Woo hoo (and synopsis)!!!

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Maria83
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Woo hoo (and synopsis)!!!

#1 Post by Maria83 »

I have been longing to write this post for a very. very long time :D !

So yesterday and with telling absolutely no-one before, I became free again and I can not stop smiling since. I was very, very lucky and been in braces for under 10 months, when I was given a timeframe of 14-15 months. The result is not perfect but is good enough for me and my bite is very comfortable.

So I thought I would give here the before and after pictures as I never really bothered to continue the story I had started on my first day with braces, which had the ever-so-desperate title "My braces odyssey".

Anyway, some would probably say that I am crazy for entering this journey as I did not have a problem that was so obvious, others would say that I am crazy for staying like that all those years. When I was 12-13 years old, my dentist decided that there was a possibility of overcrowding and therefore extracted two teeth from my upper jaw and gave me a removable device that was supposed to bring the teeth into alignment. The device never worked, despite me wearing it religiously and by age 26 my smile looked like this:

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Not quite obvious, right?

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Nonetheless, I remained incredibly oblivious to the fact that I had two visible gaps in my mouth and that my lower teeth kept messing up due to the gaps. As you can presume, I had not problem whatsoever smiling and laughing with my mouth wide open :oops: . My mother insisted to seek orthodontic advice ever since it became apparent that the dentist's device wouldn't work, but I did not care. Then last year, I realized that my bite was becoming extremely uncomfortable, mainly because of a tooth bending lower and lower inside my mouth, so much that I would scratched my tongue on it constantly and I realized I had to take the plunge before my bite worsened even more. And here I am now, with my brand new teeth, more comfortable than ever:

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I can tell you one thing, if positivity was a factor for taking your braces off early I would have been sentenced to a life long sentence with my braces on :roll: . Still, it would have been a lot easier for me if I just grew into the fact that I was wearing braces and did not spend my time thinking of everything I missed (mostly food :P ) because of them.

So that's a synopsis of my story. I hope it encourages others as much as others' stories encouraged me throughout the treatment, I have said this many times that this forum was a valuable source of comfort for me!
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Jethro
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#2 Post by Jethro »

Your result is beautiful. Congrats!!!

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Tommm
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#3 Post by Tommm »

Congrats!!!

Maria83
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#4 Post by Maria83 »

Thank you so much :) Tommm seen your pictures, great results and such a short treatment time! Againbrace and Jethro, I hope your day comes soon!
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