"It took me a while to decide to commit to getting braces because of my age (I'm in my 50s) and the price. I was also given the option to pay in full up front. That was a nice thing to be able to do because I got a discounted price for that, and I didn't have to remember to bring the checkbook with me to each visit.
The first day or two I had braces I was pretty self-conscious about it. You can't really not smile because it is a natural instinct. Also, everybody looks better in a smile.
Basically, the only thing you have to do is follow the rules about brushing, flossing, not eating what you're supposed to, and showing up to appointments on time and it's a pretty easy process. I know it might be harder for parents to get kids to appointments because of multiple commitments (I was able to drive myself) and kids don't necessarily want to follow rules, but there are a couple of carrots to dangle in front of them: if you follow the rules you will have fewer visits due to bracket replacement and you might get your braces taken off sooner. If you have someone who is really resistant perhaps you could pair him/her up with a "braces mentor" about the same age who did really well.
The only other tips I have for people getting braces are get a WaterPik. It really helps keep your teeth clean with not much effort. And don't buy cheap toothbrushes. Get OralB, Crest, Colgate, not Walmart, Meijer, Brand X. The bristles are cheap and the get stuck in you brackets and are really annoying. You have a devil of a time trying to yank them out unless you have access to a medical hemostat.
P.S. For adults with braces, it might be a pretty good form of birth control."
- Diane K.
Review Verified on 5/24/2014