In Which I learn To Keep My Mouth Shut


I talk a lot. Do you?

I talk to other people, the dog, myself, God . . . the list goes on and on. I even talk to the ants in the kitchen before I smash them. I never gave my incessant speech much thought until about a week ago.

Let me go back a bit further.

When I was in 6th grade, I got braces. After four years (yes, my teeth were pretty jacked up), the braces came off. I was given a retainer to wear while I slept for a year. After about two weeks, I decided I didn’t need the retainer. I mean, after all, who did these orthodontists think they were???

Fast forward twenty years.

For the past few years, I have been increasingly aware of my teeth moving, especially my two front teeth. My self-consciousness got the better of me and just over a week ago I got Invisalign. Yes, I got braces for the second time. Maybe the orthodontist knew what he was talking about after all?

For some reason, I thought this would be a quick and painless time of “correction”. I was wrong.

My teeth hurt. My jaw hurts. My head hurts for crying out loud! And did I mention that I have to wear my trays for 21 hours a day? That’s right, the only time they come out is when I eat.

On the upside, I’ve had to start brushing and flossing after every. single. time. I. eat. So I’m bound to have a healthier mouth, right???

The other positive coming out of my self-induced mouth pain (other than straight teeth obviously) is that I’ve realized that I can indeed keep my mouth shut for long periods of time. I’m talking hours here!


I didn’t realize how much needless noise was coming out of my mouth. Since I first put these trays in my mouth, I’ve drastically cut down on the talking. The kids have noticed too. At first, they kept asking me what’s wrong. Why wasn’t I talking? But after a while, they got used to it. My husband seems to enjoy the quieter me as well. 🙂

Maybe I’ll be able to take this and make a habit. Less needless talk, you know?

We’ll see.

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