Suddenly, awkward

I finally did it. At 32, I got braces. Not the kind that’s invisible. The kind with metal wires and clear brackets. So yes, they’re visible. And best of all I’m starting a new job on Monday. I think I had fooled myself into thinking that they’re not going to be that obvious. I guess they won’t be obvious if a person is standing at least 10 feet away from me. I survived the twenties. Finally, I feel like I’m at a good place, and now I’m feeling awkward again. I just have to remind myself that it’s only six months.

What’s going to happen to my social life? More importantly, making out. I’ve never had braces. How is this going to impact kissing. Seriously. Granted, I’ve had dry spells that lasted longer than six months, but they’re usually self imposed dry spells. And even during the dry spells, there are plenty of kissing opportunities.

And food. How am I going to enjoy food. I couldn’t even eat a pita with feta today. I did, but it was painful. What about meat.  I love meat. I think I’m craving Brazilian BBQ already. All I did was eat soft foods and drink. 

This morning, after I got the braces, I went straight to the gym. Claudio, the hot Chilean guy at the coffee counter said hi. I just waved and kept walking.  We normally greet each other with a kiss. (I don’t kiss every guy behind the counter, just him.) I told him I just got braces. And he said, “I don’t care.” And he reached for a kiss. That was a sweet moment. I love my gym. 


  1. It’s OK, I’ve devised a pita, feta & Brazilian BBQ shake. It’s delicious. Maybe it’s more of a smoothie…
    Either way, I’ve got you covered.

  2. Hey you ~~ beautiful braced babe!
    I know how you are feeling… It will all be worth it.
    I hear some guys find braces kinda erotic.. Definately adds excitement to making out. With your skills (I am only imagining since I have not had the pleasure/honor), you have nothing to worry about! OXOX

  3. I just got braces on last week – at the age of 24 – and totally share your sentiment. Mine are also going to be on for 6-7 months. And, I also live in LA (just west of Hollywood) so can empathize with how difficult it is to have those metal things in your mouth while living in the most superficial city in the world…

    Good luck! I know I’ll need it.

  4. Just another person dropping by with some support. I am 26 and just got my METAL braces put on. They are supposed to work quicker than the ceramics. Be happy that you don’t have to wear them for more than a year. P.S. I’m also going back to college right now, also a lot of fun.

  5. Thank you all for the moral support. 1 month down, 5 more to go. It hasn’t been too bad, but then again, haven’t been to too many social occasions. We’ll see how things go Halloween weekend. I can’t wait to take the braces off. I’m going to plan an all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ night the minute the braces come off.

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