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Offline surfreak

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #75 on: 23. April 2014, 11:15:16 AM »
The headgear was for the upper jaw and the facemask was intended for the lower jaw.

Offline Bandsandwires

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #76 on: 26. April 2014, 16:19:04 PM »
I had upper ceramic and lower metal braces for just over a year in 2010-11. I enjoyed the experience very much!

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #77 on: 27. April 2014, 12:44:23 PM »
I'm nearly 2 years into my treatment. Upper and lower clear braces, elastics most of the time, no other accessories... It's been fun.  ;D

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #78 on: 14. April 2015, 16:50:58 PM »
I just started treatment yesterday and now have both upper and lower metal Damon 3MX braces with molar bands on all four of my first molars. Last week, when I went to get the records done, the ortho said that I can have buccal tubes on the first and second molars but I convinced her to use bands instead. I am a strong chewer and also grind at night so I told her that I was worried about that possibly shearing off the molar brackets and she agreed. So after the records, I left there with 8 metal spacers. They were hoping that there would be enough space in a few days to band both first and second molars but no such luck, so I have round two of metal spacers and I go back on Thursday to get all of my second molars banded. I also have bite turbos on the bottom first molars and will be getting elastics soon. The ortho said I can expect an 18 - 24 month treatment time  :)

Offline bugbathe43

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #79 on: 14. April 2015, 22:14:35 PM »
I am into 3 years of wearing braces and J-hooks. ;D

Offline bracedkelly

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #80 on: 25. May 2015, 15:11:10 PM »
6 weeks into 3yrs of fixed metal braces . Got elastics fitted last week which I'm told I will be wearing for most if not all of my treatment. So far I'm really happy ( which I'm so surprised about) that I'm having this done.

Offline braceslover1

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #81 on: 07. October 2015, 03:50:03 AM »
Never had braces and my teeth are fine so I don't need them. I'm considering getting fakes though.

Offline osiris

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #82 on: 29. December 2015, 03:38:37 AM »
I'm going to get them on 20 January I'm going with ceramic on top and metal on bottom
Adult 24 years old
A bit anxious about getting them and reaction of people

Offline braces0000

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #83 on: 31. December 2015, 09:41:20 AM »
Visiting the orthodontist soon, I have a reasonably severe underbite and a few crooked teeth so hopefully the full monty will ensue.

Offline Libra

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #84 on: 12. January 2016, 23:57:13 PM »
I got mine off about three weeks ago.

Offline Thilda

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #85 on: 13. January 2016, 19:43:27 PM »
I have a severe overbite-
getting braces soon followed by jaw surgery

Offline coffeemate

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #86 on: 19. March 2016, 00:34:06 AM »
Never had braces and my teeth are fine so I don't need them. I'm considering getting fakes though.

Do it!!!!!
I wanted fake braces for 10+ years before I finally bought mine, and they're fantastic. Can't recommend them highly enough.

Offline KidFrost51

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #87 on: 08. May 2016, 03:07:10 AM »
I've had braces twice...once as a teenager and once as an adult. Great experience both times!

Offline Cassandra

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #88 on: 24. May 2016, 19:54:19 PM »
I had them as a kid. I thought they were super cool, and really fascinating, but I was usually more interested in what was going on around me in the ortho's office than what was in my own mouth. The office was open so I could see all the other patients being worked on at the same time as me, and I remember very vividly there being a big poster on the wall of different colors and patterns that a bionator could be made in. I never got to have a bionator :(

I barely remember what my own braces looked like on me or even what they felt like, except that my mouth was very sore when I got them on and I wore an expander on my top jaw that would leave an impression on my tongue over night. If I ever ran my tongue over my brackets, I don't remember doing it and wish I could remember what it felt like!

My expander was attached with molar bands, and I had four brackets on my front teeth. I am old enough that I remember some of my classmates having bands on all of their lower teeth and brackets on only their top fronts, but I only ever had those four brackets. They were connected with a bare wire to the tubes on my molar bands, and those tubes have left permanent scars on the insides of my cheeks! They have been off for 25 years and the scars are still there!

I had an underbite, but I was a pretty little kid and the expander did exactly what it was supposed to do and fixed it. It was not the kind of expander that required a key, though, it was just a really powerful spring. It hurt for quite a while after I got it but eventually I forgot about it even being there. I don't remember if it effected my speech but if it did I never noticed. I always thought my front teeth must have been crooked, but looking at pictures of myself pre-braces I don't think they were. I think they split apart from having my palate expanded, and the braces brought them back together, because I do remember having a huge gap between my front teeth and my lateral incisors getting pushed up a little. This was after my treatment started though.

After I got them off, I had a regular wire retainer that I wore pretty much like I was supposed to, except for the two times I lost it after lunch at school, but either I wasn't really ready to get the braces off or the retainer wasn't the right kind, because after a few months my parents noticed my front teeth moving backward and the orthodontist said yep, they definitely moved! We could put the braces back on...

I was really bummed because I was enjoying finally being able to eat candy and chew gum again! But I ended up with a new retainer that had springs behind my front teeth, and, after a few years, I was done with that too. It has long since stopped fitting, but not because my teeth have moved back, just because I was a kid then and my mouth is adult-sized now.

I only ever needed that treatment, nothing else, and my teeth are very straight and my bite is very aligned. However, in my profile, my chin sticks out and my upper jaw is short. I have always wondered if I was supposed to have something else done, or if not getting the braces back on wasn't the right thing to do, or if some people's faces just look like this and it's not really related to anything an orthodontist could do and its more in the realm of plastic surgery.

When I'm bored I like to make up elaborate stories in my head of an alternate timeline where once I was a little older, I went back to the orthodontist for my "real" treatment (like I know many people did - many of my classmates had a little bit of braces in elementary school and then had "real" braces and etc for several years in middle and high school) and this fictional treatment would of course include a facemask.

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Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
« Reply #89 on: 21. July 2016, 09:31:38 AM »
Male 36 from Boston and I am currently wearing metal brackets.
-Jeff