Like many adults with braces, Pam Waterman had her first experiences with orthodontic treatment as a teenager. For six years during the 1970s she sported traditional metal bracket and wire braces, and was more than happy to have them removed when her teeth were aligned. When it came to wearing a retainer, however, Waterman, decided not to, having had enough of wearing orthodontic appliances. 

As one would expect, Waterman's teeth eventually shifted back into crooked positions. This, situation, however, is not what inspired her to head back to the orthodontist. As a mother of three children in braces, Waterman became frustrated with the lack recipes for kids with braces. She and her daughter Brenda began to develop snacks that everyone in the family could eat. 

Waterman is an engineer and a professional writer, and began to put her skills and knowledge into creating two cookbooks and an informational website. As the popularity of her company, Metal Mouth Media, increased, Waterman began to appear on television. One day, she realized that she couldn't have misaligned teeth and try to sell cookbooks to individuals with braces. It was time to make a visit to the orthodontist. 

"It was so worth it to have the confidence of a great smile that I had lost along the way," Waterman told the American Association of Orthodontists' (AAO) My Life My Smile website. "You should wear your retainer forever. It's a no brainer!"

Braces are not just for kids and teenagers. If you're ready to improve your smile, you don't have to wait any longer. Contact an orthodontist in New York City today to schedule a free consultation. 

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