So I turned 26 and got engaged. I had braces when I was 12 but after wearing my retainer for two years I stopped once I was in high school. My teeth shifted and I started feeling self conscious about my smile. I told my fiance that I really wanted to get them fixed. After visiting two orthos and a dentist we decided to go forward.
The first day they put 6 attachments on my teeth. 3 up top and 3 on the bottom. The bottom ones didn't bother me but the top ones did. I started to feel even more self conscious than ever before! I had a pretty bad lisp. You could also see my saliva in my trays and it grossed me out so I kept thinking it must gross everyone else out! My fiance, friends and co workers all swear they can't see the attachments unless I point them out. I also tend to snack a lot during the day at work..only because I get to work at 7am so I usually have oatmeal and a banana and then lunch at noon. Its a huge hassle brushing and flossing all the time especially in public. Today, my boss was watching me brush my teeth in the bathroom and I felt a tad uncomfortable!
I will say that I'm doing better this week. The first week was really rough on me. Its not painful, it is more of a self conscious matter of people staring at my mouth. I take the trays out whenever I'm in a social situation where I don't feel comfortable with them in..Like going out at night with my fiance..or even getting my make up trial done for my wedding. Any time I know I will be out to dinner with friends or happy hour etc. That is very liberating but at the same time I want to make sure I wear them enough so my teeth move!
This isn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. I have to have them for 10 months. I took the first 6 trays out of the package to see the process of my teeth moving, and it is very very slight. It seems like 10 months might drag on for a long time.
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but until I see results I think I will continue to struggle. Hopefully each week gets better than the last, this is only my second week.
Good luck everyone.