I have to admit that I am feeling a mix of emotions right now. They range from happiness/excitement to fear/anxiety. I'm happy because this is all new and very exciting to me. It feels like Christmas eve or something. I almost feel like a kid again, despite being 26 lol. I've been reading up on everything braces related so I can be ready for my journey. I've joined online support forums for adults with braces and everything. I honestly feel like this year will be such an amazing year of self improvement. Whether it is through improving my outside, excelling on the job, or simply finding a new inner peace. I'm starting to sound like a hippy, right?? I just want to be the best me I can be.
Now let me get to why I feel anxiety and fear. This process is a bit scary.
It is a two year commitment(maybe longer). This will effect my eating and the way I do anything that requires me to use my mouth. I've heard horror stories of people experiencing tons of pain too. Some people say it is hard to eat even mashed potatoes for several weeks...ouch! Others complain about experiencing excessive random drooling, dry lips, altered speech and more. And let's not forget the hygiene issue! Braces are veryyyy high maintenance and require special cleaning after each meal. And then there's the morning and night time cleanings as well...sheesh! There is also the fear of breaking something. And then there is the fear of them not working. I know...that's crazy, but I'm scared my teeth will not move...lol. It's hard to imagine myself with a new smile. It almost seems surreal, unreal, too god to be true or whatever random cliche you would like to insert here.