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Offline Braces4ever

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Braces and Appliances for 8 Years!!!
« on: 05. November 2019, 04:26:48 AM »
I started out my treatment over 6 years ago when the orthodontist placed a blue bonded expander on my upper arch. (A bonded expander means it fully covers your molars). I also had a lingual holding arch that had tiny springs to push out and make room for my erupting baby teeth in my lower jaw. Those tiny springs hurt like heck and I eventually got them removed after they broke off a bunch of times. I got four brackets on my upper front teeth and they helped a lot. After about 2 years in those appliances, they were all removed and I had an upper Hawley retainer that also broke many times before I stopped using it. (I used to put it in and out with my tongue hundreds of times before it came loose. Looking back now I miss the feeling of the expander and the small lisp it gave me.
Fast forward two years after I stopped wearing the retainer, I got full braces this time to fix my bite and minor imperfections in straightening them. After two appointments, I got the FORSUS Appliance to fix my bad overbite and crossbite. They are very unnoticeable and I am able to smile, talk, and eat without them showing. In fact nobody but my doctor, family, and orthodontist know I even have them which helps in social situations. I currently have about a year of treatment left and I am glad to have at least some appliances other than just braces but I always wished I had something more. Whatever though, feel free to comment on what you had!

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Re: Braces and Appliances for 8 Years!!!
« Reply #1 on: 05. November 2019, 16:51:03 PM »
@braces4ever Wow, your first treatment sounds pretty intense. I'm sure it was hell at the time but looking back it sounds pretty good! How's the forsus feel? Do you have pics to share?

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Re: Braces and Appliances for 8 Years!!!
« Reply #2 on: 05. November 2019, 23:44:41 PM »
Yeah it was pretty rough, not being able to talk and eat but I wish I could feel it again as I don't remember it well. The forsus is pretty weird. It moves around a bunch and I can bite down on it, I actually broke one of the the brackets when eating by accident. Did you have anything?

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Re: Braces and Appliances for 8 Years!!!
« Reply #3 on: 06. November 2019, 16:37:15 PM »
Interesting. Yes, I had a jones-jig and nance appliance before upper and lower ceramic braces