Do you want to hear a funny joke? Hold on, let me brace myself... I have been using my retainers since grade(5)five [ INPUT LONG SIGH] Having retainers as a pre-teen can be challenging as well as daunting. There is plenty to get used to and new habits to conform to. I must admit though, even through all that pain, it's not that bad. The very first time the braces goes onto your teeth, it feels weird and only starts hurting after a couple of hours. Oh, and your teeth becomes uber sensitive. I will always want my teeth to remain straight forever and ever so this means I will be wearing mines for the rest of my life *awkward* Note to my future husband ... I Preemptively apologise for my strange speech impediment...lisp, slurred ( or shall I say thlurred speech) and metal. Drool. Wait. Drool? Did someone say drool *disgusting* Yes, you do drool slightly. When you drool, you drool while drooling drool.:o Embarrassing as it may sound, you just have to get used to it. Its an ongoing process and it doesn't stop even if your mouth is dry. The metal-like plates comes with a long list of insults and nicknames. Unfortunately, throughout your school life one can expect to be called brace-face, jaws, metal-mouth, train-tracks, tin grin and the list goes on....*Injustices of youth* However, I am totally grateful that I was able to wear retainers, my teeth has straightened out, perfectly. Being *orthodontically * challenged has made me realise that retay-tays will forever be waiting at my bedside, soaking in Listerine *sigh* But if I neglect to clink on my precious retainers (expensive hunks of clunky metal) I am doomed. I know this from experience because I usually clink mine *confessions of a brace face* the night before my dentist appointment, I ultimately use brute force and can barely eat for days.*struggle* Like many other teens, I was self-conscious about my teeth. Whenever I smiled , it was a guarded sort of smile. A turned away smile. You can say I had a tight-lipped smile reserved for family and close friends only. Now, my teeth looks good and my smile is a real confident one. I think I smile a little too obnoxiously now. Cue (dramatic music and some lightning⚡strikes) Although I have to brush and soak them all the time, regularly, I still get annoyed because they are the real cause of my painful canker sores and cuts. Brushing routines have become longer and tedious. Flossing is really time consuming but important *sigh* AND I will never like flossing.....and that my friends is the gospel truth....Seriously, I just felt the need to vent out*ugh* When you consider the trials and travails associated with metal on your teeth, consider the results, a dazzling :mrgreen:smile to last but a lifetime. I like my retay-tays, it gives me a sense of Security. Shout-out to all those teens who were blessed with straight teeth *blessingsonblessings*. Those of you who have perfect teeth will have no idea what it feels like to be a brace-face.😬 But Seriously!!! I still wear my retainers every night.*struggle*😜 Blessings...

Published by Junaisha T