This is my Journey

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SmileUnderConstruction
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This is my Journey

#1 Postby SmileUnderConstruction » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:50 pm

This was posted also in Bracket Club but I meant to start here so sorry for the mistake. :oops: I am a nOOb here so I hope all is forgiven :)

Hello all, my name is Crystal and I just turned 32. I am a stay at home mother of 2 small children. My story about braces begins back in Aug 2007 when I had to take my son to an emergency dentist appointment. We were shopping at the mall, we had stopped to let the kids play on this huge boat with a slide, its a small play ground inside the mall, great for letting them get rid of some of their energy, when he came crying. I didnt notice right away but soon it was very apparent that his front tooth was broken at the gum level. I was very upset and sad for him. I must say he was such a tough little guy, he was 3 and he was really just pushing the tooth in and out with his tongue. I tried to take him to our reg dentist, but they said they were "too busy" I was pissed at that point. So I just decided to drop in a dentists office and hope they took our insurance and that they would squeeze him in. Well much to my surprise, it turned out to be the best dental office I or my husband had ever been to. They took him in and made him a priority. My son had to have his tooth completely removed. While I was there I went ahead and made an appointment for myself to get a cleaning and I was due for x-rays all that good stuff. After the dentist looked at my x-rays he said you really need to have your wisdom teeth out, they are impacted pretty bad. So I had to make another appointment with an oral surgeon. So the date to have my wisdom teeth out was set for Oct 30th. Bummer for me since Halloween was the next day and I really enjoy that day. But anyhow I get my wisdom teeth removed, ALL 4 at once. I was in bed for 10 days for real. I cant take very many meds so I was on MS Contin which is the pill form of Morphine. I noticed about three weeks after my surgery that my teeth no longer would go together. I would spend many hours a day just trying to force them to fit, which had horrible consequences, severe pain in the whole right side of my mouth. Time goes on and I get real tired of hearing from just about everybody "oh it will get better in time" it was not getting better. My next step was I called my insurance co. to see how much they covered on braces. When I got off the phone I was in tears, they said because I was getting them at such a late age that they covered "0". I was very upset and asked why, I was told that at this age it is all cosmetic which is total crap. I can't bite down properly and I was in bad pain. So now on from there. I call an orthodontist in my area and get a consult. I also got the amt it would cost. I did not even hesitate to tell them lets just do it. The cost would be $4300 and I needed to pay a $1400 down payment due that week. They were awesome they did all my x-rays right then and did all the molds and bite down things everything but the bonding. It was a done deal, I was to get braces Jan 7 2008. So from the time I called the ortho office to when I was bonded was only 7 weeks or so. It all went so fast. That much I am so glad for, as I read so many other posts here about all the waiting and waiting. On Jan 7 I went in and I got uppers and lowers all metal, I have heard of so many people complain that the plastic brackets break easier than the metal. I didnt want any issues that were preventable plus I really dont care if others can see my braces. I was very fortunate to not need any spacers they just put all the brackets on and then, the wire. Everything was done all in 2 appointments. My smile will be under construction for at least 24 months, maybe longer. My orthodontist is a young woman who is very nice. I can see how lucky I was in getting it done so quickly. The first day I had nearly no pain, the second was a little uncomfortable, but OMG the third was the worst. Now here I am 2 weeks with my braces and I am doing so much better. I am here to meet others that are adults with braces and to have someone my own age to talk about all of this with.

Sorry about the long post others will be much shorter.
Look forward to sharing my journey!!!!!! Very Happy

If anyone can tell me how to make a signature I would be very appreciative!! :) :)

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#2 Postby funshine » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:54 pm

Hello and welcome, smile! :D

Congrats on getting braced! This is a fantastic site to connect with others. I haven't been here long, myself, but it sure feels good to "meet" people who are all on the same journey.

Click the profile link at the top of the page to see if you have a section to put a signature. My profile didn't have that area for a while (I think there were some technical issues on the bb), but just a few days ago the signature area appeared and now works. Hope that helps.
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#3 Postby SmileUnderConstruction » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:58 pm

Thank you funshine I will check, I looked earlier and my husband looked also, he is more familiar with forums than I. I will get there and be as quick as he is. :D

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#4 Postby Spanner » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:46 am

Hi,

Great that you are starting this journey around the same time as me and quite a few other people here too I've noticed. :D

I only had 2 wisdom teeth come through and I had to have both those out. I also had 4 teeth out in my early teens to fit removable braces plus a few extractions due to disease. The result is a somewhat sunken appearance to my cheeks and lips and a deep overbite. I've never had a problem with biting down like you experienced but age has made a whole lot of difference to my bite and it's become much deeper as times gone on.

Best of luck with your journey.

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#5 Postby Miss Smiley » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:26 pm

SmileUnderConstruction - I think you have to have over 20 something posts to be able to add a signature. As that was the rule when I first signed-up. Getting braced after we aren't covered for ortho on dental insurance might feel like a big hit on the wallet but totally worth the end result!
Upper and lower 1st premolars extracted
Uppers braced 4/6/07 & Lowers braced 4/20/07
ceramic brackets and rectangular arch wires
Est. term: 30-36 months
De-banded: 3/04/09 w/ LBR and U&L Essix

SmileUnderConstruction
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#6 Postby SmileUnderConstruction » Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:12 pm

Miss Smiley, thank you for the advice on the sig... OMG is it a hit on my husbands wallet :lol: as I stay home, but he is fine with the whole thing, he wants me to be as healthy and happy as possible, I have been blessed with a wonderful husband who doubles as my beat friend. We have been together for 10 years. :D We just have to cut back in the college fund for my kiddos, they are 4 and almost 3 so we have time to make up what I am using for my smile. :D My payment for my braces is less than we put away for their college so we will be fine, but it is a lot of money to spend on just "ME". Thats the hardest part for me. Thanks for tip again for my sig I will get one A.S.A.P. :)

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#7 Postby SmileUnderConstruction » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:15 pm

just a quick post to show how excited I am to now have a sig :jump:
Thank you again Miss Smiley

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My sentence is a Minimum of 24 months
I am in for a bite issue
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#8 Postby joney » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:30 pm

Hi Smile

Sorry you had such a bad start with the wisdom teeth extraction and your bite but it sounds like things are going great for you now. It's funny how your son's fall led to you getting a brace. I similarly got a brace by accident. My husband was meant to bring my daughter for her ortho consult but couldn't make it so I went along with her instead and saw the ortho wearing a brace and got talking to her about adult treatment. Meant to be I guess and I am so glad I did it.

Hope things continue well for you.

Regards
Joney
2 Extractions 2nd November 2006
Brace On 10th November 2006
Top brace off 26 June 2008 (19 1/2 months)

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#9 Postby SmileUnderConstruction » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:41 pm

My jaw is now having nasty spasms, one was so bad that it broke off a bracket, I will get it fixed Mon, and see how that goes. I am in a bit of pain, kinda like when I got them, but not as bad, but close. I will post back on Mon.
My sentence is a Minimum of 24 months

I am in for a bite issue

I am a all metal girl :)



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#10 Postby melliemoo » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:14 pm

I'm sorry you are in such pain. I'm wondering why your jaw is spasming like that? Let us know how this turns out. I feel for you.
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#11 Postby SmileUnderConstruction » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:25 pm

TY melliemoo.. I ended up getting a early adjustment and molar build ups, and thats fine... She says that spasms happen sometimes, I think that since I have TMJ braces could just be making them where I notice the spasms, where I was used to them b4. Now my next apt is 2 weeks out from the 25th not sure of the date right off hand.

I am in some pain, but I will be ok. Its all part of it. :)
My sentence is a Minimum of 24 months

I am in for a bite issue

I am a all metal girl :)



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