Getting braces is practically a rite of passage. Sure, there are a lucky few who come away unscathed, but most of us enter high school with a full mouth of metal. While we might not feel super-psyched about it, braces really are a big deal when it comes to a future of bigger and brighter smiles. In an arguably short amount of time – most people wear braces for an average of two years, some as short as six months, and a small percentage for longer than 24 months (they probably prizefight on the weekends), your braces will be just another part of your past.
Although a class bully or two might mock your braces, you should know that you’re actually making a fashion statement. Braces are French. That’s right. And given how long they’ve actually been around, you could argue that braces have gone from classic to absolute vintage-grade style in near record time.
Pierre Fauchard, considered the “father of modern orthodontics,” created braces in 1728, after penning (feather-penning that is), The Surgeon Dentist. Let’s put this into perspective. Braces are approaching nearly 300 years of existence, yet many modern day braced-beauties complain of the pain associated with outfitting and tightening their braces. Kids, what do you think these procedures were like during the dawn of the 1700s?
Give the griping a rest and read on for crucial ways to care for your braces – and your teeth overall – by keeping in mind a few key tips to put your best brace face forward.