I made it through adolescence fairly unscathed. I never struggled with acne or had braces, and didn’t get glasses until either late my junior year or my senior year of high school. In my twenties, I struggled with acne during my pregnancies and in my thirties stress and hormones cause my face to break out like nothing else. My eyesight has continued to require stronger and stronger prescriptions, and the word bifocals has been tossed around for the past 3 years. In fact, I am currently doing this weird thing with my contacts in hopes of staving off the dreaded bifocals another year or two. I never thought that at 38 I would succumb to braces, but here I sit with a mouth full of metal and very sore teeth.
Unknown to me, I’ve always had a slight overbite and years of clenching my jaw made it so that at times I couldn’t chew at all. The remedy- braces to fix my overbite. This will give my jaw a chance to rest and heal, because I can not clench it (I know, I’ve been trying.) And, when the braces are off if I continue to clench I will not longer be doing it on a misaligned jaw.
I am learning what and how to eat with wires and brackets- I am fairly certain that this might be the best diet aid ever! While wondering if my brain will ever adjust to the new contact routine. Chances are that by the end of the year, I’ll be going to my orthodontist appointment in a pair of swanky new bifocals.