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I am going to be getting braces on the 16th of this month.  I never had them when I was younger and probably should have.  Now my teeth are crowded.  It's caused me several problems.. the biggest one is the fact that I brush, floss and rinse and still get cavities in between my teeth.  Dentist says it's due to crowding.  The other thing is just that I am self conscious of my smile.  I smile a lot, but in pictures I try not to give a toothy smile.  Which isn't me at all.  I'm just ready to straighten my teeth. 

 

I went to three orthodontists and they all wanted to pull teeth,  Two dentists said four (two top, two bottom) and this last dentist said he HAS to pull two top teeth but doesn't have to pull bottom teeth.  He was best with my concerns about changing my facial shape and profile.  He has been the best ortho I've looked at so far. 

 

I'm going to get braces... but I have read many horror stories online.  So I think what I would love to hear is from adults who got braces and were happy with the decision.  Anyone out there in this forum?  My son just got out of his first round of braces and I'm very happy with his smile.. as is he.  So please share your positive success stories to alleviate the nervousness I feel after too much researching on the internet!  redface.gif

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I have never heard any horror stories. But, I've never researched braces either.

 

I had braces as a teenager.  I need them again.  I did not have my wisdom teeth pulled and they are now causing my bottom teeth to overcrowd.  Also, I lost my retainer after using the same one for over 10 years!  My husband accidently threw it away.  

 

I don't think that crowding can cause cavities.  Since I found out my 4 year old has 2 cavities, I've been doing a lot of research and maybe its just hopeful thinking, but I believe that diet can cure the cavity problem.

 

My husband had braces as a teen and his teeth are still perfectly straight.  He still has his wisdom teeth too.  He has a little metal wire that he calls a permanent retainer placed along the backside of his bottom teeth.  Also, he told me that the ortho cut along his upper and lower gums and and not sure what he cut, but he said that when it regrows, it will regrow straight so that his teeth dont try to move back into their origional position.  I don't know what that is called.  But if I ever get braces again, I am going to make sure I get that done!

 

Good luck!  Everyone I know had braces as a teen and I've never heard of horror stories. You're going to be sore for a few days, but its worth it!

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I had braces for 18 months in my early 20's. They were a little difficult to get used to at first (felt like someone punched me in the mouth the first few days) but after that i didnt really notice them. Getting them tightened and having to wear rubber bands on occasion made me feel like i got punched again, but its only a day here and there of discomfort. I felt a little dorky but no one laughed so i guess i didnt look as cheesy as i thought. They were put on to correct a crossbite and they did a pretty decent job of doing that. If i had to do it again i probably would.
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Does anyone know what is the earliest, at what age a child should get braces?

 

Also, I would never have any teeth pulled out, until I have gotten SEVERAL(lots) of 2nd opinions, its a permanent thing, you know? I am sorry, but I have had bad experiences with Dentists, and its all a big business for them.greensad.gif Please do a lot of research, second opinions before you take anything out....

 

 

And yes, I agree that with a change in diet, no sodas, no sugary drinks, no candies, limited grains, you can prevent & reverse tooth decay. Its the PH in your saliva that helps or hurts you. The PH is determined by what you eat.

 

Thanks in advance for your help & this thread :)

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Does anyone know what is the earliest, at what age a child should get braces?

 

Also, I would never have any teeth pulled out, until I have gotten SEVERAL(lots) of 2nd opinions, its a permanent thing, you know? I am sorry, but I have had bad experiences with Dentists, and its all a big business for them.greensad.gif Please do a lot of research, second opinions before you take anything out....

 

 

And yes, I agree that with a change in diet, no sodas, no sugary drinks, no candies, limited grains, you can prevent & reverse tooth decay. Its the PH in your saliva that helps or hurts you. The PH is determined by what you eat.

 

Thanks in advance for your help & this thread :)


Thanks for the replies!  I've got braces on now.  Got them on the 16th and it's, um, interesting!  It hurts to chew and all that good stuff.  The ortho does not like pulling teeth and he spent a while in my mouth at the initial visit seeing if there was a way to avoid pulling the teeth.  He said he doesn't think the bottom teeth need pulling, but the top teeth do.  And honestly, now that the braces are in and they're pulling my teeth, I don't actually see where these teeth are going to go if I don't pull a couple.  He even looked in my mouth again while the brackets were being put on and said he just didn't see a way to do it without pulling those teeth.  I'm a little nervous, but at the same time, I want my teeth fixed, he's been able to answer my questions and he knows my concerns.   

 

While I agree that I could eat no sugar, etc to prevent cavities, I just don't see that being a reasonable goal in my life.  I like to bake, and I'm not adverse to a piece of chocolate cake.  yummy.gif

 

My son got an expander and braces at 10.  It seems the thing to do now is start orthodontia young and do it in two stages.  He will need braces again in like 8th or 9th grade.  But, you know?  I have two more kids and, while we'll do the expander, etc, if they need it I'm not going to put braces on their teeth twice.  It just seems pointless to do something when they're little and then again when they get older.  I don't know, I would have to research more into it.  Our ortho office says kids should get checked at 7 years old but that's way too young to me!  Kids need to be old enough to understand the pain and diet change, etc that braces are. FWIW, I think 7 isn't old enough to put them through the ordeal of orthodontia.  I'll have my 9 year old probably go in when she's ten just to have her evaluated.  My 8 year old sucked her thumb and is trying to quit because she wants braces and I may take her in when she's 9. 

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