clear. Plus, you take them out to eat and brush your teeth, which means I can have carrots or caramel or whatnot. Not that I’m a huge caramel eater. But you know how the second you can’t have something, it’s all you can think about?
My internal age is 16, but I’m feeling even more 16 than usual. Like I might accidentally on purpose run into the cute new guy in the hall after 5th period. Adult braces are hilarious. I’m supposed to have mine for 14 months. Then I will miraculously emerge with a Movie Star Smile. Actually, the issue is my bite. My top and bottom teeth meet at an angle. Over time, this breaks down the enamel and causes lots of problems. My choice was to either fix the problem now or pay the price later. As a bonus, my front tooth will finally get straightened. It’s been slightly crooked ever since I kept throwing out my retainer at lunch in junior high, then stopped wearing it completely because it was killing.
There is one good thing about getting braces way after you’re supposed to. I don’t have to worry about teeth drift. If my teeth decide to drift when I’m 90, I have a feeling it will be the least of my issues.