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Putting the braces on hurt pretty good.
the first round of tightening wasn't bad at all.
this second round of tightening combined with the rubberhands is pretty rough! :)
I'm off to swallow a handful of Advil. I hope I wake in the 'morn! ;)
(I think this is my first post in Foo :))
I had to have jaw surgery a little while back, and the braces were a teeth re-aligning step that had to happen before the jaw re-aligning thing did.
So I had the unlucky "pleasure" of having braces twice in my life. Once, as a kid, for cosmetic reasons ... and once, as an adult, for structural ones.
My best advice is: those little rubber bands are GREAT for shooting at co-workers, so be sure to get an extra bag of 'em from your orthodontist. :)
Hawkgirl - did you get the braces for TMJ related reasons?
HollyHates - I'll ask the orthodontists about those bonded retainers - thanks!
I had to get these braces because my front top and bottom teeth were wearing each other out. Braces were put on to actually push out the front teeth to prevent the teeth from rubbing against the bottoms. While its a pain now (litterally:)) I hope it will pay off down the road.
So they split my lower jaw and moved it forward about 6mm ... and now the bite is all properly aligned and I have no more pain.
If you just need some minor cosmetic tweaking, the "invisible" braces (brand name Invisalign) might work for you. Most adults opt for this system if it will work for their needs. It also costs more.
As for retainers - I'm much more conscientious about wearing them as an adult than I was as a kid. Probably because the cost of the braces was so astronomical that I REFUSE to muck it up by not wearing the retainers! ;)
I probably didn't wear the braces long enough because my teeth are still a little crooked, but who cares? They don't hurt and to me they look fine. I don't understand why people go through torture to look just a little bit better. Maybe if you have extremely crooked teeth (like I did as a kid), but not for just a little cosmetic difference...