Because of the way my lip naturally falls, you really can’t tell when I talk that I even have orthodontic appliances on my teeth at all, but a big smile soon catches your attention, and the return from the smile catches my lip.
That feels a bit awkward, as I have to make sure it does not ‘catch’ on the brackets and wire on the way down.
I reach for the Nurofen almost immediately…no need to have my working day disrupted!
Also I have dimples, which are a feature bought about by strong cheek muscles, which means that the brackets on the furthest back teeth rub insanely every time I smile or talk….but I am determined to get through a day without wax to see how it is.
I go to the bathroom to reapply my lipstick…that’s going to take some adjustment to the technique so that I don’t end up gouging patterns in my exclusive limited edition Chanel and filling my braces with waxy colour!
The brackets, in spite of the torturous appearance of them, are remarkably smooth. At least for now they seem to be, it is just those rear ones that are quite sharp, a poke with my finger confirms that….yep, hooks…man, how is my mouth ever going to adjust to 4 massive hooks rubbing on it 24/7?
Oh and then I get a lunch invite! LUNCH…are you kidding me?? I wrote the braces instructions….I can’t eat anything! Let alone my first braces meal in public with people looking at me….oh and they will be looking…
So after securing an assurance that I would be told if I manage to wrap spinach around a bracket, I opted for a meal item I could cut up into smaller pieces and deliver to my back molars to do the work, and looked longingly at the bruschetta that I can no longer chomp into….
The only problem not planning this braces episode more carefully were all the lasts I was missing out on…my last burger, last apple, last corn on the cob, last stick of gum, last snickers bar…hmmm until we meet again!
Oh and on the way home I stop to get some Bonjela just in case!
The first supper
Having tricked me into getting braces by luring me into a ‘commitment’ discussion, I realised that none of my family knew this was to happen today and wondered how long it would be until they noticed….so I slunk home and said nothing!
We ate dinner, and to be fair to the family, big smiles were done whilst looking at my plate so nobody got a good full frontal ‘tin grin’…I was really enjoying this game and couldn’t wait to see their faces for the ultimate reveal!
Soft dinner because I was anticipating this being difficult, but no….other than worrying what debris was left in the front of my apparatus, all pain free!
When I flashed a smile at hubby about 5 hours later he looked so surprised and asked when I take them out….ah no dear, they are a permanent fixture for at least 12-18 months. So we tried a kiss…hmmm….no problem there he concluded. No problem to him, just need to be sure not to push my lips too hard into the braces.
My 14 year old was next to notice….what are you trying to look like some kind of random teenager….or words to that effect were uttered. I grinned more…yes that’s it…youth dew, I have discovered the secret to looking younger!
And so off to bed for the night, no drugs, no wax…I just want to see what tomorrow brings…