Week one of the Braces
Dear reader, contrary to my current general ambition I have cluttered my mouth (no pics). Yes, my mouth is full of metal clutter in the form of braces. I now can't chew which may help on the dieting front. Someone told me they lost 10kg in the first month of having braces.
What have I eaten on the 'braces' diet ? Mashed potatoes, mashed banana, more mashed potato, soup, scrambled egg mashed with tuna, Quorn lasagna, more mashed potato, avacado, more soup. I've introduced chocolate to the microwave for the purpose of melting. I'm displaying horrendous manners by dunking biscuits, and worse, meringues. I'm sore.
I've found the braces introduction quite an eye opener. I wasn't warned about the initial discomfort nor the need to eat slush. Lisping is a bit embarrassing and I'm explaining it with every phone call I am on. I'm cleaning my teeth in the restroom at work to remove the inevitable porridge stuck in the braces. As if that wasn't enough I find that I am being treated as a dental consultant. Suddenly people (men) are opening their mouths before me for comment, cooing or inspection. This is quite disconcerting when it's your colleagues, Joe over the other side of the aisle who I've never spoken to before now has a sudden need to show me his molars, George in accounting smiles broadly to show me he wants braces, Duncan in HR wants me to see his unaligned front teeth and Freddie in reporting opens wide to show me his teeth are twisted. The common 'denta'nominator is they are all male. Women, have no such need to show me their dental failings. They do however have advice. Even conference calls with our banks in the US has a 10 minute pre-business discussion on benefits of and advise on how to manage metal braces, along with soothing noises of it will get better in a couple of weeks.
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