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Offline Sparky

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #60 on: 17. March 2017, 13:23:54 PM »
About 3 or 4 years ago, I was giving training abroad, where nobody knew me: I was able to be a "retainer wearer" for most of 2 weeks! That was nice..

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #61 on: 19. March 2017, 20:55:35 PM »
About 3 or 4 years ago, I was giving training abroad, where nobody knew me: I was able to be a "retainer wearer" for most of 2 weeks! That was nice..
Does your wife know you wear them,do you wear them at home,have you still got them.What started your braces fetish,excuse all the questions, just nice to know I'm not alone.

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #62 on: 28. April 2017, 14:49:19 PM »
My wife has no idea about my braces fetish, I have to be very careful to keep my "equipment" hidden. Luckily for me, she not the nosey sort!

My current collection includes:
- 2nd hand activator, bought online (sort-of fits, after a bit of filing, so I can appreciate what one is like)

- removable "expanders" (locked expander on top, lower is more like a retainer) with HG tubes. These are now getting old, (One HG tube on lower has broken off, and one of the clasps with the tubes on the upper has its wire broken, but can still be used with HG if I'm gentle) and no longer fits that well.

- a pair of Hawley Retainers: the problem with these is that I've had 2 or 3 crowns fitted, and despite filing the plastic and bending the wires, it's no longer a great fit

- a pair of clear plastic essix retainers, bought online recently: these fit well, although I did need to remove a bit from the upper when I got a molar crown recently! I had an older pair of these, much thinner, (which are pretty much dead now) and which I could hardly feel, but the plastic on the new ones is a lot thicker (1mm) and is much more noticeable (by me). Others would probably not notice them unless looking for them, and it's kind of nice to be able to wear them "incognito"... they are sufficiently "invisible" that I have worn them in town where I live... I'd never dare wear anything that's visible locally though!

- two facebows, a interlandi, a highpull, and a neck-strap.

I sometimes wear them at home (if no one else is here!!!), or when I'm away on business. Don't wear them out in public as much as I used to though.

What started my fetish? When I was about 10, I remember a kid at school who had some sort of removable appliance: I vaguely remember seeing it, but not close up at all.... and I started wondering what it would be like to have that in your mouth. Later, at my secondary school (so 14 or 15) there were a few kids with braces (always removable, noone had fixed braces back then), and I still remember the first time I got a good look at a retainer: a kid was in the toilets, rinsing his mouth, and the retainer was sat on the sink!

I remember trying Plasticine etc with paper clips, to pretend I had a retainer! (making sure no one ever saw me, of course)

Back then, well pre-internet, I assumed that I was the only wierdo with a love of braces.... it was MANY years later that I found out that I wasn't alone!

(Along with all this, but much less intensive, I had a thing for glasses and hearing aids. I now wear glasses and hearing aids, but I've never needed braces!)

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #63 on: 26. May 2017, 08:03:07 AM »
I'm looking to get an appliance for the first time. I had braces and have a lower Hawley retainer and upper Essex retainer. I'm curious about an activator or modified twin block. Thinking of getting an upper Hawley first to see how it fits. Any advice...?

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #64 on: 27. May 2017, 02:23:20 AM »
It does depend on your interest and when and where you will wear the appliance.

Do you want to just wear at home? If so, then anything goes!
Do you want it to be a shared experience?

If you want to go out and be noticed, then the activator is good fun. As soon as you try to speak it will be noticeable and of course you would have to take it out to eat. Drinking is possible.
Twin blocks might be a similar experience althought some eating may be ok.
You might be wanting the experience of having to take an appliance out in public. If so, then go ahead with either and show them off!

On the other hand, if you want the feeling of wearing an appliance and ability to go about life almost as normal, then an upper Hawley is great, either with or without the lower one in.
You won't have to take it out and put it in in public. You can eat most soft things with it in and, in fact, most people will not think twice about it.
You will feel the plastic plate in your mouth, you will feel a bit self conscious about speaking with it until you get used to it and you will still feel that everyone notices it. However you will soon get used to it and it's a good one for longer term wear.

I have an activator (although I have never been absolutely sure of its name), and upper and lower Hawleys.
Activator is more extreme so i like it for occasional wear, at home or well away from anyone i might know. My preference is for long term wear so I prefer the Hawleys. Personally I can keep the top one in almost permanently away from home, and the bottom sometimes. For me the bottom one affects speech more so I choose my occasions more carefully. If I did happen to run into someone I know, I could still be fairly relaxed about it.
If, like me, you are into the "keep it to yourself" feeling and you like the "long term" challenge, you could get a top plate with side clasps and without a front wire and also a Hawley. Wear the Hawley whenever you like, but the plastic plate at all other times as a bit of a challenge.

Perhaps all of them....and you will never get bored!


What are your thoughts?


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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #65 on: 27. May 2017, 07:41:09 AM »
It will just be at home. I was thinking of a Hawley with head gear. But the twin block looks pretty cool.

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #66 on: 16. June 2017, 22:24:52 PM »
What's the best thing to buy from the bracesshop that will give you a noticeable lisp?

Has anyone had an activator with tongue crib and pelottes if so what is it like?

Thanks

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #67 on: 21. June 2017, 17:01:33 PM »
I placed an order on June 16 and it says the order hasn't been processed and I haven't received a reply from customer support after I messaged them. Does anyone know how long it typically takes to process an order or is anyone else having difficulties with their order?

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #68 on: 21. June 2017, 22:23:36 PM »
Hi,

I am in the exact same situation I sent them an email today and they said there was a delay with the impressions as they run out.
They said the material should arrive 'soon'and an email will be sent out as soon as they have been sent.

What did you order?

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #69 on: 22. June 2017, 01:10:16 AM »
Been very impressed with the service - braces were sent last Monday arrived today, they fit brilliantly and pleased with the look - thanks

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #70 on: 22. June 2017, 01:46:20 AM »
What sort did you order.Will you wear them in everyday life,like at work and at home round your family,maybe you could post pics,I'm thinking of ordering Hawley type retainers top and bottom with wires myself.Just slightly worried my wife will be their when the impression package is delivered,she's knows I like braces and retainers but maybe not that much.Had Hawley type before and loved the feel of the large plate and double wires over the front teeth.Still not seen a brace like I had,it was similar to a Hawley but had two wires fixed to each other so that when you placed them both over the teeth they tightened on together to make one wire,which then became very tight,maybe others also had something similar,interested to know if you have.

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #71 on: 22. June 2017, 02:01:14 AM »
Been very impressed with the service - braces were sent last Monday arrived today, they fit brilliantly and pleased with the look - thanks

Hi if you don't mind me asking what location are you in? I'm having problems receiving the impression kit!

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #72 on: 22. June 2017, 07:53:16 AM »
I'm in the Uk what about you

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #73 on: 22. June 2017, 08:21:44 AM »
I bought Modified Twin-Block with pelottes and Telescope Appliance but with fixed brackets and headgear tube - fits very well and difficult to speak.  Went into town wearing it last night and had a few stares - went into a shop and got a drink

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Re: Buying from braces shop
« Reply #74 on: 22. June 2017, 13:19:50 PM »
I'm in the Uk what about you

Same as me. Can't wait to get them just want the impressions done!