I'm going to get braces this year!

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#346 Postby ukcruiser2 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:47 pm

Fantastic Neil,well done

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#347 Postby NeilH » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:25 pm

ukcruiser2 wrote:Fantastic Neil,well done


Thank you, I still can't believe I'm finished and still get surprised when looking in the mirror.

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#348 Postby glitterbabe » Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:15 pm

[quote="NeilH"][quote="glitterbabe"]Hi I'm new to this so sorry if I've done this message completely wrong. I just wanted to ask if your fixed retainer affected your speech and eating and how do they actually take the brackets and glue of your teeth?[/quote]

Hi, welcome to the forum and thank you for raising such a good question. It's great when people comment on our posts and for those of us who have been through the process, we are more than happy to offer explanations where we can.

No, my fixed retainers do not affect my speech or eating at all. I thought it might but there is no discernible difference to speech at all. In terms of food, I'm still a little cautious and with anything glued in place, there is probably a need to be careful about sticky or chewy foods but my ortho hasn't stated anything is off limits. The fixed retainers consist of an incredibly thin twisted wire which is simply held in place with a small blob of glue behind each tooth. It feels a little odd, not rough, not smooth, just slightly different. Not uncomfortable just something new to experience.

The process for removing metal and ceramic brackets is slightly different. The metal brackets are actually quite soft so the ortho takes a pliar type tool and grips the bracket between the bracket part that the wire fits into and the metal part glued to the tooth. As pressure is applied, the bracket distorts very slightly and the glue is sheared. There is no feeling at all. No pulling, no twisting, no anything, just a quiet pop and the bracket is off. It took around ten seconds per arch and absolutely no discomfort at all. Ceramic brackets are very hard and do not distort when pressure is applied so either tend to shatter of there is a feeling of pressure as the ortho tries to get the glue to shear. I didn't have ceramic brackets so you may get a better explanation from those who did but this is how I understand it.

There will be some glue on your teeth after the brackets are removed and this needs to be removed. The ortho uses a hand piece with a burr that does not damage the enamel and simply grinds the glue off. This is not painful but can be uncomfortable as your teeth might be a little sensitive and any high speed tool grinding away on your tooth surface sends a vibration that can be a little disconcerting. I should also mention that it does smell a little of burning and I found this a little off-putting. The whole process only took a few minutes so was quite bearable but was definately the least comfortable part of the process. The therapist who undertook this was really kind and gentle and was reassuring throughout so I can't complain. After this, she polished the teeth in the same way your dentist would.

The whole braces removal process was really quick and I knew what to expect so nothing was a surprise. The staff at my practice are absolutely wonderful and we chatted throughout which was lovely although I'm sure this slowed them down and created a waiting room full of patients!

At what stage are you at? If you haven't started, just go for it. It's a decision you won't regret.[/quote]
Hi, thankyou for replying to my questions! I feel so much better now that I know the fixed retainer won't be painful or affect me much.

I should be getting my brace of in less than 2 weeks however unfortenly the bace has moved my bottom teeth so they are tilting forwards (slightly). This has made my bottom lip stick out a little. I hate the way it looks so my dentist has filed the sides of my teeth in the hope that they move. However if they don't move she will take a couple teeth out which will then delay the date that I get my brace tooken of (it will be worth it though!).
Also fortenly I have metal brackets so like you have said it won't hurt!

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#349 Postby NeilH » Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:42 am

Just a quick update, I posted a photo of my new smile to FB earlier and have received loads of likes and lovely comments, so happy!

I was up early (04:30) this morning for a flight and quickly looked in the mirror and couldn't see my lower bonded retainer. Fearing that I had dislodged it overnight decided to have a shower and properly wake up before further investigation. It was still there of course!!

For the first few days, my tongue was constantly fiddling with the wires but now a few more days in and I'm barely aware of it being there at all.

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#350 Postby Lovelyteeth » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:27 pm

Congratulations. What an amazing smile. I am a newby here. 1.5 weeks into my own braces journey with metal self ligating upper and lower. I have just finished reading your braces journey and really enjoyed your insight and positivity. After researching my options and nearly abandoning this whole business at the 11th hour I took the plunge. I'm hoping by the end I'll be as happy as you with a lovely smile.
As each day passes I'm getting closer and closer to my dream smile.

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#351 Postby NeilH » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:58 am

Lovelyteeth wrote:Congratulations. What an amazing smile. I am a newby here. 1.5 weeks into my own braces journey with metal self ligating upper and lower. I have just finished reading your braces journey and really enjoyed your insight and positivity. After researching my options and nearly abandoning this whole business at the 11th hour I took the plunge. I'm hoping by the end I'll be as happy as you with a lovely smile.


Hi, thank you and it's very kind of you to comment. I really did find the whole experience fascinating and think I was very lucky with my practice which made the whole experience so much more enjoyable. I bet you are glad you decided to go ahead and will soon have a lovely smile to evidence the commitment required. Metal brackets are definately the way to go for lots of great reasons so smile broadly, work with your ortho and their team and soon you will be looking back on a job well done. Good luck.

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#352 Postby NeilH » Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:00 am

I've just realised this last week since having my braces removed will be the only time for a while when I will be appliance free (apart from the fixed retainers of course) for a while. I'm getting my retainers later today!

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#353 Postby nicolie825 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:09 am

Congrats Neil! Your teeth look great!!

Question, is your permanent retainer bonded to each tooth?

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#354 Postby NeilH » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:24 am

nicolie825 wrote:Congrats Neil! Your teeth look great!!

Question, is your permanent retainer bonded to each tooth?


Hi, thank you. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. Yes, the braided wire is individually bonded to each tooth with a small blob of glue. They are attached to the top and bottom six front teeth and are I barely give them a moments notice. There was no issue with speech at all and I can still insert an interdental brush under the wire so have no issues with cleaning.

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#355 Postby NeilH » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:00 pm

It's been a few days since my retainers appointment so thought I would update you on how the appointment went and what's been happening since then. The retainer appointment was really quick and I was seen by one of the lovely therapists. She fitted both retainers and made some minor adjustments to the Hawley retainers and after being given some information about retention and a couple of retainer cases and some retainer brite was on my way.

The Essix retainers are really snug and comfortable, I wouldn't describe them as tight, just well fitting. It has been difficult to speak with them in at times and I find I go from having little problem to sounding a little ridiculous at times. I guess just more practice is required but getting the courage to wear them full time has been difficult. I'm working on it and will report back once I have cracked it!

I'm going to need to go back to get the Hawley's checked as the top one is a little loose and the bottom one is very painful. To fully seat the retainer results in part of it pressing uncomfortably on the soft tissue between my teeth and tongue. Due to the pain, I'm unable to push it fully into position so it pops out within a few seconds and doesn't work as a retainer. I'm sure this can be fixed really easily so will make another appointment in the next week or so (there's no rush as the Essix are doing their job and the Hawleys are just for travelling).

Will post some photos and another update soon.

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#356 Postby nicolie825 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:48 am

NeilH wrote:
nicolie825 wrote:Congrats Neil! Your teeth look great!!

Question, is your permanent retainer bonded to each tooth?


Hi, thank you. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. Yes, the braided wire is individually bonded to each tooth with a small blob of glue. They are attached to the top and bottom six front teeth and are I barely give them a moments notice. There was no issue with speech at all and I can still insert an interdental brush under the wire so have no issues with cleaning.


Interesting! I have a permanent lower retainer but it's only bonded to my canines. I don't think mine is a braided wire though, it's just a solid piece of metal wire. No problems with speech either, but can't keep my tongue from messing with it throughout the day lol

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#357 Postby NeilH » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:30 am

nicolie825 wrote:
NeilH wrote:
nicolie825 wrote:Congrats Neil! Your teeth look great!!

Question, is your permanent retainer bonded to each tooth?


Hi, thank you. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. Yes, the braided wire is individually bonded to each tooth with a small blob of glue. They are attached to the top and bottom six front teeth and are I barely give them a moments notice. There was no issue with speech at all and I can still insert an interdental brush under the wire so have no issues with cleaning.


Interesting! I have a permanent lower retainer but it's only bonded to my canines. I don't think mine is a braided wire though, it's just a solid piece of metal wire. No problems with speech either, but can't keep my tongue from messing with it throughout the day lol


I know what you mean, for the first few days my tongue just wouldn't leave the retainer alone and was doing its best to rip it out! Now it's safely hidden behind the Essix retainer the problem appears to have gone away.

I'm sure both fixed retainers do a similar job, there must be a reason why one is prescribed over the other and would be interested to find out.

I'm finding it more difficult to speak with the Essix today, I don't know why but can't even understand myself!

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#358 Postby buffon85 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:18 pm

perfect results NeilH!! you must be very happy! when you have that good results you know it was worth it! :D :D i hope that you will always have reasons to show your perfect smile! :D
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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#359 Postby onwardsandupwards » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:54 am

Neil your teeth look fantastic! You can tell your orthodontist is a perfectionist :heart: You must be over the moon. I bet the removable retainers take some getting used to, I can imagine it's tough wearing them all the time when it impacts your speech so much, but you'll get used to it quickly I am sure :wink:

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Re: I'm going to get braces this year!

#360 Postby kppixie » Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:03 am

OMG NeilH I can't believe I missed your big reveal! Congratulations to you! I am still horribly struggling with 6MS but should be off by before the summer! I think I will insist! Your teeth look fabulous! I am going to have a look at what I have missed so far! Thanks for all you support, I guess you will now retire (at last) from this group! Karen


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