Archive for February 22nd, 2013

The Benefits of Braces

In addition to learning that I’m possibly celiac (well, more than possible), I also put braces on my teeth this week. I have a crooked tooth since I was a kid, and now this really needs fixing. My parents were very poor, and could not afford braces for me, while later in life I was hit with more serious health problems, so my teeth took the backseat. Well, now that I’m healthy again overall, it’s time for that overdue fixing. But of course, I’m in pain, and I can’t eat properly. But thinking about it, it has its benefits too:

– It teaches you to cut the food in small portions. I used to gulp down huge pieces.
– It teaches you to chew slowly. I used to chew minimally, and have eating manners that would resemble wild animals.
– It teaches you to brush your teeth after eating. I’d only brush before going to bed.
– It teaches you to floss every night. I used to floss 2-3 times a week usually.
– It teaches you to not snack. Because if you do, you’d have to brush your teeth, again.

My new braces

My new braces, new glasses, and an old friend

So, that’s how I’m going to learn good manners: by having braces for the next 2 years of my life.