I've been having orthodontic treatment since 2012, and I'm so glad to say that it will all be over in 27 days. Hopefully. Anyway, I've had a removable appliance, and I currently just have your typical 'train tracks.'
Okay, so the reason for this entire process was my overbite and it wasn't pretty. The removable appliance had four plastic blocks - two for my top teeth, and two for my bottom teeth - that locked in place. Basically the way the brace fit together, meant that over time my jaw was being realigned.
It wasn't too painful, it was more of a dull ache, which luckily only lasted a couple of days after I got them. Not only did they sort out my dodgy overbite, they also gave me cheekbones. Obviously, my jaw wasn't correctly aligned, and so my face wasn't very well defined hence the moonface.
Anyway, after quite a few months wearing the brace religiously - even whilst I ate - I was told I didn't have to wear it in the day. Hooray! Because the only downside to it was it gave me a massive lisp, but with a mouthful of plastic and wiring, is that not to be expected?
Okay, so onto the 'train tracks'. Firstly, one thing my orthodontist said to me was basically that the wonkier and crooked your teeth are, the more it's going to hurt. So because my teeth weren't wonky in the slightest, I think I've gotten away quite lightly.
The actual process of having the brackets attached to your teeth doesn't hurt in the slightest. They're simply glued on, and then bonded to the teeth using a light, meaning you get to wear some 'trendy' medical sunglasses. The wire is then threaded through the brackets, and elastics are used to keep it in place. (The elastics are the coloured bits - I always go for pink and blue, or two shades of blue.)
So for me, train tracks weren't/aren't too painful at all and I don't/haven't had a lisp at all. For me, one thing I was worried about was brushing them. We've all seen those photos of people who didn't brush their teeth while they had braces, and seen the rotten little squares on each tooth. But in all honesty, it's not at all difficult to keep up good dental hygiene - so don't worry about that.
This is already quite a long post, so I think I'll leave it here for today. If you have any questions, leave them below and I'll try to answer them as best as I can in my next post.