A funny thing happened today. One of my co-workers, who I usually talk with a couple of times a day, noticed my braces for the first time. It's been 20 days that I've had them! It took her almost three weeks to discover them. The metal in the mouth must fit me well.
It may help that I try to be as natural as possible with them, not hiding my smile or anything. The only time I get self-conscious about my braces is if I've just eaten something and I suspect that some food may be stuck in there.