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Offline Braced_uk

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Buying from braces shop
« on: 08. August 2016, 09:12:29 AM »
Hello, 
I'm
After purchasing braces from the braces shop, what are people's experience? How easy is it?  What have people ordered? How can I order but I cannot have them delivered to my home - I'm
Based in Manchester uk any help would be great thanks
Andy

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #1 on: 08. August 2016, 15:24:49 PM »
My experiences with the braces shop have been good.The braces are made by a proper dental technician in the same way and with the same materials as the real thing. The key to getting a well-fitting brace is to take good impressions. What type of brace are you planning to get? I have bought retainers. They send you an impression kit. It is not easy to take good impressions but you get plenty of spare material so you can have two or three goes at it. You then return the completed impressions and kit by post in the same box and they make your brace. so there are 3 lots of international post each taking nearly a week. And the technician is sometimes quite busy so expect it to take  a month or maybe a bit longer between placing your order and getting the finished brace.

 If you don't want the impression kit and finished brace sent to your home, why not get them sent to the address of a trusted friend? Alternatively, you could ask in your local post office how you could get something sent to you without it going to your home address.

The packaging is plain, but they have to say on international packaging what the contents are. So the first box will have "impression kit" written in  small writing on the sticker attached to the box. I think the sticker on the box enclosing  my finished braces said " impression return"

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #2 on: 23. August 2016, 09:14:08 AM »
I would love fixed braces on a retainer with springs and headgear tubes

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #3 on: 30. August 2016, 08:32:16 AM »
I have just sent back my impressions to bracesshop so now have the agonising wait!! I thought I would share my experience so far.

I too am in the UK and am using a company called Mail Boxes Etc and their One Drop service. They charge £2 to receive and hold a parcel and you get it sent straight to them.

So..... I've gone for the Modified Twin-Block with pelottes and Telescope Appliance along with cervical headgear. I ordered the impression kit also.

I was impressed with how fast the impression kit arrived... After 4 working days. The box did have a customs label on it which described the contents as "impression kit". The box contained instructions, impression trays (3 sizes) and the impression stuff?!

It was tricky taking the impressions. The first time around I was too slow and the stuff has set too much to bite into it! But second time lucky! It certainly was fun doing the impressions! I think I filled the upper tray too much as I was gagging on it as it oozed out the tray. But worth the exprerience.

Boxed the impressions up, labelled the box and took to the post office!

That was Friday so not sure how long it takes from now.

I'm looking forward to wearing the braces out and about and looking forward to people's reactions to a mouthful of plastic and metal. I'm going to put myself in situations where I've got to talk - eg asking for directions, ordering food etc. I do plan on wearing the headgear too when I'm out of town.... Not sure how I would explain it if I bumped into someone I knew!

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #4 on: 31. August 2016, 23:31:57 PM »
Does anyone know if, once you mail your impressions back, the Braces Shop automatically keeps the plaster mold of your teeth so that you do not have to make a new one if you want to order something else later, or is this something you need to specify?

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #5 on: 01. September 2016, 10:08:29 AM »
yes they do keep your mould for future orders

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #6 on: 02. September 2016, 13:40:34 PM »
thanks all for your help. Ive sent an email to the braces shop as i would like fixed brackets with the telescopic appliance on a retainer with headgear tubes - just waiting for an email back and then possibly place an order

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #7 on: 12. September 2016, 08:34:59 AM »
Still unsure whether to get some - if I do what type would people suggest?

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #8 on: 12. September 2016, 13:28:40 PM »
I ordered the Modified Twin Block with Telescopic appliance, along with the cervical headgear - I'm going to try and get the high pull headgear too to wear both straps but only when I'm out of town!! I'm hoping I won't be able to speak properly with them in and wear them in public. I've been told it's going to be sent out this week so will have them next week!! I can not wait! I'll post pictures of anyone's interested?

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #9 on: 12. September 2016, 22:50:18 PM »
My "dream" order would be a hybrid twin blocks/fixed braces with a tongue crib and pellottes. Go big or go home, right?

But I think I'm gonna start with a set of retainers :)

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #10 on: 13. September 2016, 09:46:50 AM »
Hi Cassandra!

Your "dream" sounds interesting. For sure a very mouthfilling and lispmaking construction, as it should be ;-)
But I think, that the pelottes will keep you from touching and feeling the braces with your lips... Think about if you really want that.
The Modified Twin block with Telescopic appliance is a very nice apparatus - maybe you can also order tongue cribs with it - and don´t forget the headgear.



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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #11 on: 13. September 2016, 18:52:09 PM »
I'm going to start with the brackets on a retainer

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #12 on: 14. September 2016, 23:01:04 PM »
That's something to think about, Surfreak. Another thing that has occurred to me is whether or not I would actually be able to tolerate wearing something so obstructive. I had real braces as a kid, and I got used to those fine, but my retainer always kind of drove me crazy. Something about how the plastic wasn't really attached, so it would move around slightly. Add to that a tongue crib, a twin block to keep my teeth from closing, and all the rest - I mean, what if I could only keep it in for an hour or so? What if it hurt my jaw or my tongue or both? What if that made it incredibly impractical to wear? Then I'd have this glorious appliance in my possession but I'd be wishing I'd gotten just regular fake brackets that I could actually wear all day!

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #13 on: 15. September 2016, 10:26:06 AM »
That's the fun of it though Cassandra. To have that experience of all that comes with these complicated appliances. For me when I wear my retainers along with my headgears all of those small negatives come with it but it is still so satisfying and blissful :)

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #14 on: 02. October 2016, 01:03:55 AM »
hey cassandra thanks for sharing ... i'm finding myself with the exact same hesitation ... what can i get that is just almost too much ... without going overboard and hating it ... i still do want to enjoy it of course

i guess whatever it is might seem overwhelming when we first get it ... part of the experience is getting used to it right?

i wish i could try them all but it's a bit expensive ... makes it stressful trying to choose where to start

anyway good luck ... looking forward to what you decide and hearing how it goes