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I am getting real braces in a week! (for the first time!)
« on: 22. October 2022, 05:29:33 AM »
Just had to say, I am so excited. I finally have the courage to go for real metal braces and finally do it for the first time in my life.

Originally I didn't think I could have them. That my teeth were "too straight" but actually I have a narrow pallet and crossbite so could do with braces.

I have been too nervous to go ahead for years. I've finally got the balls to go ahead and I don't care what people will think anymore.

Braces on next Thursday. This is gonna be fun!

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Re: I am getting real braces in a week! (for the first time!)
« Reply #1 on: 23. October 2022, 01:24:31 AM »
If you have a narrow palate, will you get an expander too?

Enjoy your braces-please post pics.

And enjoy hawley retainers afterwards!

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« Reply #2 on: 23. October 2022, 07:49:31 AM »
I tried for an expander but multiple orthos were cagey. I believe most of them are cautious of pushing teeth out of the bone and pretty much think it won't work with adults without surgery. I want to avoid surgery. I think an expander will work in adults without surgery with the correct tongue position. It's been documented. My ortho said we would try regular braces first, and maybe an expander later. I think my arch will expand a little with my tongue posture (also pushing on the pallet with the tongue) with braces. It already has without (I have photo proof). So I think she may get convinced to try an expander with the braces later.

For now she is just pulling the teeth out that are collapsed inward because there is dental room in the arch. Even if only that would be achieved, it'd still look a lot better with a more comfortable mouth.

Also I doubt I will get hawley retainers. they're a bit oldskool. They tend to use vacuum formed trays now.

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« Reply #3 on: 24. October 2022, 11:40:30 AM »
Agreed hawleys appear to be less used in the UK nowadays, although they seem to be still used extensively elsewhere.

I was given a clear retainer at the end of my fixed brace treatment but paid extra for a hawley which I thought would be more robust-and also more like still having a brace.

My ortho was happy for me to wear either

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Re: I am getting real braces in a week! (for the first time!)
« Reply #4 on: 24. October 2022, 19:12:29 PM »
Congrats @tommorowdies ! What brackets will you be getting? Looking forward to seeing your treatment!

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« Reply #5 on: 25. October 2022, 09:04:53 AM »
I think I remember my ortho saying she uses a wire retainer on the bottom and a tray on the top. I'll see what the deal is at the end.

I am getting traditional metal brackets. They're the only ones I like to be honest. I'm happy because she showed me the exact 3M "miniature" brackets that she uses and they're a good shape imo.

She originally said she would put braces on the top first and then the bottom a month later. But I asked her if she could install both at once. I didn't want to have to wait for the bottom, I wanted them both on at once and she agreed!

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« Reply #6 on: 25. October 2022, 17:38:16 PM »
Oh nice, glad they aren't self-ligating brackets!

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« Reply #7 on: 25. October 2022, 20:12:32 PM »
Ha yes I wouldn't even want those. Traditional braces all the way! I literally can't wait. So excited!

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« Reply #8 on: 25. October 2022, 22:58:16 PM »
What colour ligs will you choose?

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« Reply #9 on: 25. October 2022, 23:02:44 PM »
I think just grey/metallic on the install, so I have something exciting to look forward to on the second appt and choose some colors, maybe red

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« Reply #10 on: 27. October 2022, 22:49:39 PM »
how did install go?

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« Reply #11 on: 28. October 2022, 06:49:09 AM »
Holy shit they're on. I can't believe I did that. That was an amazing experience.

Now they're on its so obvious how crooked my teeth are. I'm so happy with my decision. Still a little nervous about showing people in my business. I want to stay respected. But it's 2022 and many adults have braces now so, I very much doubt it'll be an issue. People probably won't care or will be mildly curious.

The ortho did a really good job. They're just perfect and I love them. I'm not looking forward to the pain tomorrow but I really love the feeling of pressure on my teeth. It's really pleasurable and satisfying. It feels like something working, doing its job. A kind of support for my mouth that I've wanted for years.

She also told me it would probably be two years. Probably longer considering im going to be traveling for some months of that which will probably cause a delay in adjustments.

I literally can't believe I have braces. I've wanted them for as long as I can remember. It feels unbelievably incredible to have them on.

If you're scared to get braces, but really want them, just fucking do it, now! Who cares what people think? You're doing this for you.

I still have fears about earning less money because people won't take me seriously with braces anymore and not take my services. But let's face it. That's just bullshit in my head. It's 2022 and no one really cares anymore.

Live your dream.

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« Reply #12 on: 28. October 2022, 06:54:15 AM »
One more thing. Don't let them extract any teeth for braces. I fucking love braces and at the same time know there is something deeply wrong with the ortho industry. They're ripping teeth out of people's mouths and pushing them back into the face with braces, constructing the airway, and making people less attractive. And don't try to tell me this is a just a conspiracy. It's not. If you "need extractions" you don't, you need expansion. Look up non-extraction orthodontics or airway orthodontics.

I'm not getting expansion right now, but have some leverage from my molars and room in the bone so my braces are gently expanding the dental arch and pulling the teeth out. I declined the last ortho who said I had to have extractions.

Your mouth is not "too small" and you don't have "too many teeth". Your jaw didn't grow fully because of habits and environment. Look up how to correct your tongue posture, keep all you teeth, and get braces to widen the arch and expansion if you can.

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« Reply #13 on: 28. October 2022, 12:25:52 PM »
Congratulations!    You should not be in any pain with modern braces, but may well feel some pressure on your teeth. Please post some pictures.

Good luck with your treatment.

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« Reply #14 on: 28. October 2022, 12:35:17 PM »
'Tongue Posture' is a concept I only ran into in the last year.  It's quite significant.  It is one of the things that meant that cave-men didn't need orthodontics as much as we do.  The pressure of the tongue back then pushed quite hard on the front of the palate and avoided a lot of crowding.  I have learned to feel the difference in my bite waking up after mouth breathing, compared to nose breathing, as the tongue has two completely different postures in these cases.  Tongue posture can also help an appliance be more active and effective.  I was told this as a youngster:  The mono-block was more effective when one was awake than when one slept.

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« Reply #15 on: 28. October 2022, 14:25:26 PM »
Quote
'Tongue Posture' is a concept I only ran into in the last year.  It's quite significant.  It is one of the things that meant that cave-men didn't need orthodontics as much as we do.  The pressure of the tongue back then pushed quite hard on the front of the palate and avoided a lot of crowding.  I have learned to feel the difference in my bite waking up after mouth breathing, compared to nose breathing, as the tongue has two completely different postures in these cases.  Tongue posture can also help an appliance be more active and effective.  I was told this as a youngster:  The mono-block was more effective when one was awake than when one slept.

That's it my friend! It is so important.

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« Reply #16 on: 28. October 2022, 14:47:42 PM »
Congratulations!    You should not be in any pain with modern braces, but may well feel some pressure on your teeth. Please post some pictures.

Good luck with your treatment.

Well, it's the next morning and my teeth and whole face are in fucking agony lol

It's enjoyable and super painful the same time.

I should be be able to post some pics soon.

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Re: I am getting real braces in a week! (for the first time!)
« Reply #17 on: 28. October 2022, 17:49:53 PM »
Congrats!

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« Reply #18 on: 29. October 2022, 23:22:19 PM »
One picture. My skin looks aweful right now lol
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Edit: oh, the host is blocked? Where can I host?

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« Reply #19 on: 30. October 2022, 10:01:40 AM »
I wonder why it was blocked?

Sorry to hear you are in pain. I never had any from my Damon brace. I'm sure the pain will resolve quickly. What painkillers are you taking?

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« Reply #20 on: 30. October 2022, 19:49:04 PM »
I've taken painkillers that greatly reduce it. Wow I don't know how you had any pain. It feels like my teeth are being crushed. Constant strong pressure.

It's oddly satisfying and painful at the same time

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« Reply #21 on: 31. October 2022, 19:29:35 PM »
Congratulations OP!!

I also got real metal braces as an adult and it has been an amazing experience for me as well. The first few weeks were the most amazing for me as I had the constant pressure and pleasure as I was staring at them in the mirror all the time.

And then each adjustment feels really nice too, reminds me of the beginning. I highly recommend everyone on this site that can afford braces to get them! It really is a surreal experience.

Here’s my thread, If you’re interested: https://www.bracesforum.net/general/braces-in-my-early-30s/

Enjoy your braces OP!!

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« Reply #22 on: 01. November 2022, 11:17:36 AM »
Has your pain eased yet?

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« Reply #23 on: 02. November 2022, 04:09:20 AM »
Congratulations OP!!

I also got real metal braces as an adult and it has been an amazing experience for me as well. The first few weeks were the most amazing for me as I had the constant pressure and pleasure as I was staring at them in the mirror all the time.

And then each adjustment feels really nice too, reminds me of the beginning. I highly recommend everyone on this site that can afford braces to get them! It really is a surreal experience.

Here’s my thread, If you’re interested: https://www.bracesforum.net/general/braces-in-my-early-30s/

Enjoy your braces OP!!

Brother, your post (along with many many other factors) was one of the things that helped me to go along ahead! I felt like you really captured how the experience would go in my head. And the reality has been no different. You are right, it's surreal and amazing.

I am extra pleased because I had SO much fear about what people would think, especially as I am a professional consultant. I literally thought my business might collapse because people would take me less seriously. Well it's only been a week and I have no idea about the long term but so far, most people are treating me BETTER. People are being nicer and friendlier since I have braces, which is amazing. Not only do I get to have my dream come true, but contrary to me thinking it would be awkward, most people seem to like it! They complement me on my self care and courage.

Braces are amazing. I can't believe I spent TWO DECADES not going ahead because of reasons in my head that are not reality! Don't be me! Do it now!

And yes the pain is a little better but these fuckers are still SO tight lol.

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« Reply #24 on: 03. November 2022, 11:58:02 AM »
I hope you manage to get a palatal expander eventually. Brackets provide a great sensation, but nothing beats your tongue touching metal on the roof of your mouth 24/7! It was my favorite part of my treatment.

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« Reply #25 on: 03. November 2022, 21:30:07 PM »
Ha yeah I would still love an expander but right now I'm just dealing with the braces! I'm exactly one week in and they are still very tight. It's pretty crazy living with this constant pressure in your mouth. Does it ever lesson? Can you always feel the pressure of braces even long after fitting or tightening?

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« Reply #26 on: 03. November 2022, 23:56:55 PM »
Brother, your post (along with many many other factors) was one of the things that helped me to go along ahead! I felt like you really captured how the experience would go in my head. And the reality has been no different. You are right, it's surreal and amazing.

I am extra pleased because I had SO much fear about what people would think, especially as I am a professional consultant. I literally thought my business might collapse because people would take me less seriously. Well it's only been a week and I have no idea about the long term but so far, most people are treating me BETTER. People are being nicer and friendlier since I have braces, which is amazing. Not only do I get to have my dream come true, but contrary to me thinking it would be awkward, most people seem to like it! They complement me on my self care and courage.

Braces are amazing. I can't believe I spent TWO DECADES not going ahead because of reasons in my head that are not reality! Don't be me! Do it now!

And yes the pain is a little better but these fuckers are still SO tight lol.

Wow!! I’m honestly SO glad that my post encouraged you to go ahead and get braces. To be honest I was so scared to do it as an adult but I never regretted my decision. Since I got braces, I’ve gone to big social events and work networking events and I’ve been a bit insecure about my braces but honestly it’s made zero impact on anything. My friends are all very supportive (a lot of them even say it’s something they might do in the future). Work colleagues haven’t made a big deal of it either.

I’m about a half a year ahead of schedule than you. It has been an amazing time for me and I’m sure it will be for you too :). I’m excited for you! The adjustments feel really amazing. When they put in a new wire it feels nice and tight and oddly pleasureable.

For me one of the best feelings was getting a power chain since it REALLY feels tight and looks amazing in my opinion. It didn’t really hurt for me. Just a nice amount of pressure. When the ortho was weaving the chain over each tooth it felt so nice and tight I couldn’t stop smiling haha. Hopefully you get to experience it!

Something I worried about in the beginning was if I would get “used” to the braces and forget about them, and not feel pleasurable anymore. But for me personally, I still “feel” the braces all the time and think about them.  So the sensation never really goes away, which is nice. One super random thing I noticed is if I eat salty foods, my mouth gets a bit dry, and then I feel the brackets more. It’s a random tip but if you ever get used to your braces and want to feel them more, eat some salty foods!

Good luck and keep us updated! This is coming from a random internet stranger but I’m so happy for you and proud that you went through with your decision. Cheers


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« Reply #27 on: 05. November 2022, 02:27:53 AM »
Wow!! I’m honestly SO glad that my post encouraged you to go ahead and get braces. To be honest I was so scared to do it as an adult but I never regretted my decision. Since I got braces, I’ve gone to big social events and work networking events and I’ve been a bit insecure about my braces but honestly it’s made zero impact on anything. My friends are all very supportive (a lot of them even say it’s something they might do in the future). Work colleagues haven’t made a big deal of it either.

I’m about a half a year ahead of schedule than you. It has been an amazing time for me and I’m sure it will be for you too :). I’m excited for you! The adjustments feel really amazing. When they put in a new wire it feels nice and tight and oddly pleasureable.

For me one of the best feelings was getting a power chain since it REALLY feels tight and looks amazing in my opinion. It didn’t really hurt for me. Just a nice amount of pressure. When the ortho was weaving the chain over each tooth it felt so nice and tight I couldn’t stop smiling haha. Hopefully you get to experience it!

Something I worried about in the beginning was if I would get “used” to the braces and forget about them, and not feel pleasurable anymore. But for me personally, I still “feel” the braces all the time and think about them.  So the sensation never really goes away, which is nice. One super random thing I noticed is if I eat salty foods, my mouth gets a bit dry, and then I feel the brackets more. It’s a random tip but if you ever get used to your braces and want to feel them more, eat some salty foods!

Good luck and keep us updated! This is coming from a random internet stranger but I’m so happy for you and proud that you went through with your decision. Cheers

It helped a lot brother!

So far most people have been treating me BETTER with braces, and often seem to be MORE interested in me and friendlier. i don't think this is in my head. My ex girlfriend reported the same when she got braces. Like people maybe thought she was more "endearing", but I didn't know if it would work out the same with men.

There is one person (who I have a connection with) who didn't seem that happy for me and I could sense was a bit jealous. She said to me before she would sort her (very crooked) teeth but doesn't want to go through the pain.

I feel like it's making me more confident over time, because I have a narrow arch shape, it's going to look better and better as it widens and my smile fills out. I've known for a while that a proper sized, forward upper jaw and wide smile is what humans find attractive (just look at almost all models), and so as mine gets closer to that I look and feel more attractive.

As well as liking braces, I'm also deeply interested in the results for health and aesthetic reasons. I've gone from "I don't really need this and it'll be so embarrassing having people wonder why i'm doing it."... to "Holy shit I've needed this for decades and it's going to make sense to everyone why I did it."

Not that is has to make sense to anyone else. But it's nice knowing I finally have the courage to give myself what I want and need with no fucks given

Oh and I really hope I get a power chain!!