(Closed) I'm getting Metal braces! ../

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You will be just fine! I had SO MUCH work down between 15-17. I had braces for senior pictures and wore them for half my first year in college… so I get the worry about how you look; however, people are going all the time these days (at all ages) to get braces!

I had mine for 2 years or so, had several teeth removed (stupid baby teeth wouldn’t come out even though the adult teeth were there), and wore rubber bands. My advice to you would be to have lots of tylenol/advil on hand. Expect to be sore for about a first week after each tightening, so you’ll have to eat softer foods. The pain isn’t as bad as you’re probably imagining, but the meds certainly help!

Also, get some wax from them if you can, in the event that the braces dig into your lips. Sounds gross, but the wax helps it not to totally tear your mouth up. Eventually you won’t need them anymore. 🙂

Good luck, girl! You’ll be just fine. 🙂 Like everything else, it just takes a little time to get used to. 😉

Post # 4
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3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

For me braces hurt quite a bit, but my teeth also moved twice as fast as they were supposed to. The worst adjustment I had was when my orthodontist’s pliers slipped and hit the side of my teeth, they hurt for about a week after that. It was uncomfortable, but in the end worth it. I hardly have to put effort into flossing because things don’t get stuck between my teeth anymore and they’re super easy to get floss between. I’ve only had one cavity as an adult, and my dentist filled it without numbing my mouth first it was so shallow. Overall my oral hygiene is super easy to maintain, and I don’t have to have any expensive procedures (at least so far).

 

I wouldn’t worry about landing a job. Having braces as an adult says that you care about your appearnce and your health, both good qualities in an employee.

 

As far as tips go, follow your orthodontist’s instructions, and don’t bite into things like apples or corn on the cob and you should be good. I’d also keep some softer foods on hand for the day after adjustments.

 

Good luck, I hope you don’t run into any complications.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had braces 2 or 3 years from 12/13-15.  AWFUL!!!  I mean, it was worth it in the end because I have very lovely straight teeth…but it certainly sucked at the time! Especially because I had to go in every month or so.

That wax definitely helps.  I remember there would be certain spots in my mouth that would get irritated/cut and wax helped for that.

I think it was really sore when I first got them and sore for a day or so after every appointment I had.  They even did awful things like file some of my bottom teeth (space issues)…shudder.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@SimonSaysBride:  im abiut to get braces too! I have space issues, an overbite and a twisted tooth so ill need to have them tightened every 6 weeks for 2years. Im kind of scared, like yiu mine areextremely sensitiveSo o advice, only sympathy 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have braces right now.  I am a 29 year old professional woman and I have had braces for a bit over a year.  I can tell you from my personal experience as an adult with braces that it is not as bad, in any way, as you think it will be.  First of all, I have THE WORST TEETH ever.  Like, so bad that my ortho wasn’t sure if I could even have braces but braces were the lesser of other evils.  So if braces should be painful for anyone, it should be me.  Braces aren’t comfortable by any means but it isn’t torture either. 

The aesthetic part of it isn’t so bad either.  I definitely can’t wait to get them off and I don’t think I look like hot shit with them on, but I don’t look terrible either.  The time really does go by so quickly.  And professionally, it hasn’t been an issue at all.  If anything, people have commented to me that they admire me for taking the step that is obviously important to my self-esteem and to my oral health even though the short term consequences are that I don’t look my absolute best.  When I get my braces off, I will be so pleased that I spent my 2 years in braces.  I can see the results right now and I am already so pleased.

Here’s a recent picture of me in braces! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

I had braces as an adult too. I had them through college, and it was pretty painful, but SOOOOO worth it.   I had a tooth missing, right in the front next to the froth teeth but only on one side so my midline was off center.  I had to have teeth pulled, and then all the teeth infront of the pulled ones had to be moved over one by one with  elastics (which I was allergic to, but there was no alternative) and springs to push and pull at the same time… one painful tooth at a time… ouch!   Then at the end, one of my canines was in the place of the missing one and it was filed down to match the other side.  You can really only tell now if I point it out.    My bottom teeth were a bit crowded, but they had to have braces too because of all the moving the top were doing they wouldn’t fit together anymore  :/    I’m really lucky that my parents’ insurance paid for it (I was a student under 25 years) so it only cost about 2500 when all was said and done.      I don’t  have a retainer, I have a lingual wire glued to the back of my teeth.   It’s permanent, so I don’t have to worry about my teeth shifting back, but it’s a pain in the ass to floss, as I have to use the threaders like when I had braces.

Post # 11
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1619 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh, and invest in a Waterpik.  Seriously, you’ll thank me.

Post # 13
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2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

 @SimonSaysBride:  we  an be brace buddies! Im terrified though. And the best part is after surviving 2 years of orthodontics, ill still need to have mulitple dental implants. Sigh.

I need to bite the bullet and make that first appointment

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