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What would you choose if you have to get an orthodontic treatment IN YOUR REAL LIFE ?

fixed metal braces
76 (69.1%)
clear braces
7 (6.4%)
clear on top / metal on bottom
8 (7.3%)
lingual braces
5 (4.5%)
invisalign
5 (4.5%)
other
7 (6.4%)
do not know
2 (1.8%)

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Offline radian

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Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« on: 26. January 2018, 00:14:37 AM »
I do not know how to make a poll but I simply ask the question.

You have to get a real orthodontic treatment tomorrow in your everyday life.

Honestly, considering advantage and disadvantage of all type of braces, what would you choose ?
- metal fixed braces
- clear fixed braces
- lingual braces
- Invisalign

Please, the question is not to know what would you prefer as a fantasy but in your real life, with your wife, children, family friends, colleagues, work etc.

I ask the question because I am not sure for the answer for myself (After a very long reflection, I will start an orthodontic treatment this year).

For plenty of reason (probably most of us share), I would really like fixed metal braces but despite a good amount of self confidence, I am not sure I could assume them in my everyday life, in front of my wife, my family (I have teen nieces with metal braces) and my friends. Furthermore, my job requires to speak in front of a public and everyone would see the metal braces.

That's why I would probably choose clear braces on top and metal on bottom. Lingual braces and invisalign are too expensive.

What would you do or what did you choose if you were in a similar situation ?

EDIT : I could make a poll but still very interested in your comments !

Offline Braceface2015

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #1 on: 26. January 2018, 01:09:28 AM »
If your choice is because of how it will look, think about why you are getting braces. Is it because to want and/or like braces? People will see the braces even if they are clear/ceramic. Ceramic is more costly. I have been told that ceramic is thicker because of the materials used. You will have metal archwires which will show anyways. Even the white archwires do show because they are coated and can flake off over time.

Right from the start of my treatment, I have always gone with colored powerchains and ligatures. They last few times I have told the assistants to surprise me with what colors to put on. I have told them that I do like bright colors and that I have had every color that they have during my treatment. I haven't had white or clear, but I have had all the others. I have said that it is unfortunate that they don't have rainbow powerchains 8)

My advice is you are going to have braces, make them a part of who you are. Enjoy them for as long as you have them. If you go around trying to hide them, you will just make it more obvious that you have them. The only person it will matter to is you.

If you feel that you need to keep your look professional, go with silver, grey,white or clear ligatures and powerchains. Otherwise have fun with it, go with the colors.

Your teen family members would probably enjoy the colors on the metal brackets. Ask your wife what she thinks you should do, after all she is the one who is going to be seeing them the most. You will only see them in the mirror.


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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #2 on: 26. January 2018, 02:41:59 AM »
Despite my love of braces, when it came down to getting them I went with clear. Many of the reasons highlighted pushed me to make the decision - work (frequently speaking in front of clients etc), personal (wife would not have been into metal) etc.

For me, personally it was more about the sensations and feeling of braces. And I got that.

Offline mrmajestic723

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #3 on: 26. January 2018, 04:52:23 AM »
I wanted metal all the way. I lucked out because my ortho didn’t think clear would work for me, which gave me a good excuse

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #4 on: 26. January 2018, 05:53:20 AM »
Definitely Invisalign. I'm too old and too self conscious to have the metal or even the clear -_-

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #5 on: 26. January 2018, 09:36:07 AM »
I had clear braces when I was young. They were fare away from invisible.
So, when I will get braces next time, I will definetly take metal ones.
And I hopefully will also need some additional devices - at least a headgear.

My braces from the shop are great, but not beeing able to take them off in the morning
And not beeing able to hide them.... - oh what a dream ;-)

Offline r1r1r12000

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #6 on: 26. January 2018, 17:05:10 PM »
I can answer this one with certainty, since I am currently wearing metal fixed braces, upper and lower.

Like a few posters mentioned, I am doing this for myself. I like braces and decided to go all out with full metal. I've enjoyed choosing various colors on my ligatures.  Sometimes, depending on my mood, I've gotten bright, very visible colors. Other times, gray or white.  I've had braces for almost a year and a half in a professional job where I speak to the public all day.  I've had exactly zero negative comments about my braces, which I know people see because I am not shy about smiling with them.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #7 on: 26. January 2018, 17:53:51 PM »
Traditional metal braces, if I was doing it.  I've never really liked the look of ceramic or invisible braces.  As others have said, they're not really invisible.  To me, they've always kind of looked like the person had food or something stuck to their teeth.  With metal braces, people see them and right away they know they're braces.

As an adult, I've known other adults who have gotten braces, and there are usually some comments from others for the first day or two, then everyone just sort of forgets about them.  No one really treats braces as a big deal.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #8 on: 26. January 2018, 20:27:03 PM »
Definitely metal brackets.
In the case of metal braces, everyone can simple see, that I have braces. Ceramic braces are not so easy visible, but if I see somebody with them, I first think that there is something wrong with the teeth.

Offline Thelog

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #9 on: 27. January 2018, 00:51:14 AM »
It's tough - I'd love to get metal braces, hopefully with appliances and elastics. However, I'd be incredibly apprehensive about it and I have no interest - sometimes a dislike (maybe as I see orthodontia as an intrinsically sexy feminine thing) in braces on males.
I feel rather than the full cop out of invisalign (hate it) I'd get removable appliances, my teeth need orthodontic treatment so I'd get some interesting appliances which would be exciting for fun with my wife.
Either way, it'd be a crazy decision to make, just going to an orthodontist would be wild

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #10 on: 27. January 2018, 17:20:33 PM »
I had metal braces as a teenager and invisalign about 6 years ago.  In hindsight, I should have gone with metal braces the second time for a better outcome.  I was self conscious and worried about my professional job plus it was a good deal through my dentist so I chickened out and went invisalign.  My permanent retainer broke off on my bottom teeth and they have moved along with a diastema on top.  I should probably work up the nerve and seek out an orthodontist and try again with metal braces.
To achieve greater success, lower your expectations.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #11 on: 27. January 2018, 18:32:16 PM »
Metal all the way!!!! Better full bands would be the ultimate dream come true!

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #12 on: 27. January 2018, 19:16:16 PM »
I want to get only fixed metal braces. The idea of full bands is nice.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #13 on: 28. January 2018, 00:27:43 AM »
Fantasy pushed aside, I would choose clear brackets.  I don't think I'd want to deal with Invisalign, remembering to wear them, keeping them extra clean, possible speech impediment.  Furthermore I'm sure brackets are able to make more fine tune adjustments than Invisalign is.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #14 on: 28. January 2018, 22:26:16 PM »
Metal for sure! That's what i'm getting

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #15 on: 28. January 2018, 22:56:18 PM »
I had removables at school,although they were in 24/7as my parents made sure the teachers checked ,and my parents made sure I wore them all the time as I've posted elsewhere on this forum.ive now come to the conclusion that if I had them again I would definitely go for fixed metal top bottom with maybe expanders and tongue crib as well.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #16 on: 29. January 2018, 18:31:59 PM »
I'd do Invisalign. I don't have any bite issues, and only have some relatively minor alignment correction to make. I do a lot of public speaking and on-camera stuff in my job, so clear aligners would be better from a company-image point of view, in the sense that I wouldn't want to take any attention away from the products I'm paid to promote.

I'm not "into" braces on myself, just women, so that part wouldn't affect my decision.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #17 on: 01. February 2018, 20:51:00 PM »
I started with invisalign, then switched to clear fastbraces.  I wish I would have started with the clear fast braces, or lingual.  hindsight is always 20/20

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #18 on: 02. February 2018, 02:33:37 AM »
i am in process of getting braces -I wanted Invisalign, but the amount of correction prevented that,  so, getting clear on top and metal on bottom.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #19 on: 02. February 2018, 18:50:51 PM »
I'm going for a consultation on Monday so will find out what's advised! I went for one 7 years ago and was told that only metal braces would work, wish I hadn't chickened out! These days things have come a long way...

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #20 on: 10. February 2018, 15:38:54 PM »
I'm going for a consultation on Monday so will find out what's advised! I went for one 7 years ago and was told that only metal braces would work, wish I hadn't chickened out! These days things have come a long way...

be brave! haha I guess you only get one shot :)

I'd want something faily minimal for myself like regular braces but I  would also want to know what it's like to wear headgear or a Herbst....just not permanently!

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #21 on: 10. February 2018, 17:03:40 PM »
I wanted hg too but my bands don’t have the tubes. I would have ordered a set if so. I will order a facemask though

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #22 on: 24. April 2018, 19:15:39 PM »
I'm going for a consultation on Monday so will find out what's advised! I went for one 7 years ago and was told that only metal braces would work, wish I hadn't chickened out! These days things have come a long way...

To update, whilst I do apparently have an underbite (front teeth meet) and malocclusion the ortho said my bite was okay and wouldn't do braces. Shame as it would have been great to get the underbite fixed.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #23 on: 24. April 2018, 20:43:40 PM »
If you want to go for it, go to a different ortho. It is not as if they will report you to each other. Someone will take you business. 

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #24 on: 10. May 2018, 04:38:15 AM »
Metal for sure! Why would you want to hide 5,000 dollars worth of braces

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #25 on: 06. June 2018, 18:18:29 PM »
another interesting option is a device like those 'orthotropics' ones you see on youtube sometimes... anyone got any thoughts on those?

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #26 on: 11. June 2018, 12:09:42 PM »
If I had the chance to be braced again it would be all metal for sure!

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #27 on: 25. September 2018, 14:31:09 PM »
I’d want to wear metal for sure. I don’t know if I could ever bring myself to do it though.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #28 on: 06. November 2018, 06:55:51 AM »
I only got the choice of fixed metal braces bc of my situation, which is fine with me because they were the cheapest choice...not that any of this is cheap  :-\

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #29 on: 13. November 2018, 10:45:36 AM »
Thanks for all the answers !

I am in the final straight line. After almost a year between the decision and all I had to do, the appointment to put the braces on is scheduled on the start of december.

I am still hesitating between clear on top/metal on bottom and 100 % metal.

I think the second option is the best because I do not want the braces (the elastics arround exactly) become yellow but I am not sure to assume 100 % metal smile, mainly because of my age (36) and my job (I talk regularly in front of foreign people).

Please give me some advice to help me to make the good choice. Without talking about a thing for braces, would you really assume metal braces in your situations ?

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #30 on: 13. November 2018, 15:39:09 PM »
Hi Radian!

I had clear braces on top and metal ones on my lowers when I was in my teens.
You can see them anyway, does not matter if clear or metal. Only the clear ones tend to look dirty very fast. So I would recommend a full metal installation.
 
Good luck and lots of fun with your braces.

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #31 on: 16. November 2018, 17:45:32 PM »
Thanks for your advice.

Any other opinion ?

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #32 on: 16. November 2018, 18:29:11 PM »
Hi Radian,

just to add - from distances where you don't recognise clear braces as braces, clear braces often look like dirty or damaged teeth. If you come close enough to the braces wearer to see that's it's not damaged teeth, you see that it's clear braces. So you only have to decide - if you want to hide your braces, forget it and choose all metal. If you're goal is that you prefer the look of clear braces over the look of metal braces to be seen on you, then choose clear upper braces. My personal opinion - I would choose full metal.

Good luck for your braces journey ;-)

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Re: Your choice if you have to get braces as an adult
« Reply #33 on: 14. February 2019, 21:34:56 PM »
Old-fashioned Hawley style active hawleys if possible. Everything else is visible (even invisalign attachments with the aligners out), and lingual give you a lisp - so want something I can take out for meetings with clients and have nobody be the wiser, and then put back in.