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

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

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.

The dentist said mild discomfort. No, that is nowhere near mild discomfort! It is full blown hell, and I woke up at 3 in the morning from the pain.

In the first day it hurts - venomouskillingmachine

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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 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

When I had them, me being the rebellious me, are whatever I wanted to. I was rebellious even when I was younger. - Therandom

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5 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

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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

7 Biting your cheek/lip

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 placeā€¦ 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

The Newcomers

? 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!

The Contenders

11 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

12 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

13 Being offered food you can't eat

Yes happens all the time

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

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.

15 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

16 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

17 You can't eat

Well this sucks

18 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

19 Having them leave train tracks on everything that you eat.
20 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

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1. Eating at other people's houses
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