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Offline Hops

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The second time I was braced the whole experience was a highlight.

Offline carking

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The second time I was braced the whole experience was a highlight.

What treatment did you have the first and second time? Any appliances?

Offline Braces4ever

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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.

Offline carking

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@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?

Offline Jjames1590

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I had a bass dynamax appliance from age 12. It wasn’t too bad at all, but I never wore it anywhere near as much as I should have as I was really self conscious of my speech with it. Just felt it never improved.

Then got fixed braces for a year and a bit - was alright and nothing too stressful. Didn’t even mind elastics.

Offline villie

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Low-light....

Had my treatment rather late starting at age 20 in late 80's.
After around 18 month sitting in a 2 chairs room with another student about same age. He has a headgear on! And teh orthodontist says "Same issues .. but we won't need that in your case"...

My heart sank.

Offline Braceme

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Highlight for me was getting a power chain. My case was pretty run-of-the-mill without appliances, but it was a pleasant surprise to find my teeth so sensitive over something otherwise so routine!

Lowlight was getting them off and not being thrilled. Might that mean round 2 in my future?

Offline DemBones

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Lowlight:
I was just a young lad, 12 years old, and I knew what I was in for.  They explained it to me.  I've seen headgear before, a kid at school wore one, I was okay with the treatment plan. 

Then the day came when I actually got my headgear, and ti felt like a handcuff around my head - never had such a feeling of dread and defeat in my life.  The 1st day in headgear was definitely the worst imaginable. 

Highlight:
When I got braces for thew 3rd time in my mid 20s.  No headgear, but it was a lot of fun.