Braces at 41

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Braces at 41

#1 Postby Plumwild » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:56 pm

Happy to have found this forum! I'm 41 and in braces for the first time. As a teen I was told I needed braces for four years, or jaw surgery as an adult. I refused to start treatment (wish my parents would've pushed me into it!) and as I've aged, I've been having issues with TMJ. Tried to treat that with appliances but due to my bite (deep, overbite, midlines are off) had to discontinue treatment after five days. Decided it was time for braces. I have ceramic on top for now, 6 weeks in. Will be getting bottom metal in about 10 weeks. I'm assuming I'll get build ups or bite turbos so that my front top teeth don't hit the bottom brackets. So far I haven't been too miserable, but my kids both tell me "just wait till you get the bottom ones!" :crazy:
I didn't expect to have my teeth take turns hurting, my bite to feel different depending on the day, and the wiggly teeth! I always thought they'd hurt a few days after an adjustment and then settle and be just fine until the next adjustment. Ha!! I'm learning! After putting both my kids through braces, it's my turn. :D I've been told treatment time is 18 months.. I'm preparing myself for longer and just want to be done by the time my daughter graduates high school (June 2019)

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Re: Braces at 41

#2 Postby LisaK » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:07 am

Hi there! Im new to the board also. I just got mine just over a week ago. Top and bottom at the same time. I feel your pain. My teeth feel wiggly also. I guess that comes with braces. I didnt think that could happen, but once you think about it, it makes Im 38 right now. My treatment is supposed to be 18months. I really thought it would be longer with all the issues that Ive had. Im hoping for the bid 40 Ill have my braces off and straight teeth. Thats my goal! Good luck!

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Re: Braces at 41

#3 Postby Twangsnap » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:56 am

Welcome to the board and the journey - great that you've lived through it vicariously with your kids, you have some idea of the twists and turns along the way (they're right about the bottom braces, sorry!). I'm 42 and nearing the end of treatment after 12 months. In theory I'll be getting debonded in May but a few last minute issues have arisen so I'm not holding my breath.

The nice thing about the first part of the treatment is all the movement, I found it very motivating! Good luck, it's quite a ride sometimes but totally worth it...

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Re: Braces at 41

#4 Postby bretthov » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:52 pm

Welcome to the board. I have just rejoined as was supposed to get them over a year ago and had to wait due to some sleep apnea issues. Im 51 and getting mine in two months. Clear on top aad metal on bottom is the plan unless i end up having to have tooth removed on top due to crowding, then its meta both top and bottom. Good for you to take the step and get this done, ive liked this board as found many other adults who have braces and can relate offer advice. Hope your treatment goes well!

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Re: Braces at 41

#5 Postby flowers4kelly » Fri May 19, 2017 5:41 pm

I am so glad I found this forum ! I am 45 and have been braced for 4 weeks, uppers and lowers. Most days I just hate them, but I know that the end result is worth the hassle for a small amount of time in the grand scheme of things . (18 - 24 months) The bite turbos are the worst , I have 6 total on my uppers to prevent hitting my bottom brackets . The ortho said, oh, it will take a little getting used to . Translation , you won't be able to chew properly until the end of treatment . :yikes: I wasn't prepared for the changes in my bite, but hey, who really is? I have not seen hardly any tooth movement which bothers me some as I've seen most people post that noticeable movement happened very quickly . I have moderate crowding all in the social uppers and lowers, so I know it won't happen overnight , but man, can I just get something in return for the pain and suffering , lol?!? Good luck to you all!

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Re: Braces at 41

#6 Postby bretthov » Mon May 22, 2017 4:33 pm

Saw them comment on the bite stops/turbos. How long has it taken to get used to them? I have major overbite and was told I'd be getting bite turbos for period of time until the overbite improves and no loner in danger of breaking off a lower bracket. how long do you have to have your bite turbos on for? does food get stuck in them at all and do you have to refrain from certain foods with them?


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