Whether it’s for health reasons (like preserving your teeth) or aesthetic reasons (like wanting straighter teeth), you have braces. At first, you might encounter some discomfort, both physically and emotionally. As time goes on, you’ll get used to what they feel like, but you may have some personal feelings about how you appear wearing braces. Like, for instance, you may wonder how people might see you now that you have braces, if you’re still attractive, and whether or not you look or feel like yourself while wearing them.

Well, these feelings are completely normal. You and just about everyone else who’s worn braces are thinking the same thing. Negative feelings may arise. Hopefully, this article will help you understand that you’re not alone, and that there are things you can do to feel more confident in your skin while you have braces.

Add elements of your personality to your braces.

One of the best parts of having braces is that you can add colour to them through changing up the bands that hold the wire to the bracket. You can wear your favourite colour, support your local sports team, or display a complete rainbow. The choice is yours. There’s also the choice to opt for clear braces (in case elastics aren’t your thing!) if you feel like you’re not in the age category to have more visible braces.

Focus on the future.

Consider this: If you hadn’t chosen to get braces, you might still have crooked teeth, or a problem with an overbite or underbite. You’re doing something great for your appearance and health in the long-run by wearing braces, and that’s something you can be proud of!

Make the choice for your self improvement.

If you’re an adult looking to get braces, you might be a little hesitant at first. But it’s important to note that, as adults, we often do things in the interest of self betterment. Braces are a part of that equation – like getting your haircut or getting a pesky mole removed, it’s a choice that can better your life, either physically or psychologically.

You’re not the only one.

Sometimes, we can get self-conscious thinking that we’re the only person with the problems we have. Luckily, that’s not the case with braces. One of every four people who wears braces is over the age of 21.

Keep your braces clean.

Got something stuck in your teeth? That can be embarrassing and tug at your confidence. Keeping a couple things handy, like toothpicks, floss, or a toothbrush so you can clean your braces periodically throughout the day will make a world of difference to how you feel in your braces.

Remember who you truly are.

The most important element to consider when it comes to your confidence is that braces don’t define who you are – you do! So, smile big knowing that what’s truly evident is your beautiful personality on the inside.