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Story: Asian Braces 2 - Back in London!
« on: 30. March 2021, 23:24:47 PM »
This story is "series 2" of the "Asian Braces" story, which I published over in the Club /Braces Stories & Braces Special (English) forum. As many of you won't have seen that story, here's a quick recap of what happened.


Danny Jones, 25, is a technical support & installation engineer at an engineering company, but also gives training on the company's equipment. He was recently sent to Asia, where he visited a company, and gave a week of training following by a week of helping the customer configure their equipment. A third week was spent travelling.


While he was there, he ordered several lots of fake braces, from a couple of braces shops. He wasn't actually planning on buying anywhere near as much as he did, but the prices were so low, he felt it was stupid not to use the chance to 'stock up'.... as it was very unlikely he'd ever get the chance again. Here's my story notes:

Braces shop 1:

- standard brackets; "Lovely shiny clear plastic! Clasps over the molars, with headgear tubes on them. A wire from the clasp all the way around, with brackets on every tooth. Small supporting wires, just behind the canines"

- twin blocks

- HG: an Interlandi, a neck strap, two high-pulls (one in bright yellow), and a couple of facebows. Plus a variety of spare ligatures, power-chain and elastics

Braces shop 2:

- wrap around blue retainers

- minimal plate for facemask
"The plate was actually quite small, in that it went between my main molars, but there was no plastic in the center beyond my small molars. The plastic went at the side almost as far as my canines. There were adam's clasps with the longer side-wires (for the elastics to hook on to) soldered to them on my molars, and there were small c-clasps coming around from the back of my small molars. Mei had extended the wires both from the c-clasps and the adam's clasps across (and thus inside) the plastic plate, to add strength"

- blue wide face mask, red single rod face mask

- brackets / herbst / tongue crib
"the metal started at the canines (where the herbst attached) and clipped onto the next two teeth, my pre-molars, as well. At the front, as well as some plastic on the inside of my front teeth, there was a very obvious metal expander module, with wires going across to my lower canines. There was plastic all around the inside of my teeth, with adam's clasps over my rear molars. And of course, all the way from the clasps, through the herbst attachments and around my front teeth were large metal brackets. And where the lower part of the herbst attached to my canines, it did not look at all fake, it looked exactly like pictures I'd seen of real herbst appliances.
the upper appliance to look at. If you removed the plastic from the appliance, then it would look just like a real appliance: metal around the two premolars and first molar, where the herbst attachment point was. Between those bits of metal she had soldered a metal expander, and to the front of the expander was a rather large and obvious tongue crib soldered in place. Again, there was an archwire with brackets"

"The clever thing about these appliances, compared to my other fake brackets, was that there was no need for the tiny supporting wires behind my canines, as the rather more substantial metal around the teeth did a far better job. Like on the lower appliance, there were adam's clasps on the rear molars, and plastic all around, but mainly to the front of the appliance, I was guessing to hold it in place in my mouth."

"some of the brackets had hooks on, for elastics."

- lip bumpers

- spare simple brackets (going away gift)


Mei will pop up in this series, so let me explain about her: when Danny went to the second braces shop, the 'receptionist / manager' didn't speak great English, so Mei, a lady in her late 20's, spoke with Danny. She is actually one of the Dental Technicians, trained in the US (so excellent English - very convenient!) and was able to chat with Danny and ended up making him some nice braces. She also likes braces (which is why she became a dental tech), and ended up wearing some fakes when she was with Danny. She & Danny had an affair for a week or two, while he was over in Asia, in fact she joined him for part of the third week while he was travelling around.

Here is Danny's comments from when he first met her:

"How would I describe Mei? In her late 20s. An inch shorter than Suki, but with a much bigger 'frame'. You know how people have different sized bodies... Suki is really slim, I'm kinda in the middle, but Mei was larger than me. Good sized hips, wide shoulders. But not noticeably overweight. A cute round face, with a nice nose, and a haircut I've seen on many asian girls: basically a bob, with straight hair at the sides, and a fringe. I mean, all she needed was a pair of those round glasses, and she would be so stereotypically asian!

Her smile had revealed a nice set of straight teeth, but sadly for me, no hint of braces."



Needless to say, he had many opportunities whilst over in Asia to wear his various braces, plus single and double facebows with various headgears, and a couple of different facemasks!


So after 3 weeks working and having fun over in Asia, Danny has returned back to London. He had a couple of extra days off to get over the jet-lag, and is now back at work. We'll be following his braces-wearing adventures as he goes out with his braces, and also decides whether to take the big step of wearing his fake braces, pretending he's having real treatment.


(It might be a week or so before I start posting this story, please be patient)

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Re: Story: Asian Braces 2 - Back in London!
« Reply #1 on: 31. March 2021, 05:17:00 AM »
Sounds like a great story. Looking forward to reading more.

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Re: Story: Asian Braces 2 - Back in London!
« Reply #2 on: 31. March 2021, 23:57:01 PM »
Yes, definitely waiting. I enjoyed this one.

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Re: Story: Asian Braces 2 - Back in London!
« Reply #3 on: 03. April 2021, 18:31:45 PM »
Welcome to Series 2 of "Asian Braces"!

I'm still actively writing this story, so don't expect daily posts..... My other story "Jenny loves singing", over in the "Club" area gets its last episode posted tomorrow, so thought I would start posting this story today. The original story (of Danny's trip to Asia) can be found over in the "Club" area, as well as at "The Braces Archive" - ask @braceface2015 if you want details of how to access The Archive.

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Chapter 1

Whilst it had been fun working, and then being a tourist, in Asia, it was really nice to be back home again. Although I will confess that I do miss Mei a little - she was really good company. What I forgot to tell you all in the previous chapter is that Mei gave me a going-away present: I had told her of my plan to wear my brackets 'as if for real', and she said that I could come unstuck if they broke, so she had made me a set of almost identical fake braces, and gave them to me on our last day together.

I wore my fake braces (the metal brackets) on the flight back home - noone seemed to notice or care about them. I did consider wearing the headgear too, but wasn't quite brave enough to do that! Having worn them (and by that I mean various of my many braces) so much whilst in Asia, my speech is now pretty good when wearing any of them, thus making it difficult for anyone to guess that they aren't actually real.

One of the best bits that I enjoy about wearing my fake braces is eating, and getting food stuck in them. Possible a bit weird, I know, but heck, so is wanting to wear the fake braces in the first place!

One of the strangest things about being back home is hearing people everywhere speak English, and with an English accent! I had become used to hearing other people talking in a language I couldn't understand, and when they spoke English to me, it was with a heavy Asian accent. Don't get me wrong, I actually like the Asian accent: it is to English what English is to German: so much softer, and almost like a song.

So, because of the long and overnight flight back to England, I've had a couple of extra days off work to recover (given to me by the company!). I finally went into work today (Wednesday) for the first time. I spent the first hour chatting to my colleagues about the trip - leaving out anything to do with braces, of course (otherwise it would have taken all morning, and would have been much more embarrassing!).

Midway through the morning, my boss called me into his office.

"Nice to see you back again - how did things go from your perspective?" he asked me

"Yeah, everyone seemed to understand things, and they were pretty good the second week when we actually set things up. Had anything back from them?"

"Yes, they were VERY pleased with the way things went, and in fact they got it all integrated and running at the end of last week, a bit sooner than expected. So thank you, Danny, that was a job well done... and as a mark of appreciation for doing a good job, plus losing a couple of weeks of your life, expect a small bonus in your next wages."

"Oh, thanks boss!"

"So, next question: would you like to do it all again?"

"Probably... got something planned? And where?"

"Yes, there is a possibility: an existing customer in Mexico is buying one of our new models, so needs an 'update course' and help with the installation. Won't be for two or three months yet though. And there might be a couple more later in the year. Interested?"

"Hell, yeah!". If I were to think of 'places that are good for braces', then top of the list would have to be Asia, then below that would be Mexico or Brazil.

Much of the rest of that day, and the rest of the week to be honest, was taken up with catching up with things at work. At home, needless to say, I took the opportunity to wear my braces in the evenings, and whilst sleeping. I enjoy wearing my twin-blocks at home, if only because I knew I'd never really be able to wear them out in public. The reason I like them is simply the amount of plastic on them.... not only do I have plastic inside my mouth, it goes over the occlusal surfaces of my molars, plus over the top of my upper & lower front teeth! I have tried eating with them in my mouth, but gave up pretty quickly! I have a dream, one that I suspect will never be fulfilled, of kissing a girl whilst wearing my twin-blocks... The silly thing is that I'd not actually be able to feel a thing (apart from on my lips, and the front of my gums) simply because of the amount of plastic!

I feel a bit guilty about the rather nicely made brackets / herbst / tongue crib appliance that Mei made me: I'm not sure why, but I just don't seem to find it quite as exciting to wear as I thought it would be.

My facemask, with it's simple plate, was interesting to wear, but to be honest, what I really wanted to do was to go somewhere I wasn't known, and wear it out in public. Over in Asia, I could wear it out quite easily, as nooone knew me (and it had been really fun to wear it that day in the park with Mei)... in England there's always the risk of bumping into someone you know, especially if you stay in the local area. Of course, if I decided to wear my brackets as if for real, that would give me the option to wear my headgear out in public if I wanted to.

I had worn my simple fake brackets a lot when in Asia, both with and without the headgear, and my mouth felt really comfortable with them in place, so, I had a big decision to take: was I going to be come a 'brace face'? By that, I mean that I was wondering whether to wear my fake brackets full time. After a lot of thinking about the pro's (it WILL be fun!; I can talk well with the braces in) and the con's (I could be found out, which would be embarrassing; it would restrict what I could eat), I decided that I WOULD!

So the next thing to work out was the how, the timescales. I decided that I would not actually tell anyone, work or friends, that I would be getting braces, I would decide that, on a certain day, I would have 'been to the ortho to get them fitted', and then simply turn up wearing them.

From a practical perspective, I could easily have had several evening consults with orthos before I went to Asia, then arranged an evening or weekend install for when I returned. I was very tempted to 'have my braces installed' this Saturday, but bottled out, so decided I'd do it the next week.

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« Reply #4 on: 05. April 2021, 19:24:11 PM »
Chapter 2

I had a bit of fun on Saturday: I put in the expander / brackets / herbst / tongue crib appliance, and caught a bus then a tube to the big shopping centre: the likelihood of meeting someone I knew there was, hopefully, close to zero. I had considered wearing my brackets and headgear, but decided that would be asking for trouble! The first thing for me to work out was the logistics of putting the braces in? I could put them in at home, and keep my mouth shut for a while. I could put them in after getting off the bus, but before getting on eth tube: all I would have needed for that was a quiet corner to put them in. Or I could have waited till I got to the shopping centre, and pop in the loos there.

In the end I decided to take the risk of putting them it at home: that was the simplest, and to be honest, the most exciting! The bus stop was close to where I live, and luckily there was noone else at the bus stop! I sat upstairs at the front: not only does that give you some great views, it's less likely anyone will come close to me, and thus possibly see my braces.

The tube station is a mile or so from home, so I felt a bit less worried about being seen: so much so that, while I was on the platform waiting for the train to arrive, I saw a girl, in her teens I would guess. She was looking at her phone, with a bit of a smile on her face, and I could see that she had braces. Without thinking, I smiled back at her.... just as she happened to look up, allowing her to see my braces. Wow, talk about suddenly being nervous! I closed my mouth as naturally as I could, and looked away: rule 1 of travelling on public transport in London: avoid contact if possible. Rule 2: avoid eye contact. Rule three: you are not allowed to talk to a stranger. Travelling on the tube can get a bit lonely at times!

The tube arrived a few minutes later, and I got on: it was busy, but not over busy, and I managed to get a seat. I looked around, just to be sure there was noone on the train that I recognised... finally I was able to let my mouth relax a bit, let my lips part a little, and hold my head up, all in the hope that someone might glance at me, and see the illicit metal on my mouth.

Once at the large shopping centre, I felt a lot more relaxed. I was one of thousands of anonymous people there. It was quite a way from where I lived, so the likelihood of meeting someone I knew was very low. I felt happy, so opened my mouth a little more as I walked around.

Of course, my main problem was that whilst I had worn these braces several times, I'd not really practised speaking that much with them in, so if anyone asked (and I was actually able to give an understandable reply!) I would simply have to say that I had only got them fitted that week.

It's very hard to artificially smile naturally! Obviously, I wanted people to actually SEE my braces, but whilst you can easily do a small smile (which shows very little), I somehow needed to make my smile bigger. I gave up after a few attempts, that I felt probably looked more like snarls than smiles. Instead, I just enjoyed my mainly-window-shopping, and smiling at things I liked or thought amusing. Like those amazing Lego models in the window of the Lego shop!

I went into Pr*m*rk, and had a look around, and found a few items of cheap clothing, and walked over to the checkouts, where, being a Saturday, there was quite a queue... one that zigs & zags a couple of times (just like all those queues I'd been in at the various airports, but not quite so big!). I kinda hoped for something nice to happen while I was queueing, but it didn't.

Finally, I got to the cashier, where I put my items on the desk, for the girl to scan. She was a teenager, so I'm guessing worked just at the weekends. I think she must have spotted my metalwork, because she smiled, showing some nice braces on her teeth, allowing me to smile back... after all, we were both in that 'braces club', weren't we?

"Would you like a bag?" she asked me. Damn, I was going to have to speak, something which was actually quite scary!

"Yeshth pweathshe!" I replied. Goddamn it, that tongue cwib maketh it tho hard to thpeak! Just speaking those two words sent shivers of panic and enjoyment through me! Of course, my lisping made it clear to the cashier girl that I had something more in my mouth than just simple brackets - which is what I guess she had. So I smiled, with my mouth open, hoping that she might look inside my mouth, and at least catch a glimpse of my tongue crib.

"Are you paying by cash?" she asked me. Damn her, why didn't she just ask if I was using a card, I could have managed a simple 'yes' to that.

"Cang I pay by carg pweathshe?" I replied. Another shiver of excitement went through me. She finished putting my clothes into one of the brown paper carrier bags, then pressed a couple of buttons on the till.

"Ok, can you insert your card and type in your PIN please". I already had my card in my hand, so inserted it, and entered my PIN. Phew, it was accepted. I waited till it said 'please remove your card', and removed my card. She handed me the brown paper carrier bag.

"Thsank you" I said as I took it from her. She gave me a lovely smile as I walked away... I wondered what was actually going through her mind.

That had been both a scary and exhilarating experience, but compared to my next 'conversation', quite tame.

It was getting close to lunchtime, and I fancied a snack. I know I should have gone into one of the places where you just pick up the food you want, then just ask for your drink. But no, I stupidly went into a nicer café, where someone came to the table to take your order. I sat down, and took a look at the menu. I had to think carefully about what I might be able to eat - stupidly, I'd not actually tried eating with these braces. Yes, I had tried drinking some water, and that was difficult enough. I needed something that didn't need much biting or chewing. So bacon sandwiches (and most other sandwiches!) would be out. So would cheese on toast, a favourite of mine. For goodness sake, how DO people with double expanders and a tongue crib actually manage to eat enough food?

I spotted that they did scones... now they crumbled, and I could easily take small bites of those.

"Good afternoon, sir, have you chosen what you'd like yet?"

"Cang I have a bwack amewicango coffee... ang a shshcone, pweathshe". Ok, having a small lisp is fun, but this was awkward. Ok, so it actually was fun too, but in a far more embarrassing way. The waitress looked at me strangely, I wasn't sure if she was thinking 'poor guy' or 'what an assh*le!'.

"Anything else, or is that it?" she asked

"Zhatsh awll, thsankthsh!" I manged to reply. The problem speaking was caused by a combination of the metal in my mouth: the lower and upper expanders, and mainly that tongue crib. Mei had warned me how hard it was, at least at first, to speak with a tongue crib. And it didn't help that she had made it a 'not so nice' tongue crib, thus making it so much harder to speak!

The coffee and the scone arrived a few minutes later. I took a sip of the coffee... it was far too hot, of course, but I still had a small amount of liquid in my mouth that I needed to swallow. I leant my had back a little, so the liquid naturally went towards my throat, then somehow managed to swallow it. Not easy, but it worked.

So, what about the scone? I put a very small amount of butter and jam on it (sadly, no cream....), then bit off a small amount. Yes, it crumbled nicely in my mouth, then I started producing saliva, which started to turn the crumbly scone into a sort of paste, which of course went everywhere it shouldn't in my mouth. Having the herbsts didn't help, as the rods just made more space in my cheeks for the gooey mess to hide.

There wasn't a lot I could do about it (ok, so yes, I COULD have removed the braces, but that would have been SOOOO embarrassing and awkward!), so I took small bites of the scone, then tried to use a bit of coffee to help swish things around in my mouth. It helped - a little!

By the time I had finally finished the scone (which took at least five times longer than it normally would), I had bits of scone stuck on my braces and my expanders. I paid my bill, then went to the toilets, which were the 'open' sort.... so a single cubicle, two urinals, and a pair of sinks, which rather ruled out the possibility of having some guaranteed privacy. So, not being able to remove the braces, I had to do the best I could with the toothbrush I had remembered to bring with me. I was actually right in the middle of brushing when a couple of teenagers came in, and clearly saw my braces. They went to the urinals and I could clearly hear one of them say something like 'he's a bit old for braces...'. Oh, the joys of 'having braces' in your mid 20's!

Nothing much else happened whilst at the shopping centre, so I made my way back onto the tube, then had to wait about 15 minutes for the bus to arrive. Like before, I sat upstairs at the front. The journey was again quite boring, and as we left the previous stop, I got up, and turned around to walk back the few feet to the stairs, when I saw someone I recognised, from work, sitting a few rows further back. They had also seen me. Normally I would have probably smiled at them, and waved, but today, I kept my mouth firmly closed, and just waved!

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« Reply #5 on: 07. April 2021, 15:23:26 PM »
Chapter 3

During the next week, both at work, and when out with friends, I so wanted to say to someone "Hey, I'm going to getting braces later this week", but didn't dare. To be honest, and ignoring my love of braces, it's the sort of thing I'd probably keep quiet about anyway. Ok, lets think of some other things I could need: glasses... would I tell anyone about getting those? Probably not. Hearing aids? Definitely not! So yeah, I think I'd not say anything about needing braces. I would probably be embarassed at the thought that, in my mid 20's, I needed to actually wear braces.

I still hadn't decided WHEN I would actually be 'getting my braces'. Monday became Tuesday, which became Wednesday. Wednesday morning I decided: I'm getting my braces tonight, straight after work! I had my initial consultation the week before I flew off to Asia, so clearly had to wait till I got back. They were busy last week (I wanted an after-work appointment), so I had to wait till this week.

Yes, a very plausible story.

As for the WHY I 'needed braces', it wasn't a cosmetic thing.... I think maybe my dentist spotted something... abnormal wear on some of my teeth maybe? Maybe I reported occasional pains on my jaw joint? So I went to see an orthodontist, who worked out I had some sort of issue with the positionaing of my molars, maybe some sort of 'muscular-skeletal' issue, that was giving me a slightly abnormal 'bite'? The thing in my advantage is that most people simply don't understand braces, or just can't be bothered. Ignoring kids for the moment: an adult has crooked teeth / tooth pain / whatever. They go to the orthodontist to get it fixed, they aren't really that interested in the details of their issue, they just want it fixed. Let me put it in car terms: someone takes their expensive car to the garage, the brakes seem to be pulling to the left a bit under heavy braking. They aren't THAT interested in the details of whats wrong, they just want their car fixed, so it no longer pulls to the left!

So where was I? Oh yeah, most people, even those with / who have had braces don't understand the technicalities, so I can say almost anything that's vaguely credible if I'm asked. What about kids with braces? Whilst they may be a little more interested in things, they probably couldn't understand the technical mumbo jumbo, even if they were told. They get braces because mum / dad / ortho says they need them. Many of their issues are obvious ('my teeth are crooked') but most probably won't listen as the ortho explains WHY they need that fixed expander for 9 months, they just hear 'you'll have this expander for 9 months' and freak out!

So, I'm feeling pretty confident that I can bluff my way out of any questions.

Right, so what's my actual treatment plan (hmmm, I'm half wondering if I could or should create a dummy treatment plan document, if for no other reason, it could be fun to research and do!)? Well, the simple answer is that I'll need upper & lower brackets. It will be for no less than 6 months, but more likely 9 months, and maybe as long as 12 months, all depending on how well the treatment goes. I must mark up a diary with my 'check-up visits' and remember to change my ligatures at the same time.

In addition, I will need to wear headgear at night, for at least.... um..... 14 hours? (Wow, for an adult, that *would* be hard to achieve!). Whilst I clearly wouldn't be forthcoming to others about my 'needing to wear headgear', I could still wear it out in public at the weekends if I wanted, to 'catch up my wear time'. In fact, the same could apply if I went out in the evening, if I wanted to (the reality, of course, is that I probably wouldn't actually wear the HG much at home!).

I left work bang on time on Wednesday: nobody asked why, but I would have just said 'I have an important appointment'. I put my fake brackets in as soon as I got home, and ate dinner with them in place. I cheated and removed them to brush them and my teeth, but put them back in straight away, and slept with them in.

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« Reply #6 on: 08. April 2021, 22:29:06 PM »
Good to see this one being continued.

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<Thursday, braces week 1: first night / first day at work in braces>

Chapter 4

I woke up in Thursday morning a little earlier than normal. My mouth tasted a little rough, probably because I'd had a biscuit and drink after brushing my teeth last night, and couldn't be bothered to brush them again. Besides, there was a weird pleasantness in waking with a slightly smelly mouth with braces.

It's strange how, because I wasn't wearing the braces during the day, when I put them in in the evening, they felt a bit 'alien', but after I had slept with them in, they felt very much more 'normal'. Actually, the same applied when I managed to wear them all day at the weekend, or on the plane back home.

So, as far as my braces story went, I theoretically got them last night, after work. I also got my headgear, and would have managed to wear it for maybe 3 hours before going to bed. My ortho would have told me to start gently, and increase your hours over the first week, so 3 hours wear on the first evening would be credible. In reality, I decided not to actually wear my headgear at all last night!

Oh, yeah, last night I also looked up the names and addresses of two orthos, near-ish, but not local, so if someone asks who my ortho is, I can tell them. If they have braces themselves, then I will need to ask the question first, just in case they are at one of them, as I'll need to be at the other!

I made a fresh coffee using my AeroPress machine, and had some Shreddies (cereals), which of course left mess in my mouth and braces. Yes, I could have removed my braces to eat my breakfast, but where would be the fun in that? I had to get used to wearing them, so that they felt 'normal' during the day. Then it was into the shower: after washing, I removed my braces, and brushed my teeth, and then the braces, which I finally slipped back into my mouth. After drying myself, I dressed, then pulled out one of the simple 'portable braces kits' I'd put together in Asia (consisting of a ziplock bag, a toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste, a few of those tiny 'interstices brushes', plus some wax) into my bag.

I was VERY nervous as I left home: today was the first day of 'being braced': I would be walking into my office with braces on my teeth. I don't think it was actually the fact that they were fakes that was making me nervous, simply the fact that my teeth would - apparently - have metal brackets on them. I had gone over the 'back story' many times: 'no, I know my front teeth look fine, it's a problem with my back teeth and my bite. I'll have them for about 6 to 9 months' - that time could easily be extended if I wanted it to, treatment could easily be 'a bit slower than expected'.

I walked to the bus stop, where there were already of couple of others waiting. I gave a slight (metal) smile as I got there, but I don't suppose anyone noticed.... and if they did, they probably didn't care. The bus arrived about 5 minutes later, and I ended up standing in the area opposite the middle door. Being morning, there were several school kids on the bus, with a couple of them sat next to where I was standing. A young lady looked up at me, and I spotted that, like me, she had brackets on her teeth (well, ALMOST like me!), and I smiled at her, and she smiled back: a tiny chill went down my back.

During the bus journey, I thought back to when I first wore these braces, a few weeks ago, how the brackets would catch a bit on my lips and my cheeks.... whilst I was now used to that, it would be something that I'd now need to slightly lie about.

Finally, a few minutes early, I got to work. I so wanted to shout out 'hey everyone, look, I got braces', but as a guy in my mid 20's, if I'd just got braces for real, I'd certainly not do that. The silly thing is that, despite wanting to shout about them, I was finding myself feeling quite awkward, sort of embarrassed about them. I was half thinking about sneaking somewhere quiet, and taking them out. I mean, what if someone found out that I was a fraud, that these were actually fake braces, and not real at all? That would be SOOOO embarrassing, wouldn't it?

At my desk, I took my bag off my shoulder, and sat down. I wasn't really quite sure what to do.... which I realised is probably how I'd feel if I'd just got REAL braces. I got up again, took a deep breath, and then walked to the kitchen, to get a coffee. As a newly braced person, having a coffee is definitely something I would still do. The kitchen was actually empty when I walked in, so I grabbed a cup from the cupboard, put in a spoon of instant coffee, then filled it just over 3/4 full with almost boiling water from the hot water drinks heater, then topped it up with a bit of cold water.

"G'morning Danny" said Simon, who had just walked through the door. I turned, and replied "Good morning, Simon...", and smiled a little, giving him the chance to hopefully see a little bit of metal in my mouth. I don't know if he did or didn't, as he said nothing (and to be honest, I wasn't expecting him to say anything either).

Back at my desk, I opened my laptop, and turned it on. While I waited for it to boot up, I took a sip of coffee. I was just logging into the email when James arrived, he sits at the desk opposite me.

"Hi James!" I said, trying to be as 'normal' as possible.

"Oh, hi there Danny! Hey, did you manage to fix that problem that you were working on yesterday afternoon?"

"No, not yet" I replied, "I thought I'd take another look at it shortly, with fresh eyes, maybe it will make more sense today!". Because I had worn my braces quite a lot in the last few weeks, I was able to talk quite clearly, without the initial slight lisp that the plastic plates had given me. I was trying hard to let my brackets catch on my lips a bit, and let that naturally affect my speech.

And the morning continued pretty much like that. No one made a comment about my 'new braces', and I started to wonder if anyone had actually noticed them!

At lunchtime, I went out and got a sandwich... I needed something really easy to eat, so I went for a simple ham and cheese on white bread. I took it back to the office, along with the drink I also bought, and went into our 'break room' (which is also our kitchen) to eat it. For convenience, I sat at one of the tables. In order to appear realistic, I was taking small bites of the sandwich. Of course, the remnants of it got stuck in my braces.

Several minutes later, of of the admin girls came and joined me. We started chatting while we ate our sandwiches, and then she commented "Hey, you got braces!". HOORAY! Someone not only noticed, but has said something!

"Yeah, I only got them yesterday..." I lied

"I don't really remember you having crooked teeth..."

"No, it's actually not an issue my front teeth, it's more to do with my rear ones, and they way they bite together". I was worried that someone would ask me to show them what I meant, but at least, with a mouth full of food, that wasn't going to happen!

"How they feeling so far? I remember when I had braces as a teen, the first week was hard"

"Not too bad, actually. The painkillers help, of course" I replied. The conversation quickly moved on, and that was my excitement for the day! Well, apart from having to brush my teeth after lunch.

Unfortunately, our toilets at work are the sort with shared facilities... so urinal(s), cubicle(s) and shared sink(s), which meant I had no privacy for brushing my teeth. I guess I could use the 'disabled' toilet, that's something I ought to look at. I can't imagine anyone would complain about my wanting a bit of privacy to brush my teeth and braces. However, today I used one of the normal toilets, and brushed my teeth and braces with the braces in my mouth. Ok, so not the first time I've done that, but whilst it's pretty ok at getting the food out of the actual brackets, some of it still gets under your plates. Which meant my braces were slightly smelly when I got home.

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I had a pretty quiet evening at home that night. Friday at work was again fairly boring, although Simon did briefly comment about the fact that I'd got braces.


On Friday evening, I had dinner at home, then met up with a small group of friends at the pub. Drinking is definitely ok to do with either real of fake braces. I'd normally have a packet of crisps at some point, but decided that, as a braces wearer, especially one who'd just got braces, my teeth would still feel rather delicate to eat crisps. I read online that crisps could possibly knock of a bracket - hmmm, not really convinced on that, to be honest. And for a fake brace wearer, I suspect I'd get the same issue that I had at lunchtime, of a small amount getting under my plates. So, I didn't have any crisps or nuts.

A couple of the girls in the group spotted that I'd got braces, so I gave them my rehearsed story, which they seemed to accept. One of them spent a couple of minutes relating her pains of having braces as a teenager - her issues were more to do with (a lack of) peer acceptance than the pain of having them.

Back at home, as far as my theoretical HG wear goes, I doubt I would have had much time to wear it much before going to bed, so I'd clearly need to start wearing it more at the weekend!