I've noticed that the only people who feel comfortable bringing up the fact that I have braces without me saying so first are random drunk men.
I went out last night, and had one man start telling me about how his son has braces. At the mention of the word 'braces', I think he could read my expression which said 'Thanks for bringing that up', and he was like 'Oh no, no, I'm just saying that you're going to have really nice teeth afterwards, and you're a pretty girl already so you'll look really nice'. I'm sure he meant well, but it wasn't really what I wanted to chat about with a stranger.
Later that night a random drunk man in the street stopped me and said 'You look too old to have braces', so I said 'I am too old to have braces'. He asked how old I was, and when I told him he was like 'So why do you have braces now?' and I just said 'It's a long story'. He tried to get me to tell him the long story (which I didn't) and then asked for my number, so I suppose I should see the positive side that the braces didn't put him off!
It really depresses me when people like that do mention my braces. I was not interested in either of them, but when I'm on a night out I at least want to try and feel attractive and forget that I have a big mouth full of metal like a teenager, and then I have people coming up to me and reminding me about that fact. It also confirms that men obviously do notice them. My friend always says to me that people don't even notice, and I know she's trying to make me feel better, but last night just confirms that they do. I'm getting so sick of looking like a gummy, goofy metal-mouthed teenager. I can't wait to get these stupid braces off. I'm sick of feeling so unattractive all the time.