I can’t even remember a time after “starting” puberty when I didn’t engage in biting my nails, biting my knuckles (uuugh) or in recent years chewing the inside of my mouth. It has come to the point where there are lines (or wrinkles) above my upper lip that a person of my age wouldn’t usually have, and they make me incredible self-conscious. And my front teeth have also suffered. Repulsive, yes.
This behavior might stop eventually when my life changes and I don’t feel all this anxiety anymore, but until then, there’s got to be a way to stop. My dentist (who thinks that I grind my teeth at night) gave me some form of brace, but I don’t think I can wear it in the daytime. Unless I never speak!
For now I’m trying gum. If anyone knows of anything one can wear, like another kind of brace that allowes intelligible speech, do let me know!