Preparing for braces at age 56
I had a bicycle accident in April and fractured my jaw in three places. In the past couple of months I have been through jaw-wiring with arch bars (first wired, then with elastics). Before the jaw wiring, I could only touch a couple of teeth on the left side as my lower jaw had shifted so far back from the accident. Now my bite is better than before the surgery but not like what it was before my accident. I can see that the midline of my lower teeth is off from my top teeth by about half a (lower) tooth, I have a bit more of an overbite than before, and chewing still feels strange. My back molars aren't lining up 100% right, though at least they all touch now.
Every time I go to my oral surgeon, he says that my next step is orthodontia/braces. Not thrilled about this at age 56. I had braces with full metal brackets for a couple of years when I was a pre-teen. Braces were very different then -- the wide metal bands went all the way around each tooth and looked/felt awful. Fortunately today's braces look quite a bit better, though I expect the discomfort is still the same!
I haven't had an ortho consultation yet as my oral surgeon has to release me first so that I can proceed. My next (and hopefully last) appt. with the oral surgeon is on 7/31. I also need to visit a dentist for a cleaning and check-up when I am released by the oral surgeon.
I am really bummed about having to have braces as my husband and I travel full-time in our RV and hadn't planned on settling down in one place for so long. Orthodontia will keep us tied to one area for a long period of time as I assume once I get the braces put on, I'll have to visit the office at least once a month for adjustments. I have no idea how long my treatment will take.
I have read some horror stories about "root reabsorption", especially likely in older folks like myself. Any thoughts or experience with this? I would rather live with my imperfect bite than risk losing teeth from having braces!
Thanks for reading my story. Any input or experiences to share would be most appreciated!