Last week I did something that many of you will not understand. I paid a dentist to put braces on my teeth. I must admit, it took a lot of soul searching and mouth pain to go there again. These days, you don't end up with a mouth full of chrome, but you do still have a mouth full of hardware.
One day into wearing them, I wanted to go back and say, "Take them off!" Of course, I didn't. I've already paid for the six months of treatment, so that would be pretty stupid. Plus, I haven't forgotten why I decided to do this at my age either.
Funny, when we're kids, we have little choice. We get braces because our parents say so. I was excited when I got them at age 11. My best friend had them, and I felt like I was joining a special club. Over the two years I wore those braces, many of my classmates joined that club. At an age where being different frightened us, braces were NOT different.
At my age, wearing braces ARE different.
I keep telling myself, it's only for six months. Once they're off, I'll get a permanent retainer behind my teeth, and I won't find myself in this boat again. I just wish that the orthodontist of my youth had had told me to continue to wear my retainer at night. But who am I kidding? Wearing a retainer, even if it is just at night, is not attractive. I probably would have ignored the advice.
So, once again, I'm barracuda or barbwire, whichever nickname floats your boat. I heard both of them alot as a kid.
How about you? What have you done in your adult years, that you can't believe you agreed to, much less paid for?