Aging Expectations

Boobs versus Braces

Confession:  I’m at a point in my live where things are starting to look a little worn.

What? Not surprised? For the number of years I’ve lived, I think I’m in pretty good shape but let’s face it…I’m not 20 and you can just look at my body and tell.

I’m not looking for a pity party, I’m just telling you. Believe me, I wouldn’t want to be 20 again. All right, that’s a lie – I’d take 20 again but with my current life experience. All right, fine – I’d just take 20 any way you give it to me!

The Dilemma

Lots of my friends are getting boob jobs. After a few kids those perky friends need a pick-me up and mine are no different.

Here’s the problem though, I had another area that was demanding more attention – my mouth. Now, my teeth weren’t a huge problem – some of my “defects” could be seen as charming but it bugged me. It bugged me much worse then my boobs.

The biggest problem was my one front tooth, which was getting pushed out a bit because the other teeth were crowded up on it or I guess more under it. It started a long time ago but with each year it was getting a tiny bit worse. So bad, that at night when I was trying to sleep I felt like I couldn’t close my mouth over it. Okay, sometimes I’m a bit dramatic. But it bothered me and I knew it would only get worse.

The Decision 

I went to the orthodontist to discuss it. Her reaction was, “Who cares about that top tooth, have you seen the bottom ones? They are completely overcrowded.”

Well then, there you have it. It wasn’t a hard decision really. My teeth bothered me much more than my breasts. Besides, I figured I’d save getting the boob job for when I’m in my fifties…they are going to look spectacular.

Now What?

Lots of people get Invisalign now, which is cool. For me, it wouldn’t have worked. Why? The main reason, and really only reason; if I could take it off, I would.

Too much discomfort, off. A big dinner, off. A special event, off. Meeting new people, off. Seeing old friends, off. Watching TV, off. You get my point.

So, I started the braces process. Yes, I say, process!

Getting Them

When I got them on, it was – horrible! I complained ALL the time. I’m not being overly dramatic here. I’m serious. I complained. I felt bad for my family having to listen but I felt worse for me, so I kept complaining.

I had to relearn how to brush my teeth and relearn how to floss. In the beginning I would only eat soft things. I wouldn’t eat anything I had to actually bite. I did lose a few pounds actually – just about the only benefit.

If I thought I couldn’t close my mouth before – I had no idea. Now, I really couldn’t close my mouth. I had to make an effort to get my lips over my teeth. Enough detail? It was terrible. I think you got it.

Only Kids Should Get Braces

Here’s my philosophy on why only kids should get braces…first, they aren’t used to how their teeth feel in their mouth. I mean, not so long ago they didn’t even have teeth. Then they had teeth falling out all over the place. And, new teeth coming in. Their mouths are a mess. Things are shifting and have been shifting for the majority of their time on earth. When they get braces, it’s just more shifting. Not a big deal.

The second part of this ground-breaking philosophy is when kids complain, we can tell them to be quiet and quit complaining. They can still whine a bit but when it gets them nowhere, they usually stop. Not me and probably not most adults. I know nobody’s changing it but nobody can tell me to be quiet. I guess they could – but I don’t have to listen. I can just keep complaining. I’m not saying it’s right – I’m saying it is…

Surviving

My orthodontist first told me I’d have to wear the braces for 20 months. My progress was coming along nicely though and she shortened it to 18 months. Then I really pressed and I was able to get them off in 14 months!

Yes, 14 months! That was six months early. Oh boy, was I happy!!

On the morning of my “de-bonding” appointment, I considered camping out outside of the office but I held back and went at my scheduled time. Okay, I went 30 minutes early. It was amazing to lick my teeth again. I’m serious – you don’t realize how often you actually lick your teeth and you certainly don’t realize how much you’d miss it if you couldn’t do it.

Five Tips

Here’s my five tips for a happy braces experience:

  1. Keep all your appointments – don’t delay, clear your schedule. Try to even schedule a few days or a week early when possible.
  2. Take good care of your teeth – brush always. I used to brush after I ate anything thing.  Floss (even though it’s hard). Use the tools available to you (electric toothbrush, little cleaners, etc.)
  3. Think straight – you may not buy this one but hey, who got their braces off six months early? Think about your teeth aligning how they should, I swear it helps.
  4. Remember where you started – they gave me the mold of my “before” teeth when I left after getting my braces on…I looked at those molds often. It helped me see the progress I’d made so far and reminded me what I was fixing.
  5. Communicate with the doctor – ask questions, find out why they are doing things, if things don’t seem right, ask them about it…it helps keep you both on target with the final results.

Results

Here’s some pictures showing me before, during, and after.

Before:

This was about six years ago. It’s already a big problem.

This was two years ago.

During

About four months in.

About six months in.

About nine months in.

After

Not a great picture but this is the day after getting them off.

Ta da! 🙂

I’m not done yet. Right now, I’m in the retainer phase. But, it’s been so worth it. I love how my new teeth look and I’m glad I went with the braces. In another 10 or so years, I’ll let you know how the boob job goes…wait until you see those “before” and “after” shots!

If you have any questions about the experience, let me know! 
Or if you’re going through it and want to complain, I’m all ears!

42 comments

  1. How could one not respond with a title like that!

    I had braces in high school – but I lost my retainer years and years ago. I can tell that they are getting a little crowded again, but I don’t think I’d get braces. Now a boob job? I’d like mine to defy some gravity 🙂

  2. Yay! You got them off- congrats!!!!! As someone who had to wear them for 2-3 years as a teen, I’m jealous of how fast you got through the process. That’s awesome!

  3. Hey you were so gorgeous in that last photo of you in a new hair and a perfect smile, it looks good on you. About your written topic, well all i could say is if your not actually flat chested then why do a boob job? Back then, If you were to ask my opinion i would have obviously said to you “if your troubled with your teeth, get a braces–when its all perfect then that’s the time you go for boob job” LOL!” And you are wrong by the way, a crooked teeth would be a total turn-off. Yes men would be like “YEAHHH” when they see your great booby but eventually their eyes are gonna wanna know to whom that nice big thing they’re looking at belongs to.

    Congratulations on that perfect smile you are on. I am from Manhattan and a friend of mine has a dental clinic which is very popular in there, they got Invisalign, 6 month smiles and veneers too. look here 6 months braces.

    Thanks and good luck for that boob job plan. LOL!

  4. Hey you were so gorgeous in that last photo of you in a new hair and a perfect smile, it looks good on you. About your written topic, well all i could say is if your not actually flat chested then why do a boob job? Back then, If you were to ask my opinion i would have obviously said to you “if your troubled with your teeth, get a braces–when its all perfect then that’s the time you go for boob job” LOL!” And you are wrong by the way, a crooked teeth would be a total turn-off. Yes men would be like “YEAHHH” when they see your great booby but eventually their eyes are gonna wanna know to whom that nice big thing they’re looking at belongs to.

    Congratulations on that perfect smile you are on. I am from Manhattan and a friend of mine has a dental clinic which is very popular in there, they got Invisalign, 6 month smiles and veneers too. look here 6 months braces.

    Thanks and good luck for that boob job plan. LOL!

  5. Hey you were so gorgeous in that last photo of you in a new hair and a perfect smile, it looks good on you. About your written topic, well all i could say is if your not actually flat chested then why do a boob job? Back then, If you were to ask my opinion i would have obviously said to you “if your troubled with your teeth, get a braces–when its all perfect then that’s the time you go for boob job” LOL!” And you are wrong by the way, a crooked teeth would be a total turn-off. Yes men would be like “YEAHHH” when they see your great booby but eventually their eyes are gonna wanna know to whom that nice big thing they’re looking at belongs to.

    Congratulations on that perfect smile you are on. I am from Manhattan and a friend of mine has a dental clinic which is very popular in there, they got Invisalign, 6 month smiles and veneers too. look here 6 months braces.

    Thanks and good luck for that boob job plan. LOL!

  6. You are a beautiful young woman. I believe you made the right choice. It is very kind of you to share your experience, reasoning & the pictures. I’m going to be 60 next year…I agree a great smile is much more endearing than a good pair of boobs.

  7. You are a beautiful young woman. I believe you made the right choice. It is very kind of you to share your experience, reasoning & the pictures. I’m going to be 60 next year…I agree a great smile is much more endearing than a good pair of boobs.

  8. Wow that sounds awful!! I have a lot more sympathy for my brother now (who had braces at 14) b/c I wouldn’t think about things like licking your teeth!! Good for you. They look amazing and I’m sure they feel a lot better too. Good luck with the boob job. I’m sure that process will be even MORE painful…but also totally worth it!
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  9. I’m totally with you on teeth over boobs. Confession, my mother was a dental hygienist. But everyone sees your teeth, and having a healthy mouth is directly related to so many other things. Braces are NO FUN… but so worth it!!
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  10. You’re so brave for getting braces as an adult! <– They're such a hassle, but absolutely worth it. I loved your comment: "if people are looking at your great boobs, they'll never notice your crooked teeth". Hahahahaha! I lost my retainer a few years ago, after wearing it with my headgear {as a joke} to a concert, and have since noticed my teeth have moved a little. You getting full braces might be the kick in the pants I need to go get another retainer, before full-blown braces are necessary.

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  11. This was me 3 years ago! Except for the boob job part. I had been told by a couple of dentists that I should get braces and by my husband. I struggled with whether or not to do it. When I was 38, I began working for an orthodontist. Like divine intervention. I looked into Invisalign and I said the same thing you did–If I can take them off, I will! So I bit the bullet and got braces at a great deal because of my insurance and the huge discount my boss gave me. It also made me a better employee because I could relate to what the patients were dealing with. We saw adults and children. I got so sick of brushing my teeth all day, but I could not stand the feeling of food in them. I got them off after 15 months. Just in time for my 40th birthday! I am so glad I did it. I love my new smile. Enjoy your SITS Day and all the comment luv.
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  12. Your smile is radiant! But I have to tell you, getting a boob job is NOT the answer for body image happiness. I found when I hit my 40s I became more comfortable with my body and stopped looking for other ways to fix myself up. For heavens sake, go get yourself a great pushup bra. Get fitted by an expert and it will make a world of difference. Either that or get new friends. They are the one’s that seem to be struggling with looks. You look fabulous and I’m sure your man and children think so. Also, is that the example you want to set for your daughter? Just food for thought.
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    1. LOL…whatever makes you feel best, right! I’m starting to fear that by the time I’m ready to get the boobs, I’ll need a face lift!!

  13. Great post! I totally relived being 12 – I can’t imagine doing it now – much less 10 years from now. Way to go! And you’ve clearly got a gorgeous smile now. Loved the title too! Enjoy your SITS day!

  14. I’m 40 and really need braces, too. I really, honestly, had not considered the pain and such. I have 1 teen in braces now, have 1 who has already finished with them, and have 2 more kiddos who may or may not need them. I want straight teeth really bad…but will probably never be able to afford them b/c I’m always paying for a kiddos set! happy SITS day! PS. you’re killing me with the threat of before & after pics for the boob job, LOL!
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