Top Ten Most Annoying Things About Having Braces

Braces are a great long-term investment, and ultimately the pros far outweigh the cons. But damn, they can be a pain in the... teeth.

The Top Ten

1 Pain

The orthodontists say, "A little pressure." yeah, right. More like a LOT of pressure, not to mention severe pain, not being able to eat anything, and constant discomfort.

Lol why am I here of I don't wear braces - Luckys

I definitely agree with this one. Pain is the absolute worst thing about wearing braces, especially after you get your wires changed. And I sometimes wake-up around the middle of the night, because of it. At least it goes away after a day or two. - Stazemar000

This is the most annoying because when I first got my braces I had to swallow my food and I couldn't chew for a week

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2 Eating at other people's houses

Only a few more months until I don't have to put up with having food stuck in my teeth when I eat at a friend's and can't brush. - PetSounds

Whenever I ate at a friends house with braces I just tried to not show my teeth at all after eating. - theevilsquiddancer

Braces must be like hell then. - DapperPickle

It hurts so much

If you have problems with braces, watch "Braceface" and it will cheer you up

Sharon Spitz (Braceface)

3 Wearing elastics

Elastics hurts sooo bad. Literally so bad. The pain is endurable when u get your wires changed but this one. Oh god. This one hurts SO BAD.

It was so loose! I was trying to put the elastics for 1 hour one day. Luckily, they stopped it. - Animefan12

Mine are quite tight. Thankfully, I only have to wear them at night, but if I yawn too widely, they snap. - PetSounds

4 Food restrictions

When my little cousin had braces she ate gum but when I had braces they were off limits.

Popcorn, chewing gum, and corn on-the-cob are officially off limits, but nobody bothers. However, sponge toffee is definitely out.

I once walked into a movie theatre with a massive bag of popcorn, only to see my orthodontist. I passed it to my friend and gave the doc a winning smile. - PetSounds

I was lucky because I didn't pay attention at all to the food restrictions, but nothing ever happened to my braces. - theevilsquiddancer

Do you know how SAD this is? You walk into a movie theater and the air is filled with the delicious, buttery aroma of popcorn.. And you WANT to eat it, and you can see and hear others crunching away loudly, and you have to sit and watch, and try not to make pathetic whimpering sounds.

I already live on a diet with so little flexibility, I can't imagine having braces. It's just that some of the things in said diet won't do my teeth justice. So surely, this must be the worst feat of braces. - PositronWildhawk

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5 Flossing

Yep. It also hurts after getting a wire adjustment. - Stazemar000

NO. It's incredibly difficult, and not to mention hurts if you get a tightening..

It's infinitely tougher with all that metal in your mouth. - PetSounds

I feel your pain.

Sharon Spitz

6 Brushing

The yellowness never goes away

Takes twice as long and hurts if they've been tightened recently. - PetSounds

You have to brush twice as longer. - EpicJake

Brushing takes longer

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7 Biting your cheek/lip

I have a sore pare on the inside of my cheek where the skin is torn off, thank braces

Ever wanted to be pinched by a pair of needlenose pliers? Get braces and bite yourself! - PetSounds

8 Being offered food you can't eat

Yes happens all the time

Grandma: Want some gum, dear?
Me: Can't eat it.. Braces...

My friend’s mom gave me gum and I’m like no I have braces and she’s like sorry

9 Technical difficulties

The orthodontist once placed a wire in such a way that it pokes my lower lip. At that time for 1 week, it hurted when I chewed, it hurted when I smiled, luckily they said to put cotton there for a few days and everything is fine now - Animefan12

When a wire snaps or comes out of place… ouch. - PetSounds

10 Getting hit in the teeth

This is the definition of pain... A normal slap to the face that hits your teeth does hurt, right? Amplify the pain by five. This is from personal experience of getting hit in the teeth by a soccer ball.

It hasn't happened to me, but friends have told me that it hurts quite a bit more with braces than without. - PetSounds

The Newcomers

? You can't close your mouth without biting the brackets off
? Metal rings they put on your molars

Its like I'm chewing with a gum made of metal

The Contenders

11 Poking wire

Wax is the solution for this one - Stazemar000

Wax is the way to go...

This is so annoying


12 Getting your wires changed each time you go to the dentist

Sometimes they accidentally made my wire longer than the left one, so when I chew, the gums on the way back are being stabbed nonstop and they are bleeding. thank you dentist for making my gums bleed

it hurts

Yep. It definitely hurts. No joke :( - Stazemar000

13 Not being able to eat most of your school lunch

I used to eat everything, but now I can only eat school pizza, but not the crust. The Pizza is like 90% crust.

14 Travelling

You can literally feel the cankers forming on the drive home after dinner. - PetSounds

15 You can't eat


Well this sucks

16 Getting beat up at school

Yeah most definitely

Those bullies can kiss my ass

I don't get it - venomouskillingmachine

Ikr I hate that my piazan

17 The amount of canker sores is unbearable

You can't eat anything without metal rubbing up against the already pain infested area. It makes you almost regret fixing your teeth and wish u left them crooked. Trust me, there's no way to escape the canker

18 Having ulcers

Ulcers are moderately annoying when you don't have braces, but with braces, they're unbearable. You can't move your mouth without poking it. - ethanmeinster

19 Trying to kiss with braces

It's especially bad when both people trying to kiss have braces. It's just a mouthful of metal.

It’s really not that hard to kiss with braces, the person isn’t licking your teeth hopefully

20 Looking like a nerd

You won't look like a nerd in my opinion, it's actually really cute. At least you won't have a cricken teeth any more, at the very end of braces, it will look perfectly straight.

Especially if you wear glasses, too.

You can’t look like a nerd?

21 You can only use the brackets as metal teeth since the lower molars are folded inwards

It’s so annoying. I feel like my lower teeth is swollen and I can only chew with my metal brackets. It’s pure hell.

22 Teeth pillows

Anyone else get those teeth pillows when you first get your braces, the hard balls of plastic they put on your back teeth so you don't bit down and break off your front lower braces? Yeah. They suck. You can't eat ANYTHING with them in and they take forever to wear out.

23 Can't bite into anything

Eating is so hard. Last night was my first night with braces so I baked cookies to cheer me up and I could hardly eat them!

You literally can not eat ANYTHING it's like only 3 foods you can eat for the first days, 1.Oatmeal 2.Yorgurt 3.Applesauce

24 You feel ugly

You don’t ever dare to smile in public. Especially not after eating. When you get your braces for the first time, you feel like crying in the mirror because you feel different, you look different, and everybody glances at you with a nasty look.

25 Swallowing elastic

When your eating, they get flung right at your roof of your mouth and then you swallow them. Painful times.

26 Looking weird smiling with your teeth showing

I just got my second set of top braces and now refuse to smile with my mouth open because I feel like I'm back in middle school even though I'm a 10th grader now. Ugh.

When I was in grade 6 and 7, I would always smile with my closed and if I smiled with my teeth showing, I would look weird

27 You can't smile

If you try to smile you will probably dry your lip and it will get like thousands for cuts.I HATE IT but its okay just hang on there! I guess :3 You know I really need lip bomb well I gotta go to the store now bye!

28 Wax

You may as well cello tape the wax on, it is that useless

The purpose of the wax kit is an emergency poke fixer thing but I have trouble putting it in

29 Tightening them

Honestly its like you get your braces on again, but just not as bad

I feel your pain everyone

Sharon Spitz

30 Springs on front bottom teeth

When I smiled my lip got caught under it, it was worst when it got caught when my lips were dry D: because it was so bulky it always showed which made it hard to do a closed lip smile. I needed it to make gaps on my bottom teeth cause there was major crowding. I had the marks of the springs on the back of my lips (with cuts) and they couldn't heal because the springs where always digging into the back of my lip. In the morning since my lip was over it all night it would get stuck and I would basically have to painfully pry my lip off :( not to mention the drool because the bulky ness made my mouth stay open at night. But I got the springs off and they're normal braces now so me and my lip are happy now :D and my bottom teeth got so straight the day after they came off! It was like magic! Braces are painful but the most magical thing you will ever experience. I can't wait till I see my results :3

31 Having them leave train tracks on everything that you eat.
32 Your teeth look small and yellow

Ok... you are getting braces for the first time and your orthodontist offers you a color. Which color will you pick? Remember, you’ll have to stick with it for a month. If you choose blue, that will make your teeth look yellow. The same goes for pink, orange, yellow, white, red, green, etc. Technically it doesn’t happen with purple, but no one wants a purple mouth. If you alternate colors, it will just draw attention to your mouth, making you less attractive. Don’t even try using clear elastics, they instantly get stained by food. You’ll end up with a nasty color that looks disgusting. The best color is gray, although it just looked like you have millions of wires and metal rods stuck in your mouth. I’ve been using gray for the past 13 months. They draw the least attention. The braces take up most of the surface area of your teeth making them look diminute. Basically, they suck.

33 Temptation

Ortho says no gum, one hour later starts chewing

34 Wearing a retainer

When I first wore them they hurt like crazy for the first few days. I was like 12. I'm now almost 26 and I still use them and they now no longer hurt. I actually enjoy wearing them now.

I honestly don't mind my retainer when thinking back to wearing braces. I'd much prefer a retainer, which can come out, then having braces stuck to my teeth at all times.

Don't hurt but they're very annoying

35 Gum infections

Every time I eat in get a gum infection

36 The orthodontist

Orthodontists enjoy making you go through this.

37 Cavities
38 Brushing your gums
39 Your teeth being molded before you get your braces on

Oh my gosh, I have had braces for about a year now, and it SUCKS. I honestly think that somebody somewhere could find a solution to out of place teeth that doesn't involve so much pain/wires literally poking through my mouth!

I have a very sensitive gag reflex and I was so uncomfortable while they molded my teeth.

40 Having your bands snap when you open your mouth
41 Having to get wires afterward
42 Pointless dot on each bracket

I have a fear of it falling off and feeling it with my tongue!

43 Rubber bands

They add to the pain and death you're already going through.

44 The stupid pulling on your teeth when you first get them

Yeah I can’t even bite down without to actually moving my teeth forward I have had them for 15 hours

45 If you get in hit in the mouth.

When you get hit in the mouth by anything and I mean anything like a ball or walking into a wall your lip starts bleeding because the braces cut your lip at school I fell of a stool and hit the back of my head and somehow my upper and lower lip just started bleeding A LOT!

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