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14 Things People that Wore Braces Will Understand

14 Things People that Wore Braces Will Understand

Did you have braces? From never-ending pain to horrible tasting molds, having braces can be a pretty tough experience. The lucky people who have never had braces will never understand the difficulty we went through, but it was all worth it in the end for perfect, shiny teeth. Check out 14 things anyone who has worn braces will totally be able to relate to.

1. The Never-Ending Pain

The pain of wearing braces is unlike any other. From being jabbed in the cheek with stray wires to feeling the brackets rubbing against your tongue, you are a seasoned expert in the area of mouth pain.

2. The ‘Funny’ Jokes

Brace face? Metal mouth? Ugly Betty? We’ve heard all of the ‘funny’ nicknames a hundred times over – and they weren’t even original to start off with.

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3. Having To Be Careful with What You Eat

Eating anything much harder than a biscuit could damage the wires, so you mainly ate wet, mushy food. Uncut apples were a total no-go, and you regularly fantasied about enjoying a gobstopper or even a carrot. Occasionally you would crack and eat something hard – then you would fear the telling off you would get next time you visited the orthodontist.

4. Never Chewing Gum

Chewing gum and braces don’t mix. Or rather, they do, and your brace brackets are filled with long strings of chewing gum that take hours to individually pull out. It looks like your mouth is filled with both braces and silly string – not a good look.

5. Never Eating Spinach

If you had braces, you will remember avoiding spinach for years of your life. The pesky stuff always got tangled up in your braces, where it would stay for a good few hours before you looked in a mirror and realized it was there. Sigh. In a stage that already felt awkward, green stuff in your teeth just piled on the embarrassment.

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6. A Pocket Mirror Or Reflective Surface Is Essential

Due to the sheer amount of food that could become entangled in your braces, you always carried a pocket mirror or reflective surface around with you. You have literally spent hours of your life looking at your teeth, making sure they were food free.

7. Smiling In Photographs Is A No

Every time a photograph opportunity appeared, you had an internal debate about if you should smile with your mouth open or not. In fact, you normally spent so long thinking about it that the picture was taken without you even realizing.

8. Fearing Kissing Someone

You heard all of the urban legends when you first got braces, like story about a couple with braces who got stuck together for years after they tried to kiss. You feared kissing someone and ending up locked together for all eternity – then you finally plucked up the courage to kiss someone and nothing bad happened at all. Thanks, guys.

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9. The Endless Orthodontist Visits

One trip to put them on and one trip to take them off? Pfft, you wish. It felt like you were at the dentist’s every few weeks for new, innovative forms of mouth torture.

10. Nearly Drowning In Your Own Spit

There was a suction pipe for all of your spit while the dentist checked out your teeth, but either it wasn’t strong enough or you had a super-wet mouth. Either way you always ended up dribbling all over yourself.

11. Cleaning Your Retainer

On top of the never-ending pain and orthodontist appointments, you also had to clean your retainer every day. It was mildly gross even after just a day of wearing the thing.

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12. The Stress Of Getting Them Tightened

Getting your braces tightened was a real pain in the mouth. For the first few days afterwards, the pain was unbearable and you basically couldn’t eat anything. Sticking to liquids made you feel sorry for yourself all too often.

13. Getting Your Braces Taken Off And Being Shocked At The Size Of Your Teeth

It was so weird seeing your teeth for the first time in months, even years; where they always this big? And shiny? And slimy?

14. Loving Your New, Straight Teeth

In the end, all of the pain was worth it for your perfect new smile. Now you smile broadly in any pictures that get taken – but if you see someone with braces on, you feel a moment of silent solidarity.

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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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