of Sue Ellen from Sydney, Australia
Ellen is 33 and lives in Sydney, Australia. She has been
wearing braces since August, 2003.
Sue Ellen says, "I
decided to get braces after years of hating a protruding
canine and other slight crookedness. I had actually intended
to have bonding or veneers instead, after seeing the fantastic
job our dentist did for two of my siblings. However, after
some discussion I decided to go with partial braces to get the
teeth straight, then think about bonding/veneers after that.
"I have braces on twelve
teeth at the top only. They are Viazis brackets, which are low
friction, fast acting braces, similar to "speed
braces". I will probably only be in them for 6 - 8 months
total. They are for cosmetic changes only; I'm not having any
bite correction or alignment.
"Since getting the
braces I haven't really had any problems. They were sore for a
week or so after they went on, and for a day after my first
wire change, but mostly they've been pretty good. I guess I'm
at an advantage since I still have un-braced teeth on my
bottom jaw, which means I can usually still bite (carefully)
and chew even when the teeth are sore.
"The pre-braces photo
was taken the day before they went on. The braces photo was
taken this week, 3 months into treatment. They're not great
photos so it's hard to see the change, but there has been
amazing change in the protruding tooth and in the one beside
it, which was partially twisted behind the canine. The front
teeth are slowly tilting forwards also."
Sue Ellen's teeth before
Sue Ellen's teeth, three
months into treatment