I have had braces for just under 4 years now, and I have to admit that they aren't all that bad NOW. (To hear about my whole experience so far, click here).Since I have had them, I have learned how to deal with them, so here are a few struggles you can expect:
Food gets stuck in them - a lot
If I have learnt anything from having braces, it would be don't eat bread when you are no where near a toothbrush or water to sloosh around in your mouth and always carry a toothpick (or a bobby pin in emergencies).
Having them tightened hurts
Try your best not to have an appointment at the orthodontist less than 4 days before an event you will be eating at, because if you do, you'll be eating soup.
The wax is useless
So when you first have 'train tracks' you will be given this wax that is made out of vegetable oil (I think), just in case the braces start to rub the inside of your mouth, and they will. The thing about this wax is that you can only apply it to dry places, which is unbelievably stupid because your mouth is wet. When you eventually manage to get it on your teeth, it will last at most an hour, and it comes off when you eat.
These are 3 of the issues I have had. Have you had braces? Have you got any issues to add?