Anyone have braces?

  1. After wearing them for nearly 3 years in junior high and high school, I was non-compliant with my retainer. My top teeth have stayed relatively straight, but my bottom teeth seem to be getting more crooked every year and I am a little self conscious of them. We have a fair dental plan that allows for adult orthodontics, just curious if anyone has had braces as adults. What are the reactions that people have given you, and the overall cost.
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  3. by   kittyw
    I had braces as a teenager ... but my retainers never fit. So... I have two top teeth and two bottom teeth that are just a bit crooked. I'm going to go to the dentist in a few weeks to see what I can do to straighten these four teeth. It's purely cosmetic, but I really want them straight (honestly they weren't straight when my braces were taken off... but my parents never listened to me.) I'm not sure what can be done, or how much it will cost, but I'll let you know. (I also want my teeth whitened.) Here's to a pretty smile!!
  4. by   dianah
    I got braces when I was 30. My family could never have afforded them for me, as a kid. Was very self-conscious about overbite. They were removed 3 1/2 years later!!! Four teeth were extracted to allow for moving the others around, as well as four wisdom teeth before the braces went on. I never regret having the braces, am pleased w/the results. They've stayed pretty well in line for 13 years now, only wore the retainer for about a year. My husband HATED the braces. When I had to wear the neckpiece for 12 hr a day, he insisted I wear it during the day, at work, so he wouldn't have to look at it at home!! Ah, well, I survived. I honestly thought of writing a book of all the weird comments folks came up with when they saw I wore braces. I actually had fun with the comments! You can probably have predicted this: I say if you want to get them, go for it. It WAS uncomfortable when the wires were re-shaped (people always say the braces were "tightened."); I learned how to chew gum even w/the braces, so it wouldn't get caught in 'em (am an AVID gum chewer, and ALL the instructions say to NOT, absolutely NOT, chew gum with the braces on!!), and I think the gum-chewing actually helped get over the soreness after the q six week wire re-shaping episodes. Just my opinion. I got to where I'd cut up all my food (burritos, sandwiches, apples, etc) into small pieces to eat, rather than just bite into it and face cleaning all the crevices, nooks and crannies in front afterwords. Be sure and keep things CLEAN (brush, swish, floss).
    My friend's mom got braces when she was in her 50's!! Good luck with the decision!

    -- Diana
  5. by   KRVRN
    I got braces at 22. Had an overbite and a few crooked teeth. Braces had been suggested when I was a teenager, but I didn't want them. My teeth weren't that bad anyway.

    Let me say, braces hurt like a SOB. I wonder if it's a little less painful if you get them as a child since you're still growing. I don't know. But I would definitely do it all over again. It's really neat because you'll see results within the first few months with the crooked teeth.

    The downside for me was the pain (popping 4 motrin helped until I tried to CHEW-- then everything would hurt again). You can't eat some things. You can't bite into tough things like apples (you risk popping your brackets off). You also tend to avoid biting into softer things like sandwiches because you'll end up with pieces of food very obviously stuck in your braces. And I chewed Freedent gum... doesn't stick to your dental work.

    Do it. If you're self-conscious now, you be so happy once your teeth are straight.
  6. by   kcsunshyn8
    I'm 20 and I just got "braces" back in May. I always told the dentist I wanted them as a kid b/c I had two crooked teeth and they told me that they'd eventually straighten out. Also I still had a baby tooth on top until this past January until I got it pulled, b/c the adult tooth came in behind it. Well I didnt want a huge gap in my mouth for the rest of my life so I finally went to an orthodontist and instead of traditional braces I got Invisalign(they're clear trays that are fitted especially for your mouth). So far its been great, nobody can tell I have it in and I only take it out when I'm eating. The whole process will take about a year which is pretty reasonable considering how far back my tooth is. Its been really cool to look at the trays and see the difference b/t my first tray and the current one.
    One thing that may be of concern is the price. Mine was I think about $2000 but i only needed the trays for my top teeth. I dont think insurance helped out much either b/c its considered cosmetic....which i think is B/S. Oh well Im so happy with my decision. I def. recommend it to anyone who is looking into getting braces. Soon enough I can smile like

  7. by   donmurray
    Yes, I have braces, but you would call them suspenders, which in turn is the word I use to describe those frilly things women use to hold up their stockings (Nylon)
  8. by   BadBird
    Both my kids have braces now, hopefully they will be done soon.
  9. by   Jenny P
    I had braces for 7 years as a kid, and KRVRN, it HURT like the dickens each month when they would tighten the wires! I would live on soup for almost a week-- no chewing gum at all for 7 years, and I had 16 teeth pulled before they started the braces! Both of my kids inherited my extra teeth (my dtr actually had almost 2 rows of teeth-- she had 14 teeth pulled to prior to her starting braces). I had 3 supernumerary tooth buds pulled again from the roof of my mouth when I was 21 (don't worry, they hadn't sprouted out yet).

    The funny thing is my orthodontist was just out of school when he took me on as a pt.; and my kids' orthodontist was a classmate of my orthodontist! The 2 docs ended up presenting a paper about the genetics of my and my kids' extra teeth and how they fixed us at some big orthodontist convention!!

    My Aunt had taken me to 3 other orthodontists before this guy said he'd try working on me; that's how bad my mouth was. I am still highly protective of my teeth-- I just wish my kids were.
  10. by   JJFROG
    I do not remember them hurting when I had them in junior high, I just wish I had worn my retainers as directed! What a waste!! time and money!!! I am calling to make an appointment in the morning.
  11. by   hapeewendy
    I had braces
    and also didnt listen when they talked about wearing the retainers
    the retainer really bothered me .........
    my teeth are still nice and straight , except for one but you cant really see it
    still i get the funny feeling that my teeth are shifting - i dont know if that makes any kind of sense or not but im all paranoid that I will wake up one morning and they will be all crooked again
    I learned my lesson
    Last edit by hapeewendy on Aug 21, '02