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Patience.....

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:48 pm
by lovelyleo
I am really trying to be patient with my treatment, but all of the things that bothered me aesthically prior to braces look corrected to me, however I am nowhere near the END. I can feel that my bite is off now. Whereas before I really couldn't feel it. I just wish there was a way that I could close my eyes, click my ruby red shoes say there is no taste like corn on the cob, and wake up with straigjt teeth good bite and no braces. I really do look forward to the day when my braces come off.





P.S. Seeimg so many brace stories ending at 12/14 months does not help either. :cry:

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:48 am
by BRACEYOURSELF!
If an ortho told me I'd need braces for only 12-14months, I would switch orthos pronto. I have a couple of friends who had it on for only around a year and years down the track they had to get braces again. So be glad your braces are on for atleast 18-24months :) Miracles take time :)

PS: I can't wait too!!!!

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:47 am
by Ice runner
Like "braceyourself" said; miracles need time. :) To me, it helps thinking on people who just got braces or will get them, then I say to myself, thanks God I am already 9 months in treatment. :)

Patience.... one day. And of course I hardly wait to, to get them off.

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:02 am
by daniel7
Your not alone lovelyleo! I was just about to start a threat about this...

I've had mine on for just over 12 months... The braces didn't bother me until now. In fact, the 12 months went really fast.

It feels like I should be near the end, but I'm only half way!! Everyday I think about it now. I have to wait another 24 weeks until I go in for orthognathic surgery. And then I have to wait 6-9 months recovery then the braces can come off. I need something to distract me from thinking about them until then!

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:36 pm
by lovelyleo
I do that exact same thing! I make liitle time line events to make the treatment time go faster. I think if I can just make it to January (4 months away) I will only have 6 months of treatment left if I stay on track., although I really hope they come off before my 26th birthday (Aug. 10th). I don't mind the braces, but I fantasize a great deal about my smile after they come off. I'm just glad that I am not alone. There is something about hitting the one year mark and that countdown really begins.
daniel7 wrote:Your not alone lovelyleo! I was just about to start a threat about this...

I've had mine on for just over 12 months... The braces didn't bother me until now. In fact, the 12 months went really fast.

It feels like I should be near the end, but I'm only half way!! Everyday I think about it now. I have to wait another 24 weeks until I go in for orthognathic surgery. And then I have to wait 6-9 months recovery then the braces can come off. I need something to distract me from thinking about them until then!

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:30 pm
by anaxthema
It's funny this topic should rise up the boards. Just last night I did a Google on patience. It brought up an article detailing studies done on monkeys. They found that the primates who eat things like tree sap were much more likely to wait it out for a greater reward than take smaller immediate rewards. The ones who ate insects were reversely inclined.

What does this have to do with you being sick of braces? Hmmm not much, except that you should realize the end reward of having a winning smile is worth more than feeing like a dork in braces right now. At least, that's what I tried to take out of it. Also, tree sap and insects would be horrible in braces, but yet such a fantastic weight loss diet.

I feel where you're coming from though. I just turned 21 a few weeks ago. For my birthday I had the top brackets removed. I had a blast, and I LOVED my straight teeth and semi-freedom. When I got the tops back on I realized that nothing had really changed. It didn't change who I was, and that waiting it out won't be so bad. The only thing I noticed was that I smiled MUCH more, and people responded to that. I’m hot to trot and want them off ASAP, but I also know that I need this right now. Sure with the braces I get triple carded, and sure I feel like a geek most of the time (especially with these damn elastics), but it's worth it.

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:23 am
by staceyr2
HA HA HA HA.
Sorry I had to laugh. I too know how it feels to want them off soooooooo bad. If you guys feel like this after a little more than a year, imagine how I must feel after nearly 4 years :!:
ha ha ha ha
Well, it's probably not much different actually, since they really didn't bother me too much for about 3 years, because I knew that's how long I would have to have them, I think.
But, I am getting really REALLY ansy now. I know there is still so much work to be done AFTER they are off. (gum surgery and tooth rebuilding) At least on the plus side, I don't think those take as long to heal.
I also realize that maintenance is forever. I don't ever want to go through this again, so I need to make sure I do the maintenance like I am supposed to.
Good news, my ortho said something about permanent retainers on next visit! I will not hold my breath though, still not sure if they are teasing.
he he

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:14 am
by Lola
When I first got braces my friend decided to go too. After putting it off again and again she has finally booked a consultation... and Im nearly finished! I always hated those people who were near the end when I had so far to go, now I am one of them to her and it feels GREAT!

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:55 pm
by lovelyleo
Lola wrote:When I first got braces my friend decided to go too. After putting it off again and again she has finally booked a consultation... and Im nearly finished! I always hated those people who were near the end when I had so far to go, now I am one of them to her and it feels GREAT!

I dream of the day I can post "Debraced Today" in the subject line! :lol:

12/14 Month Remark

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:04 pm
by macgirl4ever
I think the time spent in braces is completely up to the individual. Some people have mild cases and some people are just very compliant with elastics, going to appointments, and having good oral hygiene. Granted, I've seen cases where people have gotten debanded and it seemed as though it was too soon but I'm personally hoping to shave at least three months off my 18-24 month sentence!