When I began wearing braces in March 2017, the end goal was always to have them removed before the end of May this year.That goal was achieved last Monday, a mere 14 months and one day after they were fitted. During those 14 months, the same two questions were asked of me:
- Were they worth the money? Well, yes. I’d disliked the crookedness of my teeth, particular those on the upper jaw, for a very long time and I’d reached a stage in my life where I could afford to do something about it. Orthodontic work for adults is not available on the NHS (in the UK), so going private was the only option.
- If you knew what it had entailed, would you have gone ahead anyway? This is a more difficult question to answer. I experienced a lot of discomfort, especially during the early days and weeks, and was never not aware that I was wearing braces. I felt self-conscious the whole time, even though common sense told me that most people I encountered didn’t even notice. And those that did often divulged that they would also like to straighten their teeth.
So, all in all, even though I may still not have a million dollar smile, I certainly now have a smile I’m happy with. That alone makes the expense and discomfort 100% worth it.