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Girl With Braces

Ever wondered what you might have in common with Angelina Jolie or Beyoncé…? Well braces is the answer! If you have them or are soon to be fitted with them, you’re in good company with celebrities now rushing to their dentist for this most unlikely of accessories. Once only reserved for teenagers, braces have become the most unlikely ‘must-have’ for celebrities looking for that Hollywood smile.

Studies have shown that in the past, up to 85% of people believed that a less than perfect smile ruined their appearance, but most were against wearing braces.

Well not anymore… orthodontic technology has moved on considerably over the last few years, with braces coming in a range of styles and colours, with the latest products offering almost total invisibility.


Why do we need braces?

Braces offer an ideal solution for an ‘overbite’ or ‘underbite’, are ideal if you have large gaps, crooked teeth or your mouth is overcrowded.


Do braces hurt?

Any discomfort noticed immediately after your braces have been fitted or when they’ve been adjusted tends to quickly subside. Your dentist will speak to your parents or guardian with regard to any pain relief required for these first few days when your mouth may feel a little tender.


How do braces work?

Braces correct any position problems you may have. By applying steady pressure on your teeth, this pressure eventually straightens and aligns your teeth for a perfect smile.


How long do I have to wear braces for?

Anything between 12 -36 months is normal and well worth the inconvenience for lovely straight teeth.


Caring for your braces.

Braces can trap food and cause a build-up of plaque so careful cleaning is really important and regular check-ups with your dentist are useful to not only check on your progress but also to ensure complete hygiene is being maintained.


If you can, try to avoid sugary drinks and chewy or sticky food such as toffees or popcorn.


How can I avoid being teased about my new braces?

Chances are your parents will make the decision as to whether you need braces or not. It’s far better to accept their decision rather than spend hours arguing over what is going to be; after all they are simply ensuring you have the very best oral health. And, if you’re main concern is what others may think, then give yourself a little pep talk.

  • Think nice thoughts about yourself and how fabulous your teeth will look in a few months’ time and how you will be the envy of all your friends.
  • Be polite and confident letting others know you think your braces are pretty cool and that even the trendiest of people now have them.
  • And finally if someone says you can’t kiss when wearing braces, laugh this off… letting them know you kiss with your lips and not your teeth!

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Comments

Dancer101??

Thanks for your help!💖

S

I had a tongue guard for 4 months and I was like teased in a funny way especially by this girl. But then soon after she got it too when mine got taken off which is quite funny. Since I've got braces, I've broken the brackets a lot of times. Now I'm kind of use to it, but still want to be protective.

E

I'd be okay going to school if I had braces because lots of people have them too. But I have a tongue guard which no one else in my school has. Heck, I didn't even know what it was until a few weeks ago. I am immensely insecure about talking because people always stare at it instead of looking at my eyes and they always ask me why I have a lisp. I just can wait until the day I can get it taken off.

Teen

Omg that last bit that said you kiss with your lips and not your teeth crying😂😂😂😂

Giulietta

I've had braces for awhile now and used to dread the idea of having them put on, when really it's nothing to worry about. I actually think that look better in Braces and now loads of people have/are getting them, so if you are good luck ; )

Hetty xx

Thank you so much! I have glasses and the wonkiest teeth in the world, I was stressing loads... Now I don't have to as I know I'll look nicer soon

Ceri <3

I was really scared about having braces. In a year I'm getting them, and I have to have 2 teeth out. I was petrified that people would think that I was a geek with big glasses and braces. Reading this has made me think that it doesn't matter what you look like, it only matters who you are. Thanks so much, lil-lets <3

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