Since some of you will be in Reno when I go there this summer for the Romance Writers of America conference, I thought I'd warn you about the braces :-) I got my upper ones put on in December and yippee...get the lowers on Tuesday (Happy Day After Memorial Day).
I absolutely despise the braces but they were a necessary evil. I still had a baby tooth and the adult tooth decided to come in--when I was 35. A little slow moving, that one ;-). When the adult tooth came in, though, it popped through the roof of my mouth, far away from where it needed to be. Since it was at an angle behind all my front teeth, removing it would compromise the root structure of all those teeth.
My choices? Upper dentures or braces. NO WAY was I going for dentures at my age, so I opted for the S&M braces. ;-)
My daughter had had them and I thought they wouldn't be that bad. Well, I forgot how stubborn adults--and their mouths--can be. It has hurt nearly every day since I got them put on. It took months before I got used to the uppers, several weeks before I could eat anything other than soup and pasta (which made me ultimately gain 15 pounds...another ugh).
It didn't get REALLY fun until I had my oral surgery (right after the cruise). During that, they removed my wisdom teeth, took out the baby tooth and
cut open the roof of my mouth to move the adult tooth over.
Oh wait, it gets better ;-) They then attached a chain to it, which they later hooked up to the wire in my braces. Every four weeks, I go in and they ratchet it over a few turns, pulling that tooth into place. Last time, I had to really steel myself so I wouldn't scream in pain in front of the six-year-old in the next chair (or worse, break down bawling like one of her kindergarten pals ;-). I was, after all, the adult here, so I just pretended yanking one of my teeth across my palate was oh, so, fun, you should try it sometime.
I'm almost thinking dentures would have been better ;-)
So, if you see me in Reno, or anywhere else, please lavish pity on me, LOL. The braces should be off after Christmas at the latest...it all depends on how quickly that adult tooth moves into place (uh, considering it took THIRTY-FIVE YEARS to get here in the first place, I don't hold out a ton of hope for a speedy ending).
In a sec, I'll upload DS's drawing of me with braces. It's lovely ;-)