I'm new here. I'm 26 and i'm due to get my braces on in the next week, so I thought i'd say a quick hello before posting some photos and some info.
When I was a teenager, I was told I might have to have braces, but for some weird reason by dentist never mentioned it again. I moved around alot and travelled as soon as I'd left high school, so I didn't have the time to commit to having my teeth fixed by the time I actually realised I hated them.
I first asked my new dentist to refer me to an orthodontist about 4 years ago. He took one quick look in my mouth and did one xray, then proceeded to discourage me from getting braces. He told me that my two top front teeth would cross, and my wisdom teeth would just make my teeth crooked again as soon as they started coming through. He was the most pessimistic man I'd ever met, so naturally I didn't go back. It honestly seemed like he couldn't wait to kick me out of the door!
I left it for a few years, then started talking to my dentist a few months ago at one of my checkups, and told him how much I hated the orthodontist he'd sent me to, so he refered me to a new one. As soon as I met her, she was amazing and basically told me everything I'd been told by the other orthodontist was not true. She explained to me exactly what she would do to my teeth if I proceeded with the treatment. I was mainly concerned with my top teeth, but she advised me to have braces on top and bottom, as by pulling my top teeth further forward would make me look goofy, as the bottom teeth would be so far behind them. She also told me that as soon as my treatment was done, she would put something behind my 6 top and bottom teeth (she showed me a picture and it looked like a small wire glued to the back of the teeth), so I wouldn't have to worry about wearing a retainer a few nights a week, for the rest of my life.
My bottom teeth are slightly crooked, but nothing too noticable. My top teeth I cant stand as they actually rest on the gumline of my bottom teeth. They are slightly pushed back behind my lateral incisors, although it's more noticable on one side.
My orthodontist told me she's going to start me off on a fixed brace on the bottom, and a removable one on the top for 6 months, before getting a fixed one on the top. If I remember correctly, she's trying to move the bottom teeth further forward before starting my top ones with a fixed brace. Shes hoping that as my bottom teeth move forward, it will help push my top ones slightly too.
I had a few more consultations, where I had profile shots, x-rays and photos of my teeth taken. Then I was told I had to have two of my top teeth extracted, which didn't bother me so much, as I had a wisdom tooth out a few months ago with no problems. I think it's the 2nd pre-molars at the top (I had to google it as I have no clue, feel free to correct me if i'm wrong when i upload my photos)
I'm sat here now, toothless, and extremely unhappy about it as it's annoying having a huge gap, I getting all sorts of food stuck in it, I can't chew properly, and it hurts like hell! I don't think its pain from where the teeth have been taken out thats bothering me, it's more that i'm doing weird things with my jaw that I never used to. Hopefully i'll get used to having this gap for at least 6 months. Its not really noticable when I smile, so thats a good thing.
I have 2 appointments in the next few weeks, so I'm wondering if i'll be getting spacers first, then the braces. I know the first few weeks of braces will probably suck, and getting the wires tightened will as well according to most of the peoples stories i've checked out on this site. It'll be worth it in the end though! I've been given an estimate of 18 months for the total treatment time which doesn't sound too bad.
Any advice you can give me on what to expect when getting the braces put on, or any other tips would be great. I really like to know what is going to happen before I do something, as I hate being surprised. I had to mentally prepare myself just to get my wisdom tooth out, which my dentist found hilarious. I had to return a week later as I refused to get it out there and then. As soon as he saw me in the waiting room, his first words were "you don't look happy to see me" He managed to surprise me with a footlong needle though (i may be exagerating), so I guess he got the last laugh!
I'll be back to post my 'before braces' photos soon.