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

My orthodontist said it wouldn't hurt at all, just a little pressure... Yeah, 'cause a little pressure TOTALLY means that I can't eat anything for an entire day.

I'm a wuss when it comes to pain, with parents who don't "believe" in medication (water and sleep is all I need to cure anything here...). Oh gosh braces suck. - keycha1n

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

It hurt my mouth a lot

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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

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 Flossing

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

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

I feel your pain.

Sharon Spitz

5 Food restrictions

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

I can’t eat sweets for about 4 years I’m gonna die

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6 Brushing

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

You have to brush twice as longer. - EpicJake

Brushing takes longer

The usual amount of time you brush is doubled because you have to get above, below, in between, and not to mention it’s kind of uncomfortable - PackFan2005

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 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

9 Travelling

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

10 Poking wire

This is so annoying

Wax is the solution for this one - Stazemar000

Wax is the way to go...

The Newcomers

? Rubber bands

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

The Contenders

11 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

12 Getting beat up at school

Those bullies can kiss my ass

Yeah most definitely

I don't get it - venomouskillingmachine

Ikr I hate that my piazan

13 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

14 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

15 Looking like a nerd

Especially if you wear glasses, too.

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.

You can’t look like a nerd?

16 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.

17 You can't eat

Well this sucks


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 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

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

it hurts

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

21 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!

22 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.

23 Wax

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

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

24 Swallowing elastic

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

25 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

26 Having them leave train tracks on everything that you eat.
27 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.

28 Temptation

Ortho says no gum, one hour later starts chewing

29 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.

30 Tightening them

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

I feel your pain everyone

Sharon Spitz

31 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

32 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

33 Can't bite into anything

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

34 Gum infections

Every time I eat in get a gum infection

35 Having to get wires afterward
36 Pointless dot on each bracket

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

37 The Orthodontist

Orthodontists enjoy making you go through this.

38 Cavities
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