“Kiss: love professed through lips.” Scarlett Bene
Braces made today much different than those worn even a few years ago; they are kissing-friendly. They come in a variety of fashionable colors and are even considered sexy by some young men. To anyone who can consider kissing a girl with a tongue ring, braces should be no obstacle whatsoever.
It is best not to attempt kissing for about a month after the braces have been put in place. There may be some soreness and bruising from the procedure, and any pressure around the mouth might hurt. Kissing should be fun and not painful.
To insure the experience is pleasant for your date, always practice good oral hygiene.
If you are at or near the beginning a relationship and feel that the time has come for that all-important first kiss, but aren’t sure of how to proceed if your date has braces, simply follow these easy guidelines:
(a) Choose a romantic spot: a secluded garden path with the stars overhead, a blanket on the beach after a picnic lunch, or on a park bench after a stroll on a summer evening. Keep the mood and the conversation light and relaxed.
(b) When you are both seated and comfortable, and have talked for a while, slowly move in closer and put your hand on her face. If she likes you, she will enjoy the close, warm feeling, and it will signal her that something more serious will probably follow.
(c) Kiss her cheek gently and move your lips slowly toward her mouth. Kiss her gently on the lips.
(d) Don’t press hard. It could push her lips against the metal braces. She will reciprocate by either kissing you harder, remaining relatively still or pulling away. If she responds vigorously, enjoy it but don’t let the action become rough. She does have a mouth full of metal and either of you might get cut if you’re not careful.
If she remains still, ask in a concerned voice if she finds kissing with braces uncomfortable. Listen to her answer and respond accordingly.
If she pulls away, smile and resume the conversation where it was left off. Leave it to her to make the next move, if she cares to do so.
(e) If both parties are enjoying themselves and the level of kissing intensifies, you might want to try a French kiss, but be careful to keep your tongue away from the braces. Move your head slowly. Avoid quick, jerky movements, especially if you are both wearing braces.
(d) You’ll soon discover that long, slow, intimate kisses are still possible, braces notwithstanding.
If you are having any trouble at all with your lips or tongue getting cut on your date’s braces, suggest she ask her orthodontist to smooth out the rough spots, during the next visit. She should also have been given a product called dental wax which can be applied to the braces. It will minimize the risk of either of you being cut until her next dental visit.
Many girls these days are proud of their braces and consider them a kind of jewellery, similar to a nose or tongue ring. Many cool guys agree and are attracted to young ladies who are sporting models of the latest fashion trend.
As for kissing, it’s been around for thousands of years. It will take a lot more than a few pieces of metal to discourage those caught in the overwhelming excitement of young love.