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Bracing Myself

March 8, 2020



I am getting Invisalign braces. To say I am not looking forward to it is an understatement of mammoth proportions. For the next year to year-and-a half I will wear plastic covers over my teeth requiring me to A, not eat while they are in place and B, brush and floss my teeth after eating anything while they are out. Also, they will likely be uncomfortable and I must wear them while I sleep. Lastly, they cost a small fortune. (Modesty prevents me from saying how much, but my husband and I could go on a six-week grand European tour instead.)

So I was dismayed when I confessed my apprehension earlier today to my son, who is 31 and unfamiliar with how to deal with the aged, having never had grandparents. He said, “Why are you getting braces? Aren’t you like 70 or something? And you’re already married, so why does it matter how you look?”

My answers are as follows:
1. My teeth are moving crazily, making flossing in certain areas nearly impossible.
2. I could live another 20 years, and the situation will only worsen over time.
3. My current husband could die and then it would matter how I look if I wanted to snag another one.
4. Regardless of how I am seen by the rest of the world, it’s me in the mirror each morning.


—Andrea Rouda

Andrea Rouda blogs at The Daily Droid.

3 thoughts on “Bracing Myself

  1. Nancy G says:

    I’ve thought about this for my lower teeth – which has one tooth in the middle behind all the others. Let us all know how this works out.

  2. Ginny Hamill says:

    I did it in my ‘30s, before Invisalign, had a lot of soup and retreated to the ladies’ after every business meal to check what was still there.
    You WILL get through this..

  3. Carol says:

    Ahhh kids I am grateful my kids and grandkids have experience with us “old folks” although I fear if the trend continues of postponing having children into the late 30’s and 40’s, having coherent active grandparents will be gone for most. I never had grandparents that I remember and it makes me sad. I like to imagine my grandkids having lots of fun memories with us (and a great grandmother) too. ❤️

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