ooooooooh braces! =]
I couldn't wait to get mine - as i remember, i was excited about picking the colours - odd, i know =]
the procedure itself isnt horribly painful - uncomfortable is more accurate. Afterwards is when the pain sets in - the bands are slowly pulling your teeth into position, so obviously you're going to have to experience some pain.From what i remember though, after i had it fitted, and each time i had it tightened, about a week or so later i was pain free.
The pain itself not so bad that you won't be able to eat properly. Some foods may proove difficult though, such as apples, tough meat and other hard foods, but the majority of your diet will be able to remain the same as it is now.
As for the 'forbidden foods' issues, popcorn isnt too much of a problem, unless you get it caught between your teeth (in which case, give them a good brush and it'll dislodge itself) soda isnt great for your teeth whether you have a brace or not, but apart from potentially discolouring your bands it shouldn't hurt, and i asked my orthadontist why she told people not to eat chewing gum. Apparently it's cause they got fed up of pulling it off the bottoms of the chairs in the waiting room - lol.
i wouldn't take a painkiller untill after you've had your brace fitted. When the pain kicks in, feel free to take the recommended amount, as long as your orthadotist agrees. I was dosed up on paracetamol for a good few days untill the pain wore off =]
The best bits of advice i can give for having a brace is this:
1. relax while its being fitted, it'll be much easier for both your and your orthadontist
2. be kind to yourself - brush gently, dont eat too many hard foods and go to all your dentist appointments
3. remember that in a few years you will have beautiful teeth =]