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I cannot believe I'll be getting braces in just over 3 weeks. It's kinda scary thinking about it, actually. After so many years of pain and other bullshit, it's the beginning of the end! Scared but super excited!
What's it like having braces, guys? Any tips on surviving lol?

In the meantime, I'm working on several costumes which will be shot in the upcoming month/s. Elsa's coronation gown, a couple of secret costumes, and many more on the way. Super happy that college is finally over so I can focus on all these outfits and on my career.

Also, go check out this hilarious vid by AmenoKitarou!…
It's a spin-off of "let It Go" from Frozen, poking some fun at the cosplay drama. Laughing at dramu and focusing on the better things in life is the message!.... or take what you will of it. Up to you XD
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vf17dnightmare Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not so much pain but odd pleasure and turns into soreness.  Definitely get the bite wafers. Avoid gum, or anything chewy. Get the flossing tool with the pick, so much easier to floss with or a water pick. It's odd at first having metal in your mouth. When you get your braces off you should get a retainer. Make sure you wear it as prescribed. Some people don't wear it, causing  your teeth to misalign again. Good oral hygiene!  Oh, you will also  feel like you have a lot of room in your mouth after the braces come off and a bit soreness  when they are taken off. I had mine for about 1 year. 
SewMonster Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm planning on getting Invisalign sometime in the near future. I know they're nothing compared to braces but I too am afraid of the metal ones. I will say though, from friends I've known who got them they said they might be somewhat uncomfortable but it's worth it. I wish you good luck with it!
lorenzo34840 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg, I was as scared as you are but you shouldn't be at all. For me, my teeth were really crooked and I've had 8 teeths removed. But after 1 year of treatment, I can say I'm glad I have braces. It hurts the first months but you get used to it really fast. I wish you good luck! It's all for the better, after that, you'll be super happy.
jasonpal Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
3DMG Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Avoid anything Chewie! Having to go to a dentist after pulling off a bracket with a minty is painful, physically and financial.
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the first months you'll have difficulty eating and talking, but after a while you'll feel it to be normal. The worst is getting small cuts in your mouth, they will happen from time to time, so have a mouth-wash-healer for it available.
sheliavp Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

PS: I don’t think I’m going to make it to Australia in the next few years unless I write a really good novel. If I do happen to get to your part of the world I will be bringing Zombie Bit Me (see is on DA) with me maybe you to can do some epic cosplay together.

sheliavp Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Braces are well worth it to fix any problems you may have with your teeth. Also as a person that does cosplay the fans like it when you smile. :D (Big Grin) 
Vishapi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I recommend not cutting the wires.

Other than that any food that you don't really have to chew or that isn't to warm is needed to survive after tightening.
Timor888 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I Never Stopped Eating Things I Shouldn't 'POPCORN FOR LIFE' Lol But I Was Lucky I Never Broke Them, You Need To Be Careful Though Because If They Break You Need To Keep Them On Longer.  Anyway I Recommend Ice Cream Or Frozen Yogurt After Every Tightening 1 So The The Cold Might Deaden The Pain A Bit And 2 It Tastes AWESOME ^_^
ArrowMk84 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The biggest tip I can give you is to make sure your orthodontist doesn't screw up the alignment between your upper and lower teeth. Mine did, and I didn't know it. Over a decade later I had to gingival graphs done to fix the resulting damage to my gums and alter some of the musculature in my mouth. What happened was the misalignment put stress on my gums, causing them to recede over the years. The graph replaces the lost gum tissue with tissue harvested from the roof of the mouth, and while my periodontist was doing that, she also had to move the muscles that connect my upper gums to my cheeks to mitigate the stress from the misaligned teeth. Oh, and this little horror story doesn't include the two crowns and a root canal I had to get as the stress from the missed aligned teeth ended up breaking two of my lower my teeth (my current dentist was highly pissed when he saw what my orthodontist had done)

So, make sure your orthodontist does your braces right, or you may have to end up spending several thousand dollars on oral procedures later. I strongly recommend that you periodically get a second opinion from a dentist unaffiliated with your orthodontist to make sure everything is going well.
GuruGuru214 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bite wafers.  They're these u-shaped pieces of plastic/rubber that you lightly bite on for about 15 minutes a few times a day after getting your braces adjusted, and they are life savers.  Painkillers help deaden the soreness, but using bite wafers helps relieve it.  Your orthodontist might give them to you (mine did), but I find that a lot of people with braces have never heard of them, which is a shame, because they were probably the single most helpful thing when I had my braces.

Also, don't be afraid to smile.  I was self-conscious about my braces and smiled with my mouth closed for photos.  This just looked awkward and forced, and looking back, I really regret it.  There's nothing wrong with having braces on your smile, and at the end of the day you're still gorgeous as hell, braces or not!

And most importantly, don't be scared about it.  Yeah, having braces on isn't the greatest thing in the world, but they're really not so bad.  You get used to them pretty quickly, and the soreness usually isn't that bad.  Most of the time, you won't even notice them.  And be aware that the instant you get them off, the very first thing you'll do is run your tongue over your teeth.  I had mine for just over two years, and it was the strangest damn thing to have my teeth feel smooth again.
grim22x7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
You'll be sore for awhile after you first get them on. They'll tell you about that. Since you are getting them later (I had mine in elementary and middle school) brushing and flossing are going to be much more important. Don't be afraid to use the wax to cover the pointy bits. I had a terrible time with the wires in the back catching my cheek. I have a scar from it. I guess I was afraid of it falling off and swallowing it... That's if you are getting the glue on kind. If you are getting the invisalign type, then you'll have a much better time. More willpower required though. Either way, when it's all over, don't forget to wear your retainer! Get lots of different colors bands. But the bolder the color the more likely they are to fade. Reds fade to pink real quick. Well they used too, that was awhile ago.
fant32 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
I never had braces, so I have no tips...but I think you'll look cute with them, so be sure to take some fun/cutesy shots with your braces and don't be ashamed of them! Hope everything turns out great and pain-free for you!
SaikiThorn Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Congrats on your upcoming braces! I wish you the best of luck with them. May your days with braces be filled with as little pain as possible. I, too, am hoping to get braces soon.
Akumeno Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
prepare for some weeks of soft food :S
blinded-dinosaur Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That video was hilarious, though he probably shouldn't quit his day job.  LOL  :)

I look forward to seeing your future secret projects!
jacobiteghost Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Artist
I had braces from when I was 20 to when I was about nearly 22 (got them off 1 day before my 22nd birthday and 3 days before my University Graduation, so that was awesome) and while mine didn't hurt as much as other peoples (main thing was just closing a 3mm gap between my front teeth rather than pulling teeth back into line) it still wasn't the most pain free two years of my life. I really missed the taste of apples as even when you cut them into slices they still get caught in the wires. Then I found a substitute: apple sauce from a tin. I used to be able to drink a tin of that a day. As for pain, like I said, I didn't have it bad compared to most so a lot of the time I just sucked it up and dealt with it, however ulcer cream is your best friend I found as the insides of your cheeks may get cut up, especially after tightening, other than that the two - three days after you have them tightened are the worst.

Confidence wise I've never really been a smiler but it did make me less wanting to go out partying, not sure if this is a good or a bad thing but I had them while I was at acting school so that made me confront the issue a bit but I still wasn't that happy about trying to hit on members of the fairer sex with them on. Might be different for girls due to the gender politics but at the end of the day they are only on for a limited time and you are stunning anyway. Just got to keep that mind and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
StayGiant Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Braces were okay. Although, you do start to miss certain foods, like apples, corn... popcorn. Stuff like that. Oh, and it might happen, might not, but when you get the bottom ones, eat something big and quick afterwards, because the bottoms hurt. Not a lot, but enough to be a bother.
Mokmo82 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
If your teeth are giving you problems, it's a good thing. 

So... basically, you'll have some discomfort eating hard foods, some of your teeth will feel as if they're loose a bit and others just the opposite. You'll quickly learn that some things are too much work to clean after and make them "special occasions" foods. 
Usually whenever you get a readjustment the pain can be a bit annoying but it goes away after a day. Aceteminophen (Tylenol ? Panadol?) or ibuprofen worked for me. And you'll eat soft for the next meal or two.

That little wax they give you if your metal parts are hurting your inner cheeks is a godsend. 

natestarke Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
What kinda braces are they? Normal or over the top? dont think theyll b tjat bad.
csazurik Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
I had them for 3 or 4 years, no fun at all. Be prepared for some pain after each time you get them tightened and new rubber bands put on. Odds are you will be eating lots of soft food at those times. I'm happy the way things turned out.
wyldbill68 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Had braces for four years and retainers for the same. But it was so worth it. Flossing back then was a pain in the butt.. Hopefully you can get the ones that go on the inside of the teeth. :D good luck.. :)
RedPandaRobot Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
I had braces and headgear... I hated them but I'm very happy with how my teeth are now.
FrozenNote Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh wow I personally hated having braces... It was I think 11 or 12 or something when I had them and wow did they annoy me. I know a lot of people think they're cute, but I thought they looked ugly on me ;n; Also taking care of them is a pain and I found it hard to get used to them to the point where I couldn't sleep.

Sorry to be Dr. Funkill about this, I hope it will be better for you than it was for me!
PadmaPhala Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   General Artist
eat ice-cream :)

Fairy Tale's Elsa?
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