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Offline Jonny 12

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #15 on: 10. March 2017, 07:00:44 AM »
Hi just had a throught,you could maybe video the whole process of getting the braces and post it on this site,this may help other husbands who would like to see there wife's in braces,they could show the video to them,it might not seem so strange to them,anyway good luck with the procedure.

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #16 on: 14. March 2017, 20:54:18 PM »
@Jonny 12 - Maybe you could get your wife into some fake braces? My wife and I have had a LOT of fun with her fakes over the last five years, and they definitely helped her turn the corner to getting real braces.

As far as a video, I definitely plan to take some video of her getting her braces put on. I may post it, but I don't know how helpful it'll really be. There are already hundreds of videos on YouTube of people getting braces.

Today I ordered a whole bunch of stuff to help my wife take care of her braces (the countdown is at eleven days):

Waterpik WP-660
Braces Survival Kit from DentaKit
Interproximal brushes
Plackers flossers for braces
Bite wafers
Comfort Covers

She already uses a nice Sonicare toothbrush, though I expect she'll go through more of the replaceable heads with braces. I already have wax, which she's occasionally used with her fakes when wearing them for a long time. Does anyone have other suggestions for things I might have missed?

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #17 on: 15. March 2017, 00:41:29 AM »
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Offline Jonny 12

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #18 on: 15. March 2017, 09:18:20 AM »
Hi MikeB,thanks for your reply yes their are lots of vids on YouTube,I have discussed getting fake braces or my preference fake retainers with my wife but unlike yours don't think it's going to happen.its a shame she has good straight teeth if there were otherwise it may be different,as for fakes I would need her to get moulds done,don't think that will happen either but I'll keep on trying with her.Did you both wear fakes together and where did you get them from,was it braceshop.good luck with the procedure.

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #19 on: 15. March 2017, 19:56:57 PM »
Jonny 12, be persistent! It took me five years to convince my wife to get real braces, but it's finally happening. Retainers especially seem like no big deal, at least to me, since they're easily removable.

I bought my wife's fakes from an American company that's no longer in business. I taught myself how to make fakes using acrylic trays, so I'll just make my wife a new set once she gets her real braces off.

Only she wears the fakes. I don't have any particular interest in fakes of my own.


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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #21 on: 23. March 2017, 20:02:17 PM »
In exactly 24 hours, my wife will be going into the exam room to get her braces put on.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #22 on: 23. March 2017, 21:18:17 PM »
Exciting stuff Mike, bet you can't wait!!

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« Reply #23 on: 24. March 2017, 04:04:08 AM »
That is an understatement!  :o

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« Reply #24 on: 24. March 2017, 16:50:05 PM »
She's in the shower now. After she prepares herself - hair, makeup, the clothes and jewelry I picked for her to wear today - we'll be off to breakfast (and mimosas for her). Then it's time to get braces!

I admit I am almost shaky with anticipation, though I slept surprisingly well. I figured I'd be like a little kid the night before Christmas. A couple of glasses of wine helped, though.

Sometime last night, she left a sweet note on my bathroom mirror:

"Today is the day, my love."

Indeed.

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #25 on: 24. March 2017, 20:47:40 PM »
Is she going well? :)
Write in English, please! :)

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #26 on: 25. March 2017, 18:56:43 PM »
The day went great! We had one minor non-braces hitch, which I'll tell you about as I describe the day. Other than that, I could not have asked for a more perfect day!

We got up and got ready. I'd already selected my wife's outfit, which was a pink polka-dotted dress, open-toed suede heels, and various diamond and mother-of-pearl jewelry I've bought her over the years. She did her hair and makeup, and off we went.

There were three crucial things to bring: my pocket video camera, a pile of cash (I paid in full), and her "braces survival kit." I'd laid them all out the night before so I wouldn't forget in my excitement.

We went to a breakfast place near ASU and the ortho office, and this is where we hit the only minor snag of the day. I'd mistakenly thought ASU was still on spring break, but students had returned last week. The restaurant was PACKED, when I thought it was going to be empty. It was a 40 minute wait to sit down, so we left and found another place. Luckily, the second place seated us in five minutes, and my wife immediately ordered a mimosa. She was nervous. I was more excited than nervous, so much so that my hands were shaking a little.

We had a leisurely breakfast. She got eggs benedict and I got hash with over easy eggs. I drank about five cups of coffee, which didn't help the shakes! She downed four mimosas and took a couple of preemptive ibuprofens. We left for the orthodontist, and that's when I started my video of the whole process.

"Where are we going?" I asked her on camera.

She smiled. "We're going to get braces, love."

This phrasing was intentional, hearkening back to the very first video we made when she got her first set of fake braces over five years ago.

We arrived at the ortho a few minutes early, but there was very little paperwork to do since she'd consulted there a few weeks ago. An ortho tech brought us to the private exam room and talked to my wife a bit, then the orthodontist arrived. He went over her records, made doubly sure that she really wanted to get braces today, and gave the tech some instructions. The tech was a little offish or dismissive at first, for some reason. She went off to get the supplies needed.

We went to the treatment coordinator where my my wife signed a couple of documents and a contract, and I laid down a few thousand dollars in crisp $100 bills. That felt GOOD.

We were escorted back to the exam room. When the tech came back, I asked her if she minded if I took pictures and video. She said she couldn't do any of that because of HIPAA law, but that as long as it was okay with my wife and I didn't record any other patients, it was okay. Excellent!

The tech, named Coral, started with cleaning and bonding my wife's teeth. She was quick and efficient, but quiet. When I started taking video, and told her it was going on YouTube and my blog, her demeanor changed completely! She brightened up and started narrating everything she was doing, and encouraged me to get really close so the camera could pick up everything little movement.

Coral finished the bonding and moved on to adhering the brackets. She positioned them quickly and very efficiently, mentioning that she'd been an ortho tech for nine years and had done this thousands of times. She didn't cure the brackets, and the orthodontist arrived to do the final positioning of the brackets. Once he was done, Coral used the UV light to cure the adhesive - and my wife had braces!

My wife picked her ligature color. We'd already discussed this and I told her I wanted her to do plain silver/gray. Coral placed and clipped my wife's archwires - a NiTi 14, so not the lightest wire, but not a strong one, either - and placed the ligatures on each silver bracket. After making sure there were not high spots or sharp edges, Coral had us watch a short video on braces care, and off we went.

I walked out that door into a beautiful Arizona spring afternoon with a beautiful wife with a mouth full of beautiful metal braces!

Check this album for some pics of the day:

http://anonym.to/?https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeinreallife/albums/72157682149222830

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #27 on: 25. March 2017, 22:08:21 PM »
Great pics,you are very fortunate MikeB having a pretty wife with a mouth full of metal.I would imagine many people on this forum are very envious ,I certainly am,is she experiencing the pain you always get the next day as the wires pull the teeth into position.

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« Reply #28 on: 25. March 2017, 22:50:21 PM »
She's feeling pressure on her teeth, but the only real pain is one lower premolar that needs to rotate pretty sharply.

She's eaten a slice of cheesecake and some scrambled eggs. She seems to be adapting pretty well. I think five years of playing with fake braces helped!

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« Reply #29 on: 26. March 2017, 11:02:46 AM »
Thank you for generously sharing you and your wife's experience Mike. Jonny 12 is right - I am very envious!