Join Date: May 2002
Location: Kenmore, Washington
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I just got braces on for the second time. My husband got his on at the same time, for the first time. We are in our twenties.
You don't want to hear about me, I'm strange.
My husband, however, is normal. And he is having some troubles with pain. He has a very low tolerance to pain, and is a little bit of a hypochondriac, so he worries the pain is something wrong. If he wasn't so sensative, he wouldn't feel it. If he wasn't paranoid, it wouldn't bother him. But, he was unprepared for the amount of discomfort.
Really, I would think back to when you were an itty-bit, and you had loose teeth. Did the pain really bother you, or was it a forgetable ache. For me, that's all the braces are, a forgetable ache. And the pain never lasts more than 2 days after a wire adjustment. A week when they're new, then only two days.
The gum thing is just that your teeth move into line and are less compacted. There is now more tooth to cover and the same amount of gum. It can cause problems, but there's no good way to predict who will have problems.
Personally, I'm kinda ticked about the brackets. Last time I had braces, I never busted off a bracket, ever. Now they use that laser activated glue and I've snapped off two in a month. Argh.
Hope you get SOMETHING out of this ramble, I'm sure you'll do fine, it's easy, really.
Oh, edit: Definitely get the water pik, or consider an electric flosser. They're about $25 and my hygenist said my gums looked better than ever. Previously, I used the water pik, but the flosser is doing better for me. Especially with the braces. No threading required.
After 4 m/c, our is here!