(Closed) Adult Braces!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had braces for YEARS as a teen and at the start I wasn’t keen, but they are SO worth it! They do hurt a little at first, and also when they get tightened, but other than that not much at all! Now my teeth look great, people always seem to notice them.

Plus if you wear them with confidence braces really aren’t so bad, I promise!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Dolcebabe: 

Any bee’s have or had braces either as teen’s or adults? How was your experience? Having adult braces did you find people stared? I had braces my freshman and sophomore years of school (so teen, not really adult, but since everyone in my area gets them in 4-7th grade, I was ‘old’). I was uncomfortable with them at first because I was older, but that quickly went away. People don’t notice them as much as you think they do, and they’re a dental device – most people who do notice will only notice once and think “good for you!”

Would Boyfriend or Best Friend find me unattractive? My mom was kind enough to scrape up the little bit of extra $$ to get me ceramic (tooth colored) braces rather than traditional metal. Mr.ND didn’t notice them until FIVE MONTHS later…he only ever noticed the one metal wire and thought I had retainers. They also have braces that go inside your mouth now, so they’re not even visible to others. You can always ask about those 2 different alternatives to traditional braces. They’re temporary, and they’re for your benefit, so he should be supportive 🙂

Would they make me look less professional in my job? I’ve worked with various professionals who have metal braces, and it didn’t affect my view of them at all. Just keep them clean, don’t go crazy with colored bands (I’m sure you won’t do sports colors like tweens do), and you’ll be fine.

Are they going to hurt all the time? Mine only hurt a few days after each tightening, but taking a few tylenol before and the day after was all I needed. Keeping them brushed and flossed helps too, keeps your teeth clean and movable.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had braces for 4.5 years. It was a struggle at times, but so worth it in the end. I had a lot of orthodontic obstacles so mine took longer than most people. I’m sure by now they are able to fix things a lot more efficiently! My aunt had braces in her 40’s and always talks about how glad she is that she go them, even as an adult!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had braces as an adult. The reality is that you will be two years older in two years- with or without straight teeth. Get it done! I have never regretted it.

So many adults have braces these days that no one will think anything of it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Uh. I am contemplating getting braces as well, and it totally stresses me out.

As for your wedding photos, I had a co-worker that had braces while she got married. I don’t know what it costs or anything like that but she had them removed for the month of her wedding and then put back on after. Something to look into if you can afford it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had braces put on in March of this year.  I had them for about 3 years as a teenager because I had a really bad bite.  My teeth were straight when the braces came off, but my bite was still terrible.  So now I have them again as an adult (I’m 23).

No one EVER says anything to me about my braces!  I’m betting that most people don’t even notice them, I have clear brackets on my top teeth.  AND — I had braces on my wedding day.  It wasn’t ideal and wasn’t something that I necessarily would have chosen, but that is the way it worked out and I really didn’t even think about them all day.  They are 100% not noticeable in my wedding photos since they are clear.

I’ve only had my braces on for about 9 months and my teeth are SO MUCH straighter.  I have so much more confidence.  It is seriously one of the best decisions I have ever made.

My husband doesn’t care about my braces at all.  When I first started treatment in 2010 I had to have an expander in the roof of my mouth and bone anchors (screws) in my jaw.  If that didn’t drive him away, nothing will! LOL!

They only hurt for a few days after you get them on, and maybe a day or two after each appointment.  It’s nothing that can’t be handled with an ibuprofen.

To make a VERY long story short, my braces have not affected me negatively at all in my professional or social life.  Absolutely go for it, you will not regret it!

ETA:  One reason I love my braces so much is because they are so clear.  My orthodontist uses a brand called “Damon” that doesn’t use ligatures (the little bands around each bracket that some people get in different colors), and if your ortho offers Damon Clear they are definitely worth it (it just cost me an extra $100 to get clear). This is a picture I found from Google (not my teeth):

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Miss Sorbet: wow! I know I’m not the OP, but I just have to say that is SO refreshing to hear! I’m 23 as well and need them for my bite and a bit of straightening. I’m very hesitant on getting them.

Post # 10
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293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I currently have braces for the first time as an adult (late twenties) and get them off tomorrow after 15 months! Woohoo! I used Invisalign instead of traditional braces and they were annoying, but not enough to affect my social life. I originally purchased Invisalign before we got engaged, but it’s a definite plus to have straight white teeth for our upcoming engagement and wedding photos! I say go for it and keep reminding yourself of your end result…straight teeth and a beautiful smile!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper

One of my college roommates used Invisalign, and she was 23 when she did it. Is that an option for you?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have invisalign right now.  It was pretty hard at first, but I’ve gotten more used to them now.  But I don’t think other people can see them or have noticed them at all.  If you want more info, I’m happy to answer questions.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’ve known several adults (including one in her 60’s) who made the decision to get braces as adults, and they have all had overwhelmingly positive experiences. One of them had the clear brackets and quite honestly if she hadn’t posted all over Facebook “LOOK! I have braces!!!” I probably never would have noticed!

They do hurt a bit here and there, and your teeth will feel alarmingly loose after each tightening, but when I look at the way my teeth used to be (overbite with a huge gap between my top front teeth that you could fit a cocktail straw through) and the way they are now, it was well worth a few days of mild discomfort here and there.

I also know plenty of people who have had their braces taken off for special events and put back on afterward, so talk to your ortho and see if that’s an option for you.

My best advice would be to focus on the positive from the get-go and really own this decision. If you’re the one making jokes about railroad tracks and grinning away instead of trying to shield your mouth in case anyone else cracks a joke at your expense, you’ll have a much better experience.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m getting my bottom braces on in 10 days. (I’m 28)  I’m getting the clear ones like Miss Sorbet’s pic.  I’ll get my top ones on in January, I think.

They have the braces that go inside your mouth so it’s hidden but it is really expensive.  It’s an addition $3k to have them.  I couldn’t afford it so I went with the clear ones.

I have been using Invisalign for the 3 months for my top teeth. Although, I don’t wear it for the 22 hours, I’m suppose to. It’s only temporary to correct my bite.  It is an adjustment to have them in. When I get braces, I will have to get used to the talking since I can’t remove it like I can with invisalign.

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Demarca11: Be prepared to smile like a fool and lick your teeth for the next 2 weeks 🙂 Hehe. Congrats!

@Miss Sorbet: That’s the style I had, but I had ligatures. Your style is even less visable. Braces have sure come a long way!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had simple aligners (Invisialign’s generic and cheaper cousin) last year.  And, it was a pain but it was worth it!  You can also look it as a way to curb appetite and help you lose a few lbs.  lol  I hated brushing every every meal or snack so I ended up eating less.  I didn’t lose a lot of weight but I was able to control my snacking.  //  My bf has braces as an adult.  So, does his female friend…and one of my guy friends… It seems like quite a few of us have them because after the wisdom extraction most of our teeth shifted. 

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