After a good few years of deliberation (mostly based on the fact that braces are expensive, and there's nothing majorly wrong with my teeth anyway), I decided to get braces.
Why? I have a gap between my two front teeth. It's not something that I've ever felt hugely self-conscious about (a fair few people have told me it's really cute, actually), but I thought I might regret not doing something about it in the future.
Verdict? IT HURTS. It really hurts. For the people who have never had braces, here's what it feels like... Try and imagine a long line of metal glued to every individual tooth, slowly and painfully aligning them into place. THAT'S what it feels like.
Thankfully, this agonising treatment is only going to last 6 months. I could probably moan about braces for a few more paragraphs - the usual stuff about how disgusting it is to eat with them in (it's quite, quite vile), speech impediments (although fortunately, my speech is entirely UNimpeded, and I can still sing like an angel, which is a relief!), or how I look really disgusting and metal-infused. Well, I'll admit that braces are not the most attractive thing ever to happen to my face, but I'm pretty ready for anyone who wants to take the mick, as my brother will testify to. He made the mistake of calling me "brace face" when I returned from the orthodontist (come on Nathan, could have been more original there) and I threatened to kick him in the balls. Needless to say, he won't be teasing me any more.
That's really all I have to say on the subject. I plan on living the next 6 months just the same as I would do without braces (although I'll probably be going through more Paracetamol than usual).
Comment if you've ever had braces - I could do with some advice and moral support in the comment section, below! And if not... you're a lucky sod.