So, here I am, 48 years old, and while in the process of getting numerous things in my mouth fixed, *before* getting a bridge made for one spot on the bottom, DH asks me if maybe, before (or instead of) putting in the bridge, might I be a candidate for braces? He urges me to find out as he knows how self-conscious I have always been about my terribly crooked bottom teeth. Well, lo and behold, the answer is YES. At the last visit I had with my regular dentist, *he* said that he figured I could wear them, so he referred me to a WONDERFUL orthodontist (whom I saw last Wednesday), who also said "YES!!" to braces for me, and so I went back this past Saturday and had them put on. Just the bottom teeth, but still, now this nearly-50-year-old has a new look, LOL!! And of course, me being me, I just HAD to have the hot pink bands put on. Can't go pinkless now can I? < =D
So now I'm wondering: Has anyone else here worn braces as an adult? Got any helpful hints or tips for this (old) newbie?
At age 30, I got my braces. My daughter had just gotten a job as a tech in an orthodontial service. Family discount. Six months later her brother got his. He was done in two years. I had wisdom teeth pulled and a couple of others, so it took a bit longer for me. But at 33 I had a lovely smile. I'm soon to be 70, so worth it. I developed a love affair with yogurt, it's nutritious, delicious and doesn't require chewing. Now there are so many wonderful flavors and kinds. I still make my own on occasion.
Yes I had a major dental / cosmetic after I retired because I did not want to fork the $$ while children were in College.
My lower braces was just removed 3 weeks ago after 1-1/2 years and we are very pleased with the result. I have to use retainer and will follow orthodontist instructions because I do not want the teeth shifting .I went to the group where our children went when they were young.
I did not want colored bands, I preferred clear because I am a lot older than you.!! LOL!!
The dental work started with a 3 dental implant, my cousin who is a dentist extracted 3 teeth while I was in High School years ago so I used bridge for years. Our daughter who is a Dental Hygienist kept telling me to have the dental work but I kept telling her that I will after retiring. She wanted crowns on the smile line which is total 14 teeth.
IT is a coordination between a implant specialist, my regular dentist who did the crowns and the orthodontist.
Dental work is over and 100% satisfied!!! I am however very careful what I bite for fear of ruining the crowns!! LOL!!!
Mittsy, thank you!! =) And yes Ma'am, I do so looooove yogurt too, have loved it for years, and now they have the "Greek" yogurts that are so wonderful!! I keep a large stock of them in the fridge at all times now, along with lots of applesauce. Any other food tips? So far, I've been keeping it "safe" with yogurt, applesauce, some mashed potatoes, and cottage cheese (which, of course, means that I only eat a SMALL amount of it, then run to the bathroom to floss and brush immediately afterwards, LOL!) I'm really not able to chew stuff yet 'cause he had to build up the surface of one of my front molars, to keep the backs of my top front teeth from hitting the braces when I bite down.. BAADDD over-bite.
Belle, WOW, you JUST got yours off a few weeks ago? CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I bet it feels wonderful!!!! I haven't used the wax yet (I'll get into that in a second), but I do carry around my little 'bag of tricks' with me everywhere I go, so I can floss and brush meticulously after everything I eat, and coffee is now down to a bare minimum so I can brush directly after a cup, since I put sugar and creamer in it.
But, about the wax... use it religiously? Is that due to the pokey things that tend to scrape the inside of my lower lip? I am already noticing 2 spots inside my lower lip that feel sorta raw, and DH was telling me last night that I should start to use the wax. Does it tend to stay in place pretty well? I tend to drink a LOT of water throughout the day, constantly, so I hope I won't dislodge the wax and swallow it. LOL!! I've had a habit for years of being a 'grazer', constantly nibbling all throughout the day, and now that bad habit is gone by the wayside. Now it's strictly 3 meals, with 3 flossings/brushings after each. I've lost 5 pounds already!! < =D (trust me, that's a good thing).
Thank you guys, this is really encouraging and helpful!!
Okey dokey, I've got that little 'starter pack' of wax, so I'll put that on right after I brush after breakfast, thank you! If I need to get more, I'll get more. =)
What are pluckers, and how do you use them? I've got this tiny soft little.. what they call a "end tuft" brush (picture below) that I use along with floss for those hard-to-reach places, but I haven't used the mirror... I just pull back my lower lip to see inside there, LOL! (not to mention using my tongue to feel around the backs of my teeth). Would the mirror be more helpful, and how?
Ya know what I'm finding to be priceless are the floss threaders for flossing. I'm gonna have to buy about a case of those things, they're GREAT!! Yeah, I've used 'em for my bridge for years, but they never struck me as so impressive as they do now, simply beyond value!
For starters I use straw for all drinks except water. My daughter who has beautiful teeth does it too. No stains on my crowns. Beautiful smile!!!!
I do not like threaders floss.
Pluckers are floss with handles, Wallgreens, CVS carries them I use it several times a day . Off course the little bristles are my favorite,go the oral / dental section and browse, I think the brand is DENTON.
I broke my ankles 4 weeks ago so I have a cast. I do not go up often. I only go when i take a shower.
My girl friend is taking me out for breakfast so I will check this thread when i come back.
Heavens to Betsy, how on earth did you break BOTH of your ankles!?!? =( Aaawww, I'm so sorry!!!! But very glad that you were able to have a day with no major medications!!
Hmmm, never thought of using a straw, but then again, I don't have any major staining either.. when I got my top partial made, my dentist commented on how WHITE my teeth are and actually had the guy who makes the appliances come in to see me and look at how white my teeth are so he'd be sure to be able to match it with the partial.
Aaaah, so that's what a 'plucker' is!! I've got those, the ones made for braces. I've not used any yet because so far I've actually had the time to floss after each meal. (yeah, even at work, heehee).
I used the wax yesterday morning and MY GOODNESS it's WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!! I'd completely forgotten it was in there by the time I'd finished with dinner last night, and when I went in to floss/brush, I was standing there wondering "What IS this weird stuff... OH YEAH!!" as the wax was dislodging in little bits here and there. Other than brushing, how do you safely remove it, anyway? Anyway, I'm going to have to get a couple cases of that stuff as well, GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!! =)
I tell ya, I'm really looking forward to seeing the "after" pictures at the ortho's office when all this is done! =)
where did you get the name Betsy!!! LOL!! I fractured my ankle on left foot not both!!
I am flossing a lot and using Dentek often too..
I am glad you like the wax and do not worry if pieces goes into your GI, it is .safe.
My freaky accident was on Tuesday, July 17 when my golf buddy made a very sharp turn so I was thrown landing on a concrete sustaining fracture of the 2 bones of my left ankle and several scrapes and bruises I knew I fractured something because I had severe pain.
I was driven to the club and luckily saw my husband on the way who drove me to the ER, a hospital where I retired from few years ago as an OR nurse in the OR.
I had surgery on a Saturday AM by a ortho surgeon who specializes on ankles. The best part was a block on my left leg so i did not get any narcotic for 24 hours. Went hoe Sunday evening.
I am doing much better and in 2 weeks I will have an x-ray and if OK I will then get a walking cast then PT.
I do miss golf a lot because I had been laying for 17 years. we have a scheduled golf vacation on October so i hope I will be ready to play then.
Haahahahaahaaa, Ok, how's about "Heavens To Bellie!!"? < =) I'm happy to hear that you're healing well, and I'll keep you in my prayers that you continue to. Sure will be nice to be up walking around again!
Oh, and the reason I thought it was both, was because you said, "I broke my ankles 4 weeks ago so I have a cast." =) I'm REALLY glad it was only just one!! Yikes!! < =/
I'm glad you mention the wax being safe if accidentally eaten.. I had this situation with my peanut butter and jelly sandwich at work yesterday... had forgotten the wax was on. < =D
OMG I had braces in 1969 or 1973 or something, maybe 1969 to 1973. I am very proud of all you people who chose to take the plunge as adults! I can tell you, I never thought about staining my teeth and of course, I have stains on my teeth. They didn't have wax back then, or if they did, I didn't know about it. I had constant sores the whole time I had braces. Uck! I do not remember ever flossing while I had braces...maybe I was supposed to but I don't recall. I am VERY impressed by the care you all are taking of your teeth! Good job! I mostly have gold and porcelain crowns on my back teeth now...wish I had taken better care when I had the chance. Keep up the good work!
Thank you Carrie, quite frankly I feel like a silly goose; WHY am I subjecting myself to this at my age!? < =P
I had my first "adjustment" a few days ago... OH MY GOODNESS!! It was darn-near one of those "knee-on-the-chest-while-she-pulled-the-wire" situations, YIKES! LOL!!! But, I am happy to report that, the first thing the orthodontist said upon inspecting my mouth was "Oh, excellent oral hygiene!" < =D So far it looks like things are on schedule, all is moving like he'd hoped, and I'm still being a good girl keeping things scrubbed and flossed. Of course, I was pain-free until I got adjusted! < =/ When he put the "butterfly" (whatever that is) on the back molar, he said "You're REALLY gonna feel some pressure back here now!". Oh yay. Yeah, I can feel it alrighty!
I think, though, (speaking of staining), my teeth are actually looking whiter than before... I am embarassed to admit that I am a smoker, and I drink coffee... but I have found this wonderful whitening toothpaste that really works nicely, and between the Rotodent, and brushing 5 times a day, my teeth have never looked or felt so nice! =)
Why brush 5 times a day? Well, once upon awakening, once after each meal, (and btw, I've lost weight 'cause NO MORE SNACKING!!), and one last time at bed time. Rotodent morning and bedtime.
Haven't seen my regular dentist since I had them put on, that's scheduled for next month, can't wait to see him!! =)
you're going to be so SMILEY when you're done! If you can afford it, it is worth it! I was in pain all the time with eating before I had all these caps put on...hadn't seen a dentist in YEARS. My mom finally sent me to her dentist (couple years ago) and then I found out all my molars were cracked and had cavities in the cracks. :( I never smiled. But this guy made it so I could drink cold drinks again and even (gasp) eat ice cream, something I had totally given up. I don't brush 5 X a day, but I floss every day now, and use my dentist's recommended electric toothbrush. After a few months of seeing him every 3 mos. DH said my teeth were looking whiter and shinier! I drink coffee or tea too, a lot.
Oh man, ice cream, YAAYYY!!! How nice to be able to smile again without reservations, huh!?? < =D A BIG thank you to your Mom for sending you to her dentist!!
DH told me last night that, when these things come off, we're gonna go out to celebrate and have an apple-eating party! LOL! =D
I've got caps on some top teeth also (none on the bottoms), and just a few days before I got the braces put on (just the bottom) I got a new partial for the top as well. Talk about a lot of new stuff to get used to all at once, wow!
Ugh, caps are no fun. I think if I'd known what I was risking, I might have gone and got my teeth cleaned more often, like every 2-3 years! OTOH, I tell myself it's because the silver-amalgam fillings expanded over time. Either way, UGH. Yes, thanks Mom!!!
Do you have headgear? I had to wear head gear at night (major overbite) and man, oh, man, the sores on the corners of my mouth were so bad I hated to wear that thing.
Hmmmm, I don't find the caps so bad, but one thing I didn't like was the veneer that the schmuck "insisted" he should put on one of my teeth, to make 'em all match up. Turns out to have been the WORST idea ever!! Unbeknownst to me the tooth underneath rotted away, and I never knew it until AFTER the veneer fell off! GRRRR!!! So, that tooth had to go and now that's part of what the partial fills in. (needless to say I do NOT go to that dental practice anymore, darned money-grubbing quacks!)
No Ma'am, no head gear for me, thank God!! I've got a major overbite too (or so the orthodontist tells me), but he's just gonna have to bring all the bottom guys forward... however he's gonna do it. I have no idea how, guess I'll just have to wait and see. =) He did have to create this little build-up thing on one of my molars so that when I bite down I don't bite down with the backs of my top teeth onto the braces... the down-side to that is that NONE of my molars come together, so I am unable to grind my food, which majorly limits what I can eat. Lettuce is totally OUT. =(
Well, it sorta is a bummer... though on the upside, I do get to enjoy LOTS of mashed potatoes, and oodles of yogurt, both of which I LOVE! Oh, and applesauce too! I'm back fitting into jeans that I've not worn in quite a while, and that's a major plus too... or "minus", depending on how ya look at it. ;) heeheeheee < =D
That's great! (If you kept them...if not then I guess it's an excuse to go shopping.) Congrats. (Every time I finally get rid of something to big or too small, I gain or lose weight and wish I kept it.)
Oh yes, I've got a stash of "fat clothes" and "skinny clothes" for just in case. ;) Good thing I keep 'em 'cause I know how my weight goes up and down like a yo-yo! The way it's going, these braces are doing me more good than just for my teeth. =)
So, how are your choppers doing since you've had all this work done? =)
Ack, they're fine. I hope I don't like ice cream *too much* because I've been the same weight for a long time. I used to have fat and skinny clothes, especially when I was having kids. Now I'm pretty much stabilized.
I ate everything when I had braces as long as they are in small pieces.
One thing I learned about retainers is to remove when eating anything. I should have listened, I snacked on some chips one day and put holes on them . I am due for check up tomorrow so i will order another one. OI hope they are not expensive.
My daughter said she can make one but she lives in Alabama.
I do keep trying to eat whatever I feel like.. but I think I'm still really annoyed with this partial on top, and.. there's this "build-up" thing that the orthodontist put on one of my molars, to keep me from biting down on the braces with my over-bite, so I can't actually 'grind' food very well since my upper and lower molars don't "meet" anymore...for now, anyway. All together, eating is a real pain in the neck anymore. Which is fine, 'cause I'm now down by 13 pounds, which is having a positive effect on my blood pressure, and my jeans size. =)
I learned today that Cheese Puffs REALLY stick to dental appliances rather disgustingly. < =/
So, had another adjustment this morning, and WOW these choppers are making progress!!! So much so, in fact, that he took the coil off, yippeeee!!! No more coil, no more 'activators', now it's nothing but brackets and wires. This is nice, it will be soooo much easier to floss now and not have the floss getting stuck in between those coils and other little metal bits in there! =)
Of course it also means that that one tooth is no longer sitting BEHIND all the others, it is now in line with all the rest, and that is the biggest YIPPEEEE of all!!
I've not gotten any new pics yet, since this just happened this morning.. and quite honestly, I'm REEEALLY embarrassed by how my teeth used to look, but I've just gotta keep track of progress somehow, so... I'll share the progressive photos so far.. and please don't point and laugh! < =/
The first shot is "Before" anything. You can see how AWFUL that set-back tooth is on the bottom. UGH
Second shot, first day of braces and I'd JUST gotten home with them. Sorry about the graininess of the shot, but you can see the coil across that set-back tooth pretty well.
Third shot, taken about a week and a half ago... MAJOR progress already, you can actually SEE the tooth when I smile!! (and I swear, my smile has changed some already too... of course ya can't tell in these shots, heh heh).
I'll update the shots of the outcome of today's visit (sans coil) when I get DH to take them. < =D WHEEEEE, we're rollin' now!!!
Thank you! =) I am embarrassed to admit that, they sure would look better if I did not drink coffee and smoke.. and of course, I hear all about it from the dentist, dental hygienist, AND orthodontist all the time. **Deeep sigh**... maybe one day. But health-wise, all is well in there, and yeah, I finally now DO keep up on flossing (at least once, usually twice a day) and brushing a LOT more than I used to. Everything is healthy, but Ooooh the staining!! < =/
I hear you. I don't smoke and NOW I usually only drink coffee once a day but I used to drink a lot more, and before that I drank caffeinated tea ALL DAY.
Every time I go back to Boston, I get my teeth cleaned, and last time I said "you know this tooth still hurts even though I have a lovely porcelain cap." I thought I had a cavity between the cap and the root (is that possible?) and they said wham bam root canal. Apparently this was not the first time I had complained about this tooth and they were thinking of sending me for one all along but wanted to see if they could get away without it. So now I have one fewer of my own brown teeth.
Every time they put in a porcelain crown, they match it to my own color and I always want to say NO i DON'T WANT THAT TO BE "MY" COLOR! But I never do. Surely some day I'll have more fake than real and I'll wish they were whiter.
Oh dear.. I'm sorry to say but YES, it is possible to have decaying or a cavity underneath a cap. I'm REALLY glad they were able to find that in a timely manner and do your root canal!!! (been there, done that. Had one of mine have a BIG problem under a badly-placed cap... now it's gone and that space is a part of my partial). :(
Hmmmm, I wonder if there is any way to whiten porcelain? I mean, the crowns you've got now... When do you go back again? Would it be too much trouble to call and ask them? Maybe you could set it up for discussion for the next time you're in for a cleaning.
My upper smile line --14 teeth is capped with porcelain in which the color was matched with my lower. i had braces on the lower which I wrote earlier. My daughter who is a dental hygienist told me that porcelain can not be whitened but this was 2 years ago. Maybe there is something new now. she told me however that you can avoid discoloration by using straw when having coffee which I do not do.
i get my lower whitened when we go visit her..
You can also whiten teeth brushing with baking soda.
Dental work is very expensive so take care of those teeth.
Drnking coffee through a straw sounds like no fun. Better just to take a No-Doz. And I'm nowhere near having caps on the rest--but someday. I'll just plan on really white dentures!
I know an old man (who may or may not be a relation) who had too much money and was unspeakably vain. He got his teeth whitened 25-35 years ago as well as having his eyes "done." Now, if he doesn't rewhiten theeth (daily? regularly) they turn gray. I'd rather be normal and have brown teeth.
I have a feeling you're still right Bell, porcelain most likely still cannot be whitened. I remember now you mentioning drinking coffee through a straw but had forgotten all about it in the interim! Yikes! Now I need to pull that straw dispenser down off the top of the fridge... ok, gonna do it .. RIGHT NOW, brb... OK, now it's on the counter next to the coffee pot so I won't forget. =) THANK YOU! I've started a new 'routine' where, one of the 42 times a day that I brush I use baking soda. Hopefully that will help with the upkeep, along with the straw with the coffee.
My entire top smile-line is porcelain as well (as you can tell from the pic), but when they put them all in, I had JUST had my teeth cleaned, so the dentist matched up the caps (and tooth colour of the partial) to my clean (bottom) teeth colour.
Carrie, LOL @ no-doz... I like the taste of coffee, so I'll just use a straw from now on.. HONEST! =)
I should mention that when I was 19, I was a nurse's aide in a nursing home, and one of the ladies I aided had ALS.
She was a very nice not nearly old enough lady. She couldn't chew or move things around in her mouth, so they used to take her food and throw it all in the blender. I remember it as pulverized chicken-potatoes-carrots-and-stuffing, but it PROBABLY was chicken in one pile, carrots in one pile, potatoes in one pile and no stuffing. Anyway...she had a cup of hot black coffee (an institutional plastic mug of institutional coffee) with every meal which she drank through a straw. That's the image I'm trying to avoid remembering.
She had a hard time pronouncing words, so although SHE knew what she wanted to say, she couldn't make herself understood. She was no Stephen Hawking (same disease), but computers were not much used yet. We still took BP manually, T with mercury thermometer, R by counting. You needed a watch with a second hand.
I've got my own long-term care memories as well.. and yes, PLENTY of those with coffee cups with straws. < =/ I had this one guy, Tom... GOSH I loved that man!! He'd been an officer in the Navy, but had had a stroke, so when he moved into the Veteran's Home he was in a wheelchair and had a really hard time with speech. Mostly all he could say was "This is it, G*D* it, this is it!" Haahahahaaa, I remember the day he moved in... (I'm stubborn, by the way, made a PERFECT match for him!)... he was getting frustrated with his inability to communicate and tried to wheel himself away from me, so I stepped around in front of his chair, put my hands on the arms to stop him and got right down in his face and said, "I'm just as stubborn as you are and I WILL NOT stop until you're satisfied that I have heard you sufficiently, got it!?" LOL!!! We ended up being really good friends, and I would visit him long after I stopped working there. I just ADORED that man!! < ='D
Sometimes those memories can be really really sweet, if we let them. =')
Oh dear, she was very ill, months expected life expectancy, in 1983. I very much doubt she's still alive. Plus she WASN'T Stephen Hawking. He is brilliant, is a world-renowned physicist and has trouble doing everything he wants to do with cutting edge technology in 2013. Her family/Medicaid/occupational therapists etc. didn't even have any type of rudimentary ANYTHING to help her communicate in 1983. But that was 30 years ago! If she was 50 then, she would be 80 now! Even with excellent health, that's sort of asking a lot.
And I googled her last night and found no record. I could be remembering her name wrong, prolly am. Anyway, maybe she feels a mental hug, wherever she is.
Io only worked there for 6 mos or so--she would have no reason to remember me. Never saw any family, though.
Heavens to Betsy, it's been a while since I posted here!
The teeth are doing fine, and since I last posted I finally got the wire extended to the back molar, so I went through some really icky pain, but that's all done now. I guess it was just my mouth adjusting to yet another new thing in there... it was the inside of my cheek where the wire hits against it... got really 'upset' to have this wire there so it decided to sorta 'cut' open along the width of the wire. It's not open and bleeding anymore, nor is it sore anymore. I guess molars take longer to move enough to notice? I don't notice any difference yet, but then again it's only been about 2-3 weeks.
You started this thread in August 2012. When kids have braces, they have them for y-e-a-r-s! At least I did, and so did my kids. I am amazed that your teeth have improved this much so quickly. You are a very lucky young lady. Sorry for the lecture.
Heeheeheee, was that a lecture? < =D You're right though, things in my mouth are moving along really well, my orthodontist is really pleased with the progress. (and so am I, trust me!). Funny, I hadn't thought about it that way though, the way many people have to wear them for years... and not just kids either. I remember my Spanish teacher in High School getting braces when I was in 10th grade... she was just getting ready to get them off after I graduated. I think she was somewhere in her late 30's at that time. My expected "wear-time" is only supposed to be around 18 months, so I really am fortunate!! =)
So only 2 years for your HS teacher, or did it take you 6 years to get through HS, hehehe. That may have been a lecture... my kids are out of the house and my husband is on a trip; noone to lecture!!!!
It was 3 years for her (my HS teacher); she got them put on at the very beginning of my 10th grade, and got them taken off right after I graduated.
I can't WAIT 'til I can eat a bagel!!!!! Was talking with the orthodontist about this last time I was there, he said, "YOU'D BETTER NOT!!" Hahahaaa!! I promised I'd be good! =) I did admit to him that I'd had one (and only ONE) peanut M&M since I had the braces put on and he poked me in the arm, LOL! That's the only "bad girl" thing I've done since I've had them put on though. =) My DH doesn't have to watch me too carefully, I'm super super careful about what I eat, and I eat really really slowly too. I've learned to really love yogurt and mashed potatoes. < =D
Everyone I can think of had them for five years (including me--no wonder my teeth are brown). But then until the last few years I don't think I remember adults getting them at all--except for your teacher in High School. :)
Yes, other than Sra. Morris, I can only remember teens getting braces as I was growing up as well, and it was always for years and years too. And HEAD GEAR!! ACK!! There were very few unfortunates who had to wear their head gear during the day as well, but most of 'em (when they would talk about it) told me that they really only needed to wear their head gear at night. I can remember that, once upon a time, people used to have to get "spacers" put in first before they had the brackets and bands put on. Did you have that done? I think it was like these little teeny "rubber bands" thingies, tucked in the spaces in between the teeth. Does that sound right to you? What would be the purpose of those? Maybe it was for those who didn't get any teeth pulled first, to make room for all the movement that was about to happen?
Noticed a new sore area on the inside of my lower lip last evening... I guess that means new movement again. < =) When, during the last visit, they attached the wire to that back molar, they also changed the wire out to something a bit more heavy-duty but more flexible... I'd forgotten to mention that. So, back to being more careful about what I'm eating, size of bites, and softness of foods. < =/ (and back to ramping up the weight loss again, HA!) Had a regular Dr. visit yesterday - follow up - and lost another 4 pounds. I don't think I'll mind keeping the braces another year after all. ;)
I had HEADGEAR it was HORRIBLE I had sores in the corners of my mouth for all that time. Plus I had four teeth pulled plus I had to wear a retainer for a while before I got the braces OMG it was awful!!!!!!!! My kids used wax--I guess that's available now to cover the sharp parts but there was NOTHING but sores! It seems like even glyoxide or peroxide rinse would help prevent the sores...I had canker sores for years.
Aaaawwww!!!!!! =( (((((((HUGGG!!!!!)))))) You had a retainer BEFORE you had the braces put on!? How does that work?? Gosh that sounds extra pesky!!
Thankfully I've got wax that I can use on the sharp places.. when I can get it to stick. Doesn't seem to want to stick to wet spots.. just TRY to get the inside of your mouth dry! HA!! Have seriously considered taking the blow dryer to my teeth to dry spots to make the wax stick, LOL! < =D It seems like the more I hang my mouth open with a towel in there, the more I drool, Haahahahaaa!!! Too funny! ... oh well, one day this will all be behind me (like it is for you) and all I'll have to worry about is not losing my retainer when I eat! =)
I don't know why--I was, of course, a kid--and I don't know if the idea was maybe to avoid braces all together by wearing a retainer, but for whatever reason, first I had just a retainer, which hurt, so I didn't wear it much, and I do remember a fight with my father ("do you know how much that cost me?" uh, no and at ten, why would I care, anyway?) but anyway, I ended up with a retainer, then extraction, then braces for a long time, then a retainer again (which I probably didn't wear much).
I remember the feeling, as a kid, of being kind of mystified by how things led to other things. (Maybe it's just retrospectively...) Like I if you told me now, wear this painful retainer for 6 months or you'll have to have braces for y-e-a-r-s, I would definitely choose the painful retainer for six months. But that can't have been the choice because after that retainer I had teeth pulled and headgear and after that another retainer.
I just think it's so hreat that you can decide, as an adult, to have your teeth straightened. You have the perspective to deal with it all.
I guess it is helpful to have them put on at a "mature" (ahem!) age, mature enough to appreciate why I'm working so hard to take such good care of everything. ;)
I "learned" something interesting at work yesterday that I hadn't thought of before. Of course it's perfectly good common sense, but it just hadn't occurred to me before. Had a Dad in with his 3 boys, and one of them commented on my braces. At his young age (he must have been about 4 or 5 maybe), I was very surprised at how much he knew about braces, and how much he could articulate about them. Turns out his Dad had just had his taken off a couple days ago. Well, I asked him about his retainer, and here is where I "learned" something: When ya get your braces off, you get a new mold of your mouth made.. 'cause.. well, everything is shaped differently now. Then they make the retainer of that NEW shape, so ya gotta wait about a week or so before you can start wearing a retainer. Makes perfect sense to me, but, like I said, I just hadn't thought of it before. So, when these braces come off, I'll have about a week of bare-nekkid teeth to enjoy!! < =D MAN, I really look forward to THAT!!
Oh yeah, and you're **supposed to** take it out to eat, right? Good Lord, I know me, I can just see me losing the darned thing the first week I get it! Gonna have to tuck it into a bra strap or something so I don't accidentally roll it up into a napkin and throw it in the trash, HA!!
Yeah!!1 I had misplaced my retainer few times . In fact I could not find it for days and so I called the office and to my surprised it was $89.00 and has to go for another mold.Pain and waste !!! I called my daughter and since we were visiting in few days she promised that she will make me few which she did.
I put a hole on one of them snacking while I was in the car.Bring a baggie so it is handy when you go out and just put it in your bra. LOL!! It worked for me!!
Well, had another fun visit with the orthodontist today and got new bands put on. Next visit I'll get the "square" wires put on so the teeth will be able to torque in exciting new directions. (sounds ouchy to me). ;)
The original plan was to wear these things for 18 months, so he looked at my chart and said "No no no,... hmmm... naawww, if I take 'em off in August, which will be one year, that would be a bit too soon, but you'll get 'em off before the end of the year for sure, you're way ahead of schedule, you're really doing great!" I'm sooo excited!!! He also said he would FOR SURE put in a "fixed retainer" on along with giving me a clear one to wear and be able to take out. That sounds ok to me 'cause I know how messed up those fangs were and how long they were like that. If I can floss around braces, I can floss around that thing! =) All in all a super positive Ortho visit and I'm totally psyched! < =D
My kids both had braces for years and years but while they were on, the orthodontist team took care of their teeth. That's while I was not going to the dentist at all so I didn't really realize that they weren't going either! So they both stopped going to the dentist when they had their braces off.
Now the 22-year-old needs $4,000 of dental work and the 19-year-old needs some too. UGH. It's ALL MY FAULT! Maybe partly their bio-dad, for having even softer teeth than I did.
I have a super fine permanent wire glued on the 4 front lower tooth and i don'r know when they are going to remove it.I wear my plastic retainers just at night .
Our 2 children both had braces too when they were young. My daughter who is a hygienist has gorgeous teeth and very careful with the appearance of her teeth. She sells those sparkling white teeth to her patients so she gets them get whitening.
On the other hand our son had an accident after his braces came off, he fractured a front tooth which as capped. He can not afford to see a dentist regularly but had some free dental work done by the son of one of the dentist my daughter works for. He needed some patients before his dental boards.
Dh never had a tooth ache and he takes care of his teeth. it is a ritual and I can not be in the BR when he is taking care of his oral hygiene. It takes him forever!!!He also visits the dentist twice a year because he is diabetic as well as coumadin taker due to previous TIA.
In other words Dental work is expensive and even with insurance it still costs a fortune.
Belle, We can say EASTER here, and JESUS and CHRISTmas, it's wonderful!!! < =D PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!! **happy dance!** Happy Easter to you, and you too Carrie!!! =)
You are so right, dental work is really expensive, and even though preventative care can be costly, repairative work is waayyy more so, so take care of those choppers people!!! I have learned the hard way... oh my, have I ever!!! < =/
Anyway, that's a story for another time. Right now I need to get ready for work. Just wanted to wish everyone a HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!!!!!! Gotta work tomorrow too, and working on a school paper, so I probably won't be on here... just grabbing my chance while I've got it. ;)
I went to see my Orthodontist few days ago, one tooth is sligtly loose and i think it is my retainer. i put a hole on it and I was too cheap to pay $84 for one !! LOL!!! We are visiting our daughter who is a dental Hygienist and she made me 6 retainer art varying thicknesses so i am very lucky.
She again reminded me to throw it if I put holes on them.
"You have to take this seriously because cosmetic dental work is a lot of $$$. """.
Oh my goodness Belle! I'm so glad your daughter was able to make new ones for you, that is a lot of money. Thank you for the heads-up though, I'll be sure to be extra careful when I get mine, and if anything "untoward" should happen to it, I'll call the orthodontist QUICK. I think he has already decided that I'll have both a fixed one and a removable one. I really like the idea of the fixed one, quite frankly. And honestly, it can't be any harder to floss around that than around the braces... I hope. < =)
Got my teeth cleaned while we were back in Boston, on Monday. The one tooth--the one I had the root canal in--one still feeling a little strange, so he ground some of it away. Every time he does that, I get a little worried because I can't get it back.
A permanent retainer is a thin wire that is cemented to the BACKS of the front teeth, permanently; on the bottom teeth it's usually just cemented to the backs of the 4 front teeth; on the top I believe they usually cement it to the backs of the 6 front teeth. It is thought that, as long as they keep those front teeth in place in such a manner, the rest of the teeth will have no choice but to maintain their positions as well. Wearing a 'removable' retainer at night along with the "fixed" one may be redundant, but I personally don't care. < =D Having gone so long with the MESS that I'd had, I'll be happy to do what I gotta do to keep 'em straight and pretty! < =)
My two center top front teeth were knocked out when I was 13 or so, wearing braces. It was HORRIBLE, but the braces did save my front teeth. They are totally dead, but they;re still there. The orthodontist (who happened to be at his office putting down carpet on a Sunday) said they would probably last until I was 30. The ages 29, 30 and 31 I think I was scared the whole year, but now I hardly ever remember. But if they can wire them in from the back permanently, that would be great. It was probably one pf the worst things that ever happened to me, up til then. At 51, I can tell you, horrible bad things are not so rare, and there are wonderful things like grandchildren!! Overall, I'm very happy that I have my own front teeth.
This might sound like a silly question Carrie, but, you don't still wear a retainer, do you? Would it be out of the question to ask for a fixed retainer then? I'm thinking, why not at least ask? ... Funny, the things that can be accomplished if we first get past the "at least ask" stage. I'd been told by several dentists before that I could never be a candidate for braces ever; fast-forward to my current dentist who said "Why not ask and see? The consult is free!" That was this time last year, and here I am, nearly a year in my braces, all because of my wonderful dentist's "Why not ask?" positive attitude! < =)
I had a nasty incident when I was.. 5 or 6, I think. I'd been jumping rope out back by myself, concrete patio, (So. Cal.), tripped, fell flat on my face, and JAMMED my 4 top front teeth ALL the way back up into the gums. YOIPS! Young as I was, I will never forget that experience!
Oucheee! Yeah, you never forget that stuff, do you?
You know, I know that dentists and hygienists know the teeth are only holding on by a root canals--they can see them from the other side--I ask about them frequently. If they ever seem even the slightest bit loose, I will have them wired in so fast...I have a horror of ever being toothless.
But I may bring up the question again.
I was 69 when I got my braces. My dentist said no...but I did it anyway. My sister who is five years older than me had just gotten hers removed so why not? I will be 77 the middle of July and have never regretted the two years I wore them. I have a bottom fixed retainer now and wear a top one at night. Had my teeth whitened a couple of years ago but haven't been good about keeping them bleached. I love Dr. Pepper and tea and do drink it with a straw but I still get stains.
Good for you Elena!!!
If you had read this thread I had my dental work after I retired and I am very happy with the results.Our daughter who is a dental hygienist is also very pleased with the results and even after 1 year I wear a lower night guard..
I get a lot of compliment with my new smile but some will not spend the money!! It is a matter of priority!! Some prefers a prestigious car LOL!!!!
Hi Belle, I have to take the time to go back and read the entire thread. I found it late last night and just responded without reading all the details. Our two vehicles are both 15 years old and the majority of things I buy are at yard sales and at Good Will. Priorities are not necessarily about being prestigious. LOL Actually my sister was my motivation to do it. Hers looked so good and motivated me to jump right in and give it a try. I have not regretted it a moment. I do smile more than I once did because I am still proud of my straight teeth. I hope this thread can inspire others to take the plunge.
Hi there Elena! I also hope this thread can inspire others to take the plunge, 'cause I gotta tell ya, once upon a time, I was the WORST dental-chicken ever!! (a scary experience at age 13 gave me a literal 'deathly fear' of dentists)... but then I found my current dentist, who is the one who referred me to my orthodontist, and I'm astounded at how easy this whole treatment has been. There's nothing scary, hardly any pain, and the improvement has been WOW. If you scroll up to near the top you can see what my horrid bottom teeth used to look like and how they're looking now. ...Well, now-ish. ;)
Last month's visit I got my first "Power Chain" put on. Interesting. Did either one of you Ladies get to wear those? If not, it's a connected "chain" of those bands that get attached to the brackets, one loop at a time. A very short 'chain' that S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S all the way across that relatively broad span. Talk about pressure! I'm to understand that this is the final step in the process of closing that gap where I had the extraction done. I will get this chain changed now every 3 weeks, instead of every 4 (like the regular bands were changed).
Elena, I have had other dentists tell me "no" about braces before as well. Shame on them!! I'm so glad you went ahead and did it anyhow, and I bet you are, tenfold! < =D ... and I'd be willing to bet donuts that your dentist is glad now that you did too. ;)
Belle, how are those root canalled teeth holding up??
Actually I have never been sorry that I did the braces. We left that dentist (our former next door neighbor and fellow church member) after eons with him because he made another judgment call for me that proved wrong and I ski-ddad-dled. My two daughters and son were having the same problems with him and they and their families left too. In the long run he lost 14 of us. That was quite a loss...
Aaawwww, I'm so sorry you had that negative experience with him. I guess we all have those, in different aspects of our lives. (my own negative experience with my previous dentist ended up costing me 2 teeth that he veneered 'cause I NEVER should have let him talk me into that DARNIT!)
Funny, the day after I walked into work with my braces my boss said "Yeah, but then your teeth are all gonna loosen up..." I was like "Gosh, I hope so or else they'll never move into the position they're supposed to be in!" Hahahahaaa!! He's funny! =)
2 Power Chains later I can tell this bottom gap is closing... need to start back into taking pics again. My measuring system? The thickness of my right pinky finger, heeheee. It used to fit into the gap ALL the way down into the gum-line (before the braces were put on)... now it doesn't even go down far enough to touch the top of the power chain. Wheee!!
I had not had a lot of free time and even with this heat I am mandated to play golf. LOL!!!
Anyway NYC was disappointing. Been to NYC dozen of times and wanted to see a show but the schedule was very tight.
Went to the 911 memorial and even with pre approved admission there was long lines. I would have loved to have spent more time in China town 2 hours was not enough, love all the bake goods, produce and off course food. We had dim Sum.
I have my garden at the biginners landscaping" BELLES HAVEN GARDEN 2013"
If you have time try to look at my creation. LOL!!!
Also I had been tasked to coordinate the dedication of a memory garden and so it is at garden design forum. I just started the thread ladst night.
Oh WOW, on my way to the garden design forum now to go take a peek at what you're up to.
Last week (just a little "braces" note, heh heh), I actually broke one of the loops on my power chain! It was just a couple days before I was due to have it changed out anyway, so I only panicked a little bit. ;) I was told it was probably just a weak spot, no big deal. Dr. says I'm still making excellent progress and these railroad tracks should be off by the end of the year. YIPPEEE!! < =D
MY GOODNESS, it's been about a YEAR since my last post!!! Well, the news of the day today is... (drum roll please...) TODAY I GET THE BRACES OFF, YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!!! My first appointment. is at 9:00, for the removal, grinding/sanding/polishing, then pictures, then the impression taken for the retainer.. and somewhere in there I'll get the "fixed" retainer put on. Then I go back again at 3:00 to pick up the "removable" retainer.. and that's that!!
MAN, am I NERVOUS!!!! LOL!! I have no idea why, just scared that my teeth will feel all naked and unprotected. < =/ Anyway, new pics will be forth-coming a bit later today!!
OH! I just remembered that my iPod takes "selfies", so I'll get a couple new ones when I get home. For now.. **GULP!!** it's time to hit the shower and then hit the road.
I do remember (if nothing else), that I need to take the retainer out to eat, and I've been anally good about all the dietary restrictions for the past 2 years, so I'm sure I'll be good about that too. How long have you had your fixed retainers Belle? From what I'm gathering, they usually stay in for a few years..??
Well, the visit was a bust. It turns out that the space that was closed on the last visit has re-opened ever so slightly again and he didn't feel it was best to remove them just yet. So, I'm re-power chained and will get checked up on again in one week. The new removal appointment is set for August 6th. **Deep sigh**. Guess I'll let DH eat that Snickers I've got stashed away in the fridge. ;)
So Carrie, it was just a couple o' few years ago that you got yours off? =) I've heard and read all sorts of stories about braces-removals; from "wait another couple months" to teeth feeling slimy when they were taken off.
Here's what's weird - that last bit of gap we're trying to close was closed at the last visit (3 weeks ago), but then on Thursday it had re-opened... Now, just TWO days later, I can tell that it's fully closed again - ALREADY!! I mean, when I floss, I can, once again, hear that cute little "Thwok!" sound when it pops up and out from between the teeth. That there's SO MUCH change in so short a time makes me a bit uneasy. I think I might call him on Monday to ask if that's ok.. but he, and 2 of his assistants assured me that it's very common for teeth to be ready, then move out of readiness, then back in again.. back and forth a few times before they're finally ready "for real" for the braces to come off. ... I dunno, but I trust him that it'll be ok when he says it's ok. :)
Meanwhile I just keep telling myself "If I am patient enough to install a plant NOW for what it will look like next year, then I can be patient enough to wait one more month for this!". =)
It's wonderful that you're involved with what's happening in your mouth. When I got braces on, I didn't know I had crooked teeth. Braces, retainers, extractions, sores, headgear etc just went along with acne and my parents' divorce and made life miserable. Although I think life is pretty miserable anyway for middle school aged kids.
You made the decision yourself, you were/are motivated (to say the least) with your hygeine, and you know which teeth are supposed to be where. I don't even remember having an end date, or knowing that my braces weren't permanent. I MUST have had some idea. I'm not that dumb. But I had none of the sense of being goal-oriented that you have. Go you!
Heh heh, at my age, I hope I have some kind of sense. ;) When I got them put on, I'd lived with being a "Snaggletooth" for 48 years, so I guess I'm really looking forward to looking 'normal' finally... or some semblance there-of. =)