What would you do differently?

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BracketRacket
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What would you do differently?

#1 Post by BracketRacket »

Hi all.

I'm a 24-year-old "pre-newbie," just begining this journey with my first consult in two days.

I'm sure I'll post all my teeth-rific details soon, but since I'm just starting out, I was wondering what you would do differently given the opportunity -- anything from going for more consults, to choosing a different plan, wearing an appliance like the dentist said, not eating that darn tomato soup, the famed "wire incident" (I'm sure everyone has one!) etc. :D

Thanks guys! Don't stop smiling!

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#2 Post by xTc »

I'd wear my retainers every minute of the day as instructed so it wouldn't cost me £6k down the line :D

No regrets though lol.
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#3 Post by sisi »

I wouldn't have wasted so much mental energy beforehand worrying about how others would react to my braces.

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#4 Post by Dutchess »

I wish I would have done it sooner and not worry so much about what people would think. Its really not that bad! :)

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#5 Post by Bekah »

I would have had my extractions done earlier. I made my ortho try and do my treatment without the extractions even though I knew that I should have gotten them!
2 Years 4 months 3 weeks and 4 days in full metal braces!

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#6 Post by BracketRacket »

Thanks everyone --- feel free to keep the advice coming, I really appreciate it! :D

I'm going for my first consultation tomorrow -- from what I understand, it's going to be basic, and then we'll go over a specific treatment plan in a number of weeks. That said, is there anything specific that I should be asking about tomorrow? So new to this, but I'm trying to learn! Thank you!

Keep smiling!

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#7 Post by gokix »

Didn't think of this until I read a topic on here today... I would have asked my ortho about changes in facial aesthetics. I've noticed slight changes in my upper lip, cheeks, and length of my face.

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#8 Post by dezlorelle »

I got metal damon brackets on the bottom and clear ceramic on the top. In retrospect, I would've gotten clear on bottom too. Not for the asthetic value, but having the damon brackets can be very painful at adjustments. When my ortho changes the clear wire by just popping off the bands, I feel hardly nothing. But when they have to put serious pressure on my teeth trying to open stuck doors on the damon brackets, my bottom teeth experience shooting pains during and after adjustments, and hardly nothing on the top teeth.

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Re: What would you do differently?

#9 Post by VA5 »

BracketRacket wrote:Hi all.

I'm a 24-year-old "pre-newbie," just begining this journey with my first consult in two days.

I'm sure I'll post all my teeth-rific details soon, but since I'm just starting out, I was wondering what you would do differently given the opportunity -- anything from going for more consults, to choosing a different plan, wearing an appliance like the dentist said, not eating that darn tomato soup, the famed "wire incident" (I'm sure everyone has one!) etc. :D

Thanks guys! Don't stop smiling!

I would have gotten my braces a decade ago. I waited way too long to get something I've always wanted. I could have gotten them 2 decades ago, to be honest.

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#10 Post by sadpanda »

I'm with you, VA5. I just wish I had gotten braces a long time ago. Maybe I wouldn't have spent 21 years suffering from frequent migraines.

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#11 Post by bracedup »

I'm also with you VA5, two decades ago. My kids had been braced and now it's my turn....Better late than never!

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#12 Post by hal2me »

I also would have gotten my braces a lot sooner than I do. The majority of my 20's was spent hating my smile. I finally wised up at 34 and just went for it. Should have done it earlier. My teeth would have been straight in my wedding photos :lol:

Congratulations to you!!!

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#13 Post by hal2me »

I also would have gotten my braces a lot sooner than I did. The majority of my 20's was spent hating my smile. I finally wised up at 34 and just went for it. Should have done it earlier. My teeth would have been straight in my wedding photos :lol:

Congratulations to you!!!

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