My orthodontist recently told me I had to have rubber bands put on and now, they’re on! Dr. Harrington had to remove a couple brackets to put on new ones with little “hooks” that hold the bands in place. They’re easy to put on and take off. I just thread them over the hooks top and bottom, and I’m good to go.
Dr. Harrington’s assistant told me that I might be a little sore at first while my teeth got used to the bands, but just to leave them on and ‘power through’ rather than trying to ease into it a little at a time. She was right! I left the bands on all day for the first two days, and while my teeth were a little tender at first, they got used to it quickly.
Dr. Harrington told me to leave the bands on about 20 hours per day. I usually leave them on from after dinner until breakfast, and then wear them for the remainder of the day, unless I have a party or social event. Of course, they also come off while I eat. As it turns out, the rubber bands are just one more thing about braces I thought I’d have a hard time getting used to, but have turned out to be no big deal.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve already had my braces for months! Now, whenever somebody tells me they aren’t sure they want to get braces because the treatment seems like a long time, I tell them, “Hey, the time is going to go by whether you get braces or not. But if you get the braces, at least at the end of it you’ll have straight teeth.”
On that note, my 13-year-old son will have his first orthodontic consultation soon. He has some crowding in the front and I think he’s probably going to need braces. What do you think—should we try to arrange a mother-son braces photo shoot?