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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 November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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