I’ve been on this site for the past few months, mostly reading up on all your wonderful journeys thus far. I decided this past December that I wanted to get braces. I went mad looking through all the information on the net; AW, youtube, various different blogs, EVERY Ortho site in Toronto. You can say I got slightly obsessed.
I decided to book some consultations (I went to 5!) and find out what the deal was inside my mouth. My teeth have never really bothered me with the exception of my one “snaggle tooth,” my top right canine. Otherwise I’m good, or so I thought... turns out I’m not so good :’(
-moderate crowding on both bottom and top arches
-a 50% overbite (deepbite) leading to chipping of the teeth (nothing too bad yet)
-upper front teeth are to the left of the facial midline by 3mm
-class II maloclussion on my right side due to the crowded upper right canine
My treatment recommendation is braces for about 1-1.5years and the extraction of 1 upper right bicuspid (premolar).
With the exception of having my perfectly healthy bicuspid pulled *tear* the treatment plan sounds great to me. I really love the Ortho I decided to go with. He’s the only one that spent the entire consultation with me. He also addressed my face and profile and how treatment could potentially change things, something none of the doctors even brought up. PLUS he’s a Prof at the University of Toronto, so if he’s teaching future Orthodontists, he must know what he’s doing and he must be really good at it.
I had my consultation on March 1st and I’ve finally got my initial deposit saved up ($2000.00!) I have my records appointment this Thursday (tomorrow!) at noon and I am soo excited. I know a lot of people my age dread the thought of having braces. My friends think it’s completely unnecessary and a waste of money but this is something I want to do for myself so I’M DOING IT!!! It is a HUGE financial burden to take on, the largest amount of money I’ve ever spent but I know it will be well worth it.
By the way, I am a 23 year old University student who works part-time as a gymnastics coach. I will be getting traditional metal braces on both my bottom and top arches. I figure since I’m either at school, at home with my guy or coaching kids, the metal in my mouth won’t be too big of a deal.
I think that is all for now. I am super excited to be starting this journey and I cannot wait to be braced! I’m hoping to be a bona fide metal mouth by the end of the month.
Thank you all for sharing your stories and I hope you will share mine with me