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May Braces Poll

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How does having braces affect your ability to get dates?

Poll ended at Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:58 pm

It's harder to get dates with braces.
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9%
Dating is about the same as it was before.
19
23%
It's easier to get dates with braces.
2
2%
I'm not dating right now.
53
65%
 
Total votes: 81

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May Braces Poll

Postby bbsadmin » Thu May 01, 2008 3:58 pm

How does having braces affect your social life and your relationships?
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Postby kittymeow84 » Thu May 01, 2008 7:49 pm

Not so far - I've been with my boyfriend 2.5 years and only had the braces on since this February.

It hasn't affected our relationship in any way.

Overall, when out and about - I've not had any comments or stares or anything nasty like that.
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Postby lv2grpl » Thu May 01, 2008 7:52 pm

This may sound funny, but my wife says I look better with braces.

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Postby Beckster » Thu May 01, 2008 11:20 pm

My husband thinks that I look cute in braces! :)
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Postby jenny101101 » Sat May 03, 2008 8:09 am

I'm married so I don't date :lol: . My DH loves my braces...he calls me his "little braceface" :D .
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Postby jaclyn » Sat May 03, 2008 1:39 pm

luckily, i am already dating someone pretty seriously! he has been wonderful! i just got braces this week, and cried when i had to show him! he told me i was silly, and that im still just as beautiful! :)
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Postby laurahalvey » Mon May 05, 2008 9:06 am

uckily, I haven't had to date. My husband is okay witt my braces as long as I don't poke him......(LOL)
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Postby rolo » Mon May 05, 2008 10:00 am

I'm married, so not an issue. I have to say with lingual uppers and lower ceramics it's not too noticible. I would recommend this combination to anyone who feels self concious. Having said that before I had the work done, I can't say my teeth were very nice and my husband dated me with yucky teeth so can't see braces would have put him off any more than my crocked teeth, so no, I don't think it would have been an issue.

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Postby Becca » Mon May 05, 2008 7:45 pm

I've been with my boyfriend for almost 5 years, now. He really supported me in getting braces and doesn't think anything of it. In fact, he kind of likes to check up on my progress every now and then because he had to wear braces for a long time when he was younger. :D But even singles that I've talked to have had no problem getting dates! If someone is THAT concerned about your appearance than you shouldn't worry about them anyway..Besides, maybe you'll run into them again one day and you can flash your GORGEOUS STRAIGHT smile at them!! LOL! :wink:
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Postby laurahalvey » Wed May 07, 2008 9:42 am

I'm married, so dating isn't an issue. Hubby is less than supportive of my metallic smile, but that's okay...
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Postby Lisa65 » Wed May 07, 2008 9:57 am

Been with my husband for 10 years, so dating isn't an issue. He doesn't mind my metal mouth. My workmates and friends seem to think I'm nuts for doing it, but they're used to it now.

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Postby purpleteeth » Wed May 07, 2008 2:00 pm

I am not dating right now, but it does impact me socially. I feel self-consicous with them... especially when I am around people and food. I don't like to eat in front of others because things get stuck and I always have to sneak away to brush.

I also don't really care for how young it makes me look.
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Postby aussie » Wed May 07, 2008 11:19 pm

obviously if you are married/in a long term relationship your partner will say you look good, they cant exactly turn around & call you ugly... more to my point. why on earth would braces make dating easier?

its either more difficult or the same, braces arn't exactly a selling point in the dating game. having invisalign nothing has changed for me as nobody notices them. If you are married or in a long term relationship dont bother commenting... this poll hardly applies to you!!

the poll isnt "does your partner like your braces..." its "how does having braces affect your ability to get dates?"
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Postby SnowSara » Thu May 08, 2008 3:28 pm

Settle down, that's probably why the poll results are weighed so heavily on the "i'm not dating right now." Many of us are in committed relationships and are just here to share our own experiences! And regardless of what they may say to our faces, everyone is worried that their partner might find them unattractive. I for one am thankful for the encouragement I got from my bf, I might have backed out if he hadn't assured me that he wouldn't mind my having braces.
Also, being married or committed to someone doesn't mean we no longer have a social life! We still interact and meet people in social situations!
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Postby aussie » Thu May 08, 2008 6:25 pm

SnowSara wrote:Settle down, that's probably why the poll results are weighed so heavily on the "i'm not dating right now." Many of us are in committed relationships and are just here to share our own experiences! And regardless of what they may say to our faces, everyone is worried that their partner might find them unattractive. I for one am thankful for the encouragement I got from my bf, I might have backed out if he hadn't assured me that he wouldn't mind my having braces.
Also, being married or committed to someone doesn't mean we no longer have a social life! We still interact and meet people in social situations!


sorry after reading you post i realised how mine came across.
i didnt mean to come across so harsh.

i appreciate that we are all here to improve ourselves & kudos to those who are currently in treatmeant, have finished or are seriously considering it. support from family/friends is important, but in the end the decision should be yours & yours alone.
started treatment 6 May 2008.

All up 34 Upper & 20 Lower.

Loving the invisalign, a great choice for correcting my teeth.


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