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Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Pumpkinhead on 28. November 2003, 14:59:37 PM
Everyone that uses this forum obviously has an interest in braces, but I wanna know who here has actually had braces themselves at any point in their lives?

I never have, but I do need them however... I just can't afford it...
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Rubberdam on 28. November 2003, 20:56:48 PM
I wore full braces for 3 years and have been VERY lucky to date 3 girls who were wearing braces. One of them only had top braces when I was dating her unfortunately, and none of them wore headgear or a facemask :cry:
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: jenova on 30. November 2003, 04:13:15 AM
:twisted: ive had braces twice now because i didnt wear a retainer and im braces less now though and missing them
jen
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Post by: carbonix on 30. November 2003, 19:08:52 PM
I will have braces as soon as I take my decision (I must have surgery and I don't like this).
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Post by: FallFromBrace on 01. December 2003, 02:40:54 AM
Quote from: "carbonix"
I will have braces as soon as I take my decision (I must have surgery and I don't like this).

I'd need surgery too if I decided to get braces, because my jaw is slightly crooked... That's really what I'm afraid of... not the cost :?
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: jay82 on 03. December 2003, 00:58:15 AM
I had braces (full bands -- early 1980's) and headgear.  Before the braces and headgear I had an expander for a few months.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: jenova on 18. December 2003, 06:55:44 AM
:twisted: my friend had the surgery, she said it wasnt fun the most annoying thing is , is that now she cant open her mouth as wide as she use too, no joke, she also said it was pretty pointless because she thinks she is getting tmj now
jen
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Post by: bracesbabe on 18. December 2003, 17:03:02 PM
Quote from: "Pumpkinhead"
I wanna know who here has actually had braces themselves at any point in their lives?

i've got braces now! and these white elastic bands.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: rachelwithglasses on 27. January 2004, 23:31:44 PM
A couple of different retainers to start with. Then fixed braces for three years, most of the time with different elastics and for a time rubber chain things (along the wires), then removable retainers (top and bottom) for ages afterwards - which I still need to wear at least twice a week at night. I've had new ones from time to time (we're talking seven years of wearing). But I like my retainers in a private sort of way - they feel comforting when I put them in, and they've kept my teeth nice and straight. I guess that's one of the reasons why I like to see other girls wearing them too (as well as fixed braces).
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: braceslord on 02. February 2004, 01:31:22 AM
I never have them, but i am close enough now
Title: hate them
Post by: ~Princess~ on 23. February 2004, 03:24:32 AM
I have them.  I can't wait to get them off.  People say that they are so cute, bu I hate them.  I hope to God i get them off soon.  I don't understand why anyone would want to get them if they don't need them.   :(
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Anonymous on 23. February 2004, 15:51:39 PM
I'll bet you look pretty good in the metal- once it's off you'll just have another boring smile.

LEAVE 'EM ON!
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Elsa on 21. April 2004, 19:12:27 PM
Quote from: "jenova"
:twisted: my friend had the surgery, she said it wasnt fun the most annoying thing is , is that now she cant open her mouth as wide as she use too, no joke, she also said it was pretty pointless because she thinks she is getting tmj now
jen


wow that adds to the whole thing. i need surgery as well and am the most scared i have ever been. mostly cause im so damn curious that i have surfed every website possible on maxilofacial surgeries and fell on some way-too-graphic pictures...hehehe. but i cant get braces only, its braces and surgery or nothing.
my teeh are very straight, its my bite thats awefull.
But hey! if it gives me the chance to have braces i'll take it...hehehe
they are coming on in excatly 30days. my orthodontist has never met smeone so excited about getting braces. he didnt even propose me the metal ones, i had to make him change the plan cause i want them shiny after all.
in 30days...for 3 years...plus surgery...and then the whole retainer phase of course...
im am creating a website as we speak, to document my treatment and to cater to orthodontal braces fetishism. it's going to be a blast.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: bracesjen on 09. May 2004, 20:31:47 PM
I have braces right now! I've had them since last summer and am not sure how much longer I need them. I had them as a kid - from age 11-13 and my teeth were perfect for 10 years. Then I developed really crooked teeth and an open bite. I couldn't believe it! I am hoping my braces this time (and wearing a retainer for several years afterwards) will keep my teeth straight for the rest of my life! Oh and I have silver braces and I love putting on different colored rubberbands each month! I feel so young again :) Jen
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Post by: Anonymous on 14. May 2004, 16:20:07 PM
I have them right now for at least another 8 months
http://anonym.to/?http://community.webshots.com/album/141442944ElqxXN
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Post by: John Doe 21 on 18. May 2004, 15:26:15 PM
i have braces
Title: 3 1/2 years
Post by: spuglese on 23. May 2004, 22:03:14 PM
Had them for 3 1/2 years, with high pull headgear
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: acergal on 04. June 2004, 12:59:28 PM
i have braces. i had a saggital appliance for 7 months, then fixed headgear (face mask) for 5 months. now i have my brackets on top and bottom, and i just got elastics and a power chain a few weeks ago. i've had brackets for 6 months now, and i have about another 2 years to go. my bite's not fixed yet, so my orthodntist suggested more headgear so we'll see how it goes.

when thats over, retainers for ages!
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: SteveM on 05. June 2004, 00:04:39 AM
I had fixed metal brackets & elastics for 25 months in the late 70's (1978 - 1980).  I was bummed - I was expecting to get full bands (they was the most popular at the time!)

Steve
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: dracula on 27. August 2004, 00:04:42 AM
I'm wearing braces. I will have the surgery about a year from now or a little more than that.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: mcmic on 01. September 2004, 22:26:00 PM
I had a retainer for well over a year (didn't wear it enough..), was meant to then get fixed braces but was nearly 18 by then (this was a couple of years ago) and chickened out. I still need them (and want them), but unfortunately at the end of the day I'm too worried about what people would think of me if I got them now, and getting clear ones spoils the best part about them! Maybe when I'm older.. but god dammit I wish I'd had them when I was younger!
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: country boy on 24. December 2004, 02:35:32 AM
Had them for 2 years when I was 16.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Quetzqual on 24. December 2004, 11:15:31 AM
I had an activator retainer, the kind that fixes upper and lower jaw at the same time, for nearly 6 years. At the time, mid eighties, I didn't like it much, mostly due to the speech encumbrance at school, but I still have the thingy in my closet and I appreciate it now more than ever.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Gosuspange333 on 18. June 2005, 23:50:29 PM
I have had clear fixed braces and after that an activator.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: ami_de_votre on 28. January 2006, 21:23:46 PM
had to wear brackets with elastics and a headgear with neckstrap
I liked it very much :)
after that only upper retainer
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: saturnplutoneptune on 14. March 2006, 17:42:41 PM
I had a mouthfull in the early 90s. I also had a bar that ran under my top brackets, so it looked like I had braces AND a retainer at the same time! That was really cool!
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Person on 02. June 2006, 12:18:44 PM
I had braces several years ago for about a year and a half. I had metal brackets, elastics and powerchains most of the time, and a bite plate near the end for several months.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: ApuruPaiSan on 08. June 2006, 20:42:27 PM
im hoping to get them soon as soon i can reach deep into my pocket to fish out the cash for it, lol
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: archie on 09. June 2006, 17:17:25 PM
I wore braces myself for a couple of years, clear brackets top and metal brackets lower. I also wore headgear for a time, but rarely in public (which was relatively common where and when I grew up), and elastics for half a year or so. Wouldn't have them again, though...
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: bracesbabejen on 14. June 2006, 02:09:09 AM
I have them now for the second time! I am afraid to get them off since I'm afraid my teeth will revert when I get them removed:(
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: cp927 on 21. June 2006, 09:31:59 AM
Had them for 3 1/2 years, we i wsa young.
Probably need new one
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Joe_T21 on 24. June 2006, 09:54:31 AM
I had braces for about a year and a half.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: luckyday on 25. August 2006, 20:42:18 PM
i have had mine for a little over a year. i still have over a year left to go.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: slugbrace11 on 08. September 2006, 11:39:23 AM
I had them at 15, for 2 years.  They were metal with hooks and elastics to fix an open bite.  My teeth are worse now at 32, I didn't have my wisdom teeth pulled untill 28.  Made my teeth crowd and opened my bite more.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: garlicpickle on 27. September 2006, 22:56:28 PM
I just got them put on 2 months ago
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Post by: ASFRyan on 30. September 2006, 21:24:56 PM
I have had mine for about nine months now after wanting them for nearly fifteen years.

I'm happy I decided to get them, but I'm bored with mine already, and I think having them has decreased the degree of my fetish, although clearly not completely as I'm still here and posting.
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Post by: facemask2 on 03. October 2006, 03:22:08 AM
i have had braces and elastics
Title: My Story
Post by: bigdog on 03. November 2006, 17:16:12 PM
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Post by: posaunist steffen on 07. November 2006, 15:58:10 PM
At the moment I've braces, but I didn' like them.
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Post by: latino heat on 02. December 2006, 08:16:49 AM
i have had them two years and still got five years left go to the treatment to read my story
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Post by: fullbracessamantha on 13. December 2006, 15:49:58 PM
i have been wearing full braces (metal) for 2 months now. I will be getting elastics too
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Post by: gia on 26. December 2006, 02:50:58 AM
i have braces. okay ive been having braces for more than 2 years. i got headgear (wired) about 1 year ago. && im gonna wear them for one and a half year at least.
oh and before all of these i had retainer like everybody else.
i have no problem with them, actually i can say i like them.
Title: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Marty on 26. December 2006, 13:55:43 PM
@Gia
what do you mean with "wired" HG :roll:
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Post by: gia on 26. December 2006, 15:34:30 PM
i have to wear it dalily for about 20 hours. (so except eating, showint, etc.)
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Post by: Braces4Life on 03. February 2007, 05:45:16 AM
I had braces and I am going to again. Real soon. Hurray for me!  ;D Sorry there is no braces on my smily. And again  ;D
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Post by: Joe_T21 on 05. February 2007, 03:31:13 AM
I had braces for about two years.
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Post by: bernal1789 on 12. June 2010, 10:13:33 AM
I had a retainer and a bionator for over 2 or 3 years.
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Post by: DemBones on 29. June 2010, 13:20:22 PM
Had them for ages when I was a kid – plus 5 years of the “ages” with a cervical headgear.  (add in a few jaw ops for good measure, all which ended when I was 26, thank goodness!)

Now I only have a retainer, but managed to convince my ortho to give me a headgear as a “joke” – that sure freaked out my girlfriend.   
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Post by: jaegermeister on 29. June 2010, 14:23:54 PM
I had braces for several years. At the age of 8 or 9, I got some removable braces, like activators and bionators. At the age of 12 i got my fixed braces (Metallbrackets) with headgear for three years. After that, I had to wear a retainer (removable) for a few years.

Now I only wear braces for fun.
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Post by: andyB on 29. June 2010, 18:49:31 PM
I had removable braces first, then fixed braces + headgear. After about two years I got a retainer for a few years. Now I have to wear a retainer again because of my wisdom theeth.
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Post by: retained on 18. August 2010, 23:56:05 PM
Wanted to have removables for more years than I can remember and got hawley retainers about six years ago.  I really like them and have worn top one ever since.
It feels normal to have it in now and I keep it in for eating as well cos I like the feel of the plastic covering my mouth. Dont feel right without it.
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Post by: firehazard9 on 24. August 2010, 06:27:50 AM
will a orthodontist give you braces even if you dont really need them if you asked for them
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Post by: Sparky on 24. August 2010, 18:10:15 PM
I just got 2 new pairs of retainers... one pair of "hawleys" with pink plastic, and one pair of "essix" clear-plastic retainers.

Of course, those of you who know me will know that I don't actually NEED them, they are "just for fun"!

Sparky
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Post by: ASFRyan on 24. August 2010, 19:40:15 PM
will a orthodontist give you braces even if you dont really need them if you asked for them
Nobody "needs" braces. They're entirely elective. Not all patients have severe cases, many are for minor things. Have the orthodontist address these minor issues.
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Post by: chili on 11. December 2010, 11:16:57 AM
I got removable braces when I was a teenager and had them for four years
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Post by: HgWells on 11. December 2010, 16:12:16 PM
Can't believe I never posted in this inquiry. I got my braces when I was 50 years old, A lifetime quest, Had all teeth bracketed, molars banded and even had a bridge split to correct bite, Wore headgear for a year, tried to get a combi, had elastics. Time went by fast for the 3 years. Have Hawley retainers that I wear occasionally after 10 years, Great experience when you have a good orthodontist
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Post by: pesp on 11. December 2010, 16:46:30 PM
1970 - 1975 age 14 -18, full bands with full headgear and strict parents.  It was not pretty.
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Post by: ceebee on 12. December 2010, 20:01:44 PM
Nobody "needs" braces. They're entirely elective. Not all patients have severe cases, many are for minor things. Have the orthodontist address these minor issues.

I beg to differ with you that Nobody needs braces. Failing to achieve a good occlusion (bite) causes premature tooth loss and jaw problems later in life, as well as self-concept problems. Malocclusion (needing braces) IS a health issue, but sadly in the US and many other countries is is considered to be 'elective' or 'cosmetic'
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Post by: ceebee on 12. December 2010, 20:22:28 PM
I wore fixed braces as a teen, back in the the 'Bad Old Days' of full bands, the real 'metal mouth look' of the late 60's. Spent a summer in nearly full time high pull HG wear (parents threatening a slow, painful death if I was seen out of it without permission), several months with elastics and a couple months in a horrible bite plate that almost filled my mouth and pushed my lower teeth forward (all but impossible to talk with it in, the were actually so 'kind' to schedule it during summer vacation so it didnt interfere with school). When I was 16 pr 17 I finally graduated to retainers, actually right when lingual 3 x 3 lower retainers were introduced - just my lower cuspids banded, and a wire running between them behind my teeth - removable on top, I would guess a hawley. After a few months graduated to night only year on top, and the bottom removed when I was 20.
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Post by: DemBones on 27. December 2010, 07:38:44 AM
Nobody "needs" braces. They're entirely elective.

Erm, respectfully disagree.  This is an argument put forward by most health insurance agencies to prevent paying up.
The problems of malocclusion are plentiful, not just for cosmetic purposes.  Braces, quite literally, saved my life.  No, not everyone is as extreme as I was, but at the end of the day, good dentition leads to better overall health.

And oh, let us not forget the often overlooked link between bad occlusion and headaches.  I have personal experience of cluster headaches (http://anonym.to/?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_headache) being "cured" by aligning teeth correctly. 
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Post by: Embracer on 23. February 2011, 11:56:49 AM
I had a removable brace twice in my teens
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Post by: Embracer on 04. March 2011, 20:47:00 PM
I currently have a mouthguard on my bottom teeth as my dentist thinks that my teeth have become worn due to grinding . I think the wear may be due to my bite being incorrect and a top front incisor closing onto a bottom incisor instead of in front of it. Should I consult an orthodontist?
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Post by: Christian2 on 13. July 2012, 00:51:00 AM
Fist I had removable applicances, kind of activators. Then I had to wear headgear for about 18 months. Then, after the removal of all four wisdom teeth, I got full bands with headgear until the end of treatment.
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Post by: MikeB on 13. July 2012, 04:28:48 AM
I did, back in my mid-teens (the '80s, baby!) for about two years and change. Metal top and bottom, but nothing special. Never even got elastics!
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Post by: bwbraces on 09. February 2013, 23:20:37 PM
 I never did,  I really look forward to the day I can get a full blown mouthful
of metal braces - full metal bands, huge metal brackets, lots of wires, lots of rubber bands, and a double headgear - it would be a dream come true for me
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Post by: Joni on 01. July 2013, 22:01:33 PM
i had in teenager metal brackets on both jaws for 3 years. Very rare teen likes braces, but i love having braces. Now i have self install molar bands and compination headgear
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Post by: jonjon on 08. December 2013, 16:54:26 PM
I dont have braces but wish i could i was told that because my teeth are basicaly straight theres no may antone would give me braces shame really
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Post by: Bracet on 13. December 2013, 00:36:42 AM
Nothing wrong with my teeth, but never wore braces until a week ago. Retainer from the bracesshop.
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Post by: chrissie on 14. December 2013, 14:55:34 PM
I've had braces but one tooth got crooked again since.
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Post by: surfreak on 18. April 2014, 09:37:21 AM
My braces career started, when I was 7.
My second upper right molar (which was still one of my primary teeth) had to be extracted because of an infection.
The dentist installed me a spacer, which consisted of a molar band and a bent piece of wire. This I was supposed to wear until the second tooth started growing.
About one year later, this thing fell off for the second time, when the dentist said to my parents, that an orthodontic treatment will be necessary anyway, and so he left it off...
Some weeks later, I got my first braces installed. Plastic ones, just on the upper teeth from 1 to 3 on each side.
And molar bands, for my headgear, I head to wear for 12-14 hours a day, with high pull, and cervical strap.
Than, after about two years, the orthodontist took off my braces and I got a bionator to wear for 18 hours a day.
Two or three visits later, my molar bands were still installed, the ortho surprised me with my headgear again, which I head to wear again. With the headgear installed, I was unable to remove my bionator, which gave me some - today I would say - ballgag feeling, which I started to like...
I think, that was the time, my braces-fetish started ;-)
Before my parents always had to tell me - wear your braces!!! - but then I started to wear them automatically whenever possible.
After about one year with my bionator-headgear treatment, I got fixed braces again. Now the full program, uppers and lowers and still my - beloved - headgear. But - what a surprise, with some grinding on my bionator, the orthodontist managed this thing still to fit in my mouth, with all the braces installed.
I didn´t show to anybody, but I loved to wear my "instruments of torture"
The only thing, that I got afraid of, was the facemask, the orthodontist asked me once, if I would wear, which I denied (what was I stupid ;-) So I got elastics to wear instead.

Than, after all, I got the braces off. Happy on the one hand (first girlfriend...) but also a bit sad and missing some part of me.

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Post by: jonjon on 20. April 2014, 17:38:58 PM
wOW THATS A LOT OFtreatment youv had am i jealouse you bet i am i must say i didnt know they started treatment so early as seven years old are you in USA or UK just curiose cheers from jonjon
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Post by: andys on 20. April 2014, 20:13:19 PM
With the headgear installed, I was unable to remove my bionator, which gave me some - today I would say - ballgag feeling, which I started to like...

That would be my favourite part too. I like braces that are limiting in some way or another.

Was your headgear 12-14 hrs/day the whole treatment? Did you just wear it in the evening and and at night? When did you usually wear the bionator?
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Post by: surfreak on 21. April 2014, 17:18:05 PM
Usually I wore my bionator-headgear-combi just during the night.
But, when my braces-fetish started, I began wearing it whenever I was at home.

Last week, almost 30 years later, I ordered my first fakes. Headgear included, of course!!

I am so full of curiosity and can't wait trying them in for the first time....
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Post by: andys on 22. April 2014, 02:24:16 AM
The fakes are fun. I never had real braces, so my only experience has been the retainer and headgear I ordered from here, but  they are awesome!

I do wish I could attach the facebow to something fixed, rather than the removable retainer, but oh well...
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Post by: DemBones on 22. April 2014, 17:49:55 PM
Headgear AND asked you if you will wear a facemask - that is funny, considering they do the exact opposite thing.
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Post by: surfreak on 23. April 2014, 11:15:16 AM
The headgear was for the upper jaw and the facemask was intended for the lower jaw.
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Post by: Bandsandwires 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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Post by: c214 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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Post by: lovesbraces 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  :)
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Post by: bugbathe43 on 14. April 2015, 22:14:35 PM
I am into 3 years of wearing braces and J-hooks. ;D
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Post by: bracedkelly 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.
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Post by: braceslover1 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.
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Post by: osiris 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
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Post by: braces0000 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.
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Post by: Libra on 12. January 2016, 23:57:13 PM
I got mine off about three weeks ago.
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Post by: Thilda on 13. January 2016, 19:43:27 PM
I have a severe overbite-
getting braces soon followed by jaw surgery
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Post by: coffeemate 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.
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Post by: KidFrost51 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!
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Cassandra 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.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: bracedinboston on 21. July 2016, 09:31:38 AM
Male 36 from Boston and I am currently wearing metal brackets.
-Jeff
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: zanna21hg on 21. July 2016, 11:28:09 AM
Male 36 year old,
fixed metal top and bootm with springs on both sides
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: mec on 28. July 2016, 09:17:02 AM
male 40year old,
fixed large sized bracket top and bottom,
two expander and headgear( sometimes i wire it in)
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: r1r1r12000 on 02. October 2016, 16:36:44 PM
Just got them on Friday!
Male, 35
Fixed metal top and bottom with bite blocks
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: fordje on 02. October 2016, 18:10:10 PM
Male 23.
Removable bite plate and lower fixed braces.
So I cant wear my van beek activator and my t-appliance anymore :(.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: timari valley on 03. October 2016, 04:21:17 AM
I had headgear and metal braces when I was a kid. Now, at age 27, I decided to get braces again some months ago. Due to neglecting retainer usage, my teeth became separated and I acquired a deep bite.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: 4em2 on 19. January 2017, 06:04:51 AM
I had braces for two years as an adult. Full braces, both uppers and lowers, and elastics.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: 123chris45 on 10. February 2017, 01:39:45 AM
Had braces in my teens.
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Post by: caster72401 on 24. April 2017, 19:18:25 PM
currently in braces
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: carking on 04. January 2018, 16:51:10 PM
I started my treatment late, when I was 22; i'm now 29. I had a jones jig appliance combined with a nance button, followed by full upper and lower ceramic braces and elastics. I wanted the best smile possible and went with the jones jig. My total treatment time was about 3 years and then I got an upper essix and lower hawley retainer.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: bugbathe43 on 04. January 2018, 20:17:38 PM
The first time I had braces was in mid twenties for 2 years nothing special only one rubberband, The second time was my late thirties because the first ortho didn't correctly fix my bite, found later he was fined by the state for malpractice, again just braces and elastics for 2.5 years.  The third time I had to get braces was because my wisdom teeth were removed and I had developed a large overbite and crossbite. 2 days before I turned 50 I was fitted with full braces and on the very first day I also was fitted with a headgear, I was told to get up 20+ hours a day of wear. So the very first day I wore may headgear right away in the office, boy did I get the looks from the kids. I wore it for 2 years the last 8 months for 24\7. Finally after 2.5 years the ortho decided I needed a tough crib which I wore for the last year of my treatment 3.5 years total. So that was 8 years of treatment which I loved every day of it.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: mr-metal on 04. January 2018, 23:17:30 PM
When I was 13 (over 20 years ago!) I wore a functional appliance - the lisp when I first got it was immense! It was borderline as to whether I needed headgear too (unfortunates I didn’t need it - booooo!)

I then needed fixed braces but as a shy, insecure teenager refused and she said that’s fine - maybe when your older - one of my biggest regrets in life! Lol!

Fast forward to now - and I have a modified twin block brace and headgear from BracesShop!
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Jimmy m. on 05. January 2018, 13:34:28 PM
I had braces when I was 12. I had an overbite and my 2 upper front teeth where not straight. I started with metal braces for about 9 months and after that I got a twin block which I was supposed to wear 24/7 but I hated that thing so I only wore it at night. After 6 months of twin block I got metal braces again but the gum on my lower jaw didn't respond well. The orthodontist said I was probably allergic and my gum was al swollen which meant they took out my lower braces. I finished my upper jaw but my lower jaw is back to how it was. Now I wear Invisalign on my upper jaw at night.

-note: I'm not a native English speaker so excuse me if there are any mistakes
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: carking on 05. January 2018, 17:28:19 PM
When I was 13 (over 20 years ago!) I wore a functional appliance - the lisp when I first got it was immense! It was borderline as to whether I needed headgear too (unfortunates I didn’t need it - booooo!)

I then needed fixed braces but as a shy, insecure teenager refused and she said that’s fine - maybe when your older - one of my biggest regrets in life! Lol!

Fast forward to now - and I have a modified twin block brace and headgear from BracesShop!

What kind of functional appliance did you have?
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: YBNO on 07. January 2018, 20:06:50 PM

I then needed fixed braces but as a shy, insecure teenager refused and she said that’s fine - maybe when your older - one of my biggest regrets in life! Lol!


Sounds similar to my story, when I was 11-12 I was told I needed braces.  But after a tooth extraction and almost 2 years later when I was ready, I was told it wasnt 100% necessary any longer.  Being 14 then, and several of my other friends already done with their braces I said that I didnt want them :(
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: erin_wires on 12. January 2018, 02:32:00 AM
I'm getting braces soon, ortho mentioned that i'll probably have them for two years....wish me luck! haha
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Jimmy m. on 12. January 2018, 08:16:01 AM
I'm getting braces soon, ortho mentioned that i'll probably have them for two years....wish me luck! haha
What's the treatment going to look like?
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: erin_wires on 13. January 2018, 01:53:51 AM
What's the treatment going to look like?

Probably just braces, i do have a little bit of an overbite though so maybe rubber bands at some point or possibly even headgear
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Jimmy m. on 13. January 2018, 16:35:29 PM
Probably just braces, i do have a little bit of an overbite though so maybe rubber bands at some point or possibly even headgear
Sounds exciting!
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: ortho218 on 13. January 2018, 16:58:34 PM
I never had braces but kind of wish I had, My teeth are straight enough and everything but not perfect..maybe one day!
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: jaynic1982 on 06. February 2018, 08:46:45 AM
hey erin how are. You? Did you end up getting your braces
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: lol on 07. February 2018, 22:59:55 PM
almost twelfe years ago i first got a plate, after about half a year i got an activator which i had to wear for circa one year. then i got metal braces on top and bottom for 2,5 years and after about six month in braces i got class II elastics. as a retainer i had to wear an activator at night and the clear invisaglin like retainers at daytime
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: cp927 on 09. February 2018, 23:52:16 PM
I had brace between 10 to 13yo (I am 44 now)
fixed brace, and a headgear at night for 9 month.
I was a very bad wearer ! Many fight with my parent about wearing time ! I cheat so lot in my log book :-)
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: tg2002 on 10. February 2018, 02:21:52 AM
I have had them
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: jaynic1982 on 28. March 2018, 09:45:35 AM
Hey hun how are you braces going did you end up ge4tting headgear have you long left >:D
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: tg2002 on 10. May 2018, 04:21:05 AM
I had fixed Damon braces and elastics
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: ekaj123 on 17. May 2018, 06:52:55 AM
I started with an expander when I was young then a couple years later got fixed braces for 3 years. I wouldn't wear my elastics so I ended up getting twin forsus. 
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Hops on 11. June 2018, 12:14:16 PM
I had them twice. First time in the late 60's and in the early 2000's.
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Post by: 5291 on 11. August 2018, 18:44:21 PM
had a removable expander for a 6 months and then fixed braces for a year, wearing elastics for about 3 months. now wearing retainers.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: henkbyblos on 11. August 2018, 23:42:33 PM
I kind of had the full program myself  :P

Started off with an activator and high-pull headgear. Later on I also got a neck strap headgear, but didn’t have to wear them at the same time. The activator also had an expansion screw fitted, which I needed to start turning after the first months.
As I didn’t really stick to the required wearing time from my orthodontist, she gave up on my treatment with those appliances after 1,5 years.

As an alternative, and an option that required less “cooperation”, I got a Herbst appliance with expander, later followed by metal brackets on top and bottom. After the Herbst was removed, I had to wear rubber bands (again, did not do that all the time :D).

That all lasted 4-5 years and I got fitted with fixed retainers. After they came loose from time to time and the top one even broke eventually, I got removable retainers as well.
Still wearing them once a week at night.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: ortho218 on 12. August 2018, 16:05:01 PM
I kind of had the full program myself  :P

Started off with an activator and high-pull headgear. Later on I also got a neck strap headgear, but didn’t have to wear them at the same time. The activator also had an expansion screw fitted, which I needed to start turning after the first months.
As I didn’t really stick to the required wearing time from my orthodontist, she gave up on my treatment with those appliances after 1,5 years.

As an alternative, and an option that required less “cooperation”, I got a Herbst appliance with expander, later followed by metal brackets on top and bottom. After the Herbst was removed, I had to wear rubber bands (again, did not do that all the time :D).

That all lasted 4-5 years and I got fitted with fixed retainers. After they came loose from time to time and the top one even broke eventually, I got removable retainers as well.
Still wearing them once a week at night.

wow it sounds like they tried 'everything' on you! if you don't mind me asking, what was the worst part of the treatment for you? I've always thought a Herbst looks very uncomfortable but as you pointed out it requires less 'co-operation' so you just have to get on with it!!
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: henkbyblos on 15. August 2018, 22:56:45 PM
wow it sounds like they tried 'everything' on you! if you don't mind me asking, what was the worst part of the treatment for you? I've always thought a Herbst looks very uncomfortable but as you pointed out it requires less 'co-operation' so you just have to get on with it!!

For me, the high-pull headgear was really the worst part. As you said, the Herbst was uncomfortable but didn’t offer an option. Just had to go with it.
But to go out every day with the headgear (even when I was younger and it was relatively normal) wasn’t really fun. And even when I was further in the treatment and only had to wear it at home/during the night, I didn’t like it at all  ;D
I personally don’t really understand all the headgear fanatics here  ??? no offense  :D
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Misluposu on 01. November 2018, 20:57:55 PM
I've had braces for 15 months, full metal and elastics.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Azul on 15. November 2018, 14:01:17 PM
I had clear braces with elastics for 30 months.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Alfster on 08. January 2019, 18:26:01 PM
I have braces at the moment and I’m so insecure about them
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: carking on 09. January 2019, 16:44:53 PM
I can understand being insecure about having braces, especially as an adult. I didn't start my treatment until I was 21. At the end of the day, no one really says anything and you're in pursuit of a perfect smile, so who cares. Smile with confidence!
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Braceletta on 14. February 2019, 21:24:26 PM
I had removables for maybe 7 years - because I didn't wear them enough. Lower with a screw to push the front teeth forward, upper Hawley with various springs. They were doing pretty well until I went to university - then I only wore them at night - and not many nights.
By the time I came back they didn't fit, so I stopped going to appointments, and that was the end! They have relapsed, but not terribly, but I may go for treatment again - probably.
My first treatment was free (in the UK), but the next one wont be. Hoping I can get it done with removables but hardly any orthos seem to use removables on adults.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: GonUchiha on 21. February 2019, 03:33:06 AM
I just got braces, and it feels wierd, i already had an idea of what it would feel like, but until you got them on, you really get to know the senstion it produces. I just got them like 2 hours ago, so lets  see if the pain increases  ;D
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: radian on 27. February 2019, 02:26:36 AM
My treatment starts yesterday. For the moment I do not have brackets but orthoclonic brace on top only like this :

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It's invisible but kind of disturbing because of the lisp. Not easy to talk properly.

Brackets are going to come on top in several month, when there will be more space. During that time, I will have an orthoclonic brace on bottom, then braces on bottom.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: sull88 on 18. March 2019, 23:46:08 PM
Just got them late last year and have always been fascinated with the way they work.
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Post by: Embers on 19. March 2019, 02:35:51 AM
never braces, but I did have my jaw wired shut for about two months when I was sixteen. It was a nice experience, but I just wish I didn't have a broken jaw when it happened.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: ortho218 on 19. March 2019, 14:02:26 PM
never braces, but I did have my jaw wired shut for about two months when I was sixteen. It was a nice experience, but I just wish I didn't have a broken jaw when it happened.

wow yeah that sucks!
If you don't mind me asking, how did they attach the wires to wire your jaw shut if you didn't have braces?
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Embers on 19. March 2019, 18:47:53 PM
it wasn't braces so much as a metal band with hooks on it for elastics. It was anchored along my upper and lower gums and then about twenty elastics used to immobilize my jaw. It wasn't "braces" per se but I did enjoy the hardware nonetheless
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Embers on 19. March 2019, 23:10:13 PM
oh okay I looked it up. I had something called "arch bars" that held my jaw shut with a bunch of elastics

are arch bars braces?
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: ortho218 on 21. March 2019, 10:12:04 AM
oh okay I looked it up. I had something called "arch bars" that held my jaw shut with a bunch of elastics

are arch bars braces?

I had to look this up and honestly it looks way more uncomfortable than braces! Although I've never had either myself so only going on what it looks like.
I guess they are sort of braces but a very different style - like the difference between invisalign and traditional braces in a way.
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: libtech on 21. March 2019, 14:15:22 PM
Embers I to have had my jaw wired shut as well. Ihad braces in regarda to and actual jaw surgery to fix my underbite but just like you I was wired shut and enjoyed that feeling...how dis you break your jaw?
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Embers on 21. March 2019, 23:51:10 PM
sorry I don't want to recount the incident that caused my broken jaw, but I'm more than happy to talk about having it wired shut
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: mrmajestic723 on 22. March 2019, 02:44:48 AM
Do tell Embers
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: Embers on 22. March 2019, 19:52:37 PM
Well I had a metal plate put into my jaw so I was asleep when it was wired shut. I woke up unable to open my mouth which was kinda scary at first, but once that passed it was pretty nice. I couldn't open my mouth, which made me unable to talk in anything more than a mumble. feeling hungry all the time was the only part that sucked, though. Still, I got to be quiet and nonverbal and it cut down the amount of talking to me that people do and that was probably the best part. Once my jaw was freed I had a hard time opening it for about a week but the tendons loosened up and my mouth opened all the way while I was eating pizza. All in all though, I'd love to do it again
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: libtech on 23. March 2019, 01:49:23 AM
I understand. Its no problem at all.
I completely understand what you mean by everything that come with having your jaw wired shut. Its a bit of a trip especially when you wake up from the surgery, as you were explaining, and attempting to open your mouth and unable to whatsoever. Being hungry is the worst part especially when someone us munching down on some bomb ass food or the food network channel is playing! Lol
Title: Re: Who here has actually had braces themselves?
Post by: DemBones on 24. March 2019, 07:36:56 AM
Half my life ago I had my jaw wired shut after orthognathic surgery.  It certainly was a trip - not 100% I'd do it again for the full six weeks though, but I'll do a weekend any time. 

fortunately, my father really loves to cook, and he experimented with different soups - I never went hungry, and to this day I have a "fetish for soup"!