I wore braces myself for many years, mostly as my bottom jaw was misaligned so they had to bring it forward, but I also wore train tracks for a number of years just to straighten my teeth up as well.
My first brace I had when I was around 10 and it was definitely more of a torture device than anything else. I tried my hardest with it and one night after many weeks of trying, I fell asleep with it in, only to have my parents wake me up as a I was screaming; it was agony. My dentist took one look at it, said I didn't think they used this type of brace any more as they are so painful and referred me onto another orthodontist who make me a much easier to live with brace.
Forgetting the torture device, I had three different braces, the first realigned my jaw, the second was train tracks and the last I wore into my adulthood at night to stop everything retuning to where it originally was. I think out of all three I hated my train tacks the most, they were so obvious and everyone could see the bright silver blocks that had been attached to my teeth.
Often back then people would choose colourful elastic bands to make their braces look a bit funky, but I remember I always went for clear as, as much as possible I just wanted them to disappear.
At the time the idea of invisible braces were just coming onto the market and here we are coming on for 20 years after I got my first brace and things have once again come on so far. Options like the Invisalign® range are easily available from clinics such as Ollie & Darsh and can help to fix many dental problems, not just the straightening of teeth.
For me the ability to have had a more invisible brace would have helped with my confidence and I am pleased to see that options such as this are becoming more easily available to all, for people like me who want their smile seen, not the metal in the middle.
Did you have a brace as a child, how did you find it?
*This is a collaborative post.
*Cartoon braces image from Shutterstock.