(Closed) NWR – Anyone get braces as an adult?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

100% go with invisalign.  I had regular braces when I was a kid and they are painful and look horrible.  Invisalign is clear and removable.  I think you can google them and find a place that provides them in NYC.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Braces really suck….I would probably go for the traditional ones. I could see myself snapping those Invisalign suckers and/or taking them out of my mouth too often for them to do any good. Regular braces just stay on….I had ’em for 5 years so I feel for your Fiance. HOpefully he only has to have them on for a year or two. And then he’ll have amazing teeth! I’d think the regular braces are probably the cheapest, too…but an orthodontist would probably do a free consult and talk about what the expectations are, how long it’d take, costs incurred, and which braces would work best for your specific situation. Cuz if you close a gap, you have to bring ALL the teeth to center and it’s going to take time.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sorry, I forgot to add that I  never wore my retainer and had to get braces again as an adult.  Went with invisalign and the experience was 100x better.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had braces on recently for a year and a half and just got them off a few months ago. I wasn’t a candidate for Invisalign because a couple of my teeth had to be rotated a bit and Invisalign can’t do that apparently. As much as I would have liked the Invisalign ones, ejs has a very good point, the more you take them off/out, the less they are on your teeth. Even now, I feel so guilty when I don’t wear my retainer at certain times or I forget to put it back in. I just don’t think I would have had the self-discipline to wear the Invisaligns as much as I should if I had had them. I got the ceramic braces so they weren’t as noticeable as the metal ones. I really hated the whole experience BUT it was so worth it once they came off and I saw how straight my teeth were. I had always wanted straight teeth and I’m really fortunate that I could afford braces as an adult and I have nice teeth now 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have braces right now! I’ve had the regular braces for a while now and WAS going to switch to invisalign but my ortho told me that he would have to add on an extra 2 years that i would have to leave them on.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i have a few friends who have invisalign. they’re very happy with them. i had braces for 9 years when i was a kid, the normal wire kind. i don’t wish that on anybody.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

A friend of mine just went to inquire about braces and the orthodontist told her that unless she’s already had braces before, he doesn’t recommend invisalign, because most peeps who get invisalign end up having to correct their teeth with braces anyways. It’s better to just to it the “right” way the first time. Just something to think about.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m a hygienist and for an adult I actually recommend invisalign to our patients that qualify.  With invisalign it’s usually quicker than traditional braces, but cost more.  For the gap, is it really big or slight?  Veneers would be a possiblity too….

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I did Invisalign.  It was much more expensive than traditional braces, but it was worth it to not be the 26 year old going on job interviews with food stuck in my braces.

I never had regular braces, so I can’t say if the pain was more or less, but they did hurt at times.

Basically, they make a mold of your teeth and then construct a series of clear retainers that you change every two weeks- each getting closer and closer to what position your teeth should be in at the end.

On the day I switched to a new retainer, it did hurt, but a little ibuprofen usually took care of it.

You have to leave them on for 22 hours per day- so really only take them off to eat and brush your teeth.  It actually helped me lose weight because there was no time to snack!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

i wore traditional braces when i was younger, never wore my retainer, so had to shell out the big bucks for invisalign as an adult (i qualified). i’ve heard that traditional braces are faster and can take care of more situations.

a dentist can do invisalign, actually–definitely take a look at their website. unfortunately i haven’t worked with an orthodontist.

best of luck!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had regular braces, twice! The last time I was pregant too! haha!!!! But I would go with good ol regular braces. The invisalign look great, but I can only imagine how painful they are!!! When my teeth shifted just the tiniest bit and i would put my retainer in, oh man!!! And then they don’t go on all the way because they don’t fit right. And you have to take them out to eat, which isn’t the prettiest thing if you are out, or anywhere! and they get slobbery and no matter how much you clean them, they don’t get the cleanest!!! Ok, thats my rant against invisalign! 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

This is a great post- I actually just got braces off 2 weeks ago. I had them as a kid, but didnt wear my retainer religiously like they tell you to. Now that Im 28, it was embarrassing to have a couple teeth turned and crooked. I went back to my orthodontist, he suggested a retainer for most of the work. I wore it for 3 months then he put braces on to turn the teeth. I had braces (the clear ones) for 1 month. Now, I have a permanent bar on the back of my front teeth to hold the teeth in place and I wear a retainer at night.

My fiance has invisalign. Surprisingly, the results arent as perfect because the teeth cant be turned. They even shaved some of the sides of his teeth off to force them into place. Dont get me wrong, his smile is brilliant, but mine are straighter. Its a tough decision- one only your fiance and an orthodontist can make to suit his lifestyle.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just got my braces taken OFF a few months ago.  I can weigh in on both traditional and invisalign.  (here goes (sorry for the long answer):

I had ceramic (clear) on top, and metal on bottom.  I was told that the WAY they needed to move my teeth made me NOT a candidate for Invisalign.  The ceramic cost slightly more, but made me less self-conscious.  The ceramic were more painful to take off, but I have sensitive teeth, and that was done with in a few minutes, really.  I had ceramic only on top, b/c the ceramic is apparently harder than your teeth, so if your bite is such that your top teeth would strike a bottom (ceramic) bracket, you could chip a tooth.  You don’t really see the bottom brackets, anyway, depending on your smile.

Took my braces off for the wedding, then was lucky enough not to have them back on.  My ortho had to correct just 2 teeth, slighly, and said he coudl do it with Invisalign.  Now, it worked well, but I gotta say I was suprised at how much of a pain in the butt they were—I’m a grazer, and I drink herbal tea all day.  You can’t do that with Invisalign, and you have to be really really good about wearing them for the prescribed amount of time.

Now, the piece of info I have that might be REALLY useful:  my ortho used a process called indirect bonding, and he said this is one of the MAIN reasons my treatment time was actually 9 months, instead of 18.  (I’m sure my case is unusual, but still…)  Anyway, in this process, they take a mold of your teeth, create a model, then the dr. decides EXACTLY where to put the brackets.  They arrange the brackets in a retainer-like tray, put adhesive on your teeth, put the tray in your mouth, shine a light to set the glue, and presto they’re all on.  My dr. explained that doing it this way (so you don’t have to figure out where to put the bracket, and fight your lips, and keep your teeth dry all at the same time) gives him much more precise placement of brackets, resulting in much more precise movement and treatment.  I don’t think this process is exclusive to my ortho (he does invent some stuff), but send me a message if you want his name for more info–maybe he can help you find an ortho in your area who does it.

Last tip–once you select an ortho, ask if they have Gishy Goo, for when your brackets give you ulcers.  It’s a silcon stuff in a tube, that’s WAY more effective than the traditional wax in providing relief.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Great post! I’m getting married in June and really want to get my top teeth straightened. We couldn’t afford braces when I was growing up and I got lucky that they are pretty straight, but they have moved enough in adulthood that I am very self conscious now. Has anyone tried the “six month braces” program?

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