Lau's Story

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lau
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Lau's Story

#1 Post by lau » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:38 pm

Hi everyone-
finally got around to posting my story and some pix.

So why the braces at 37? well, why not? In my teens I had the removable retainer, which I never wore and my teeth kept changing, every time I would remember to wear it, it wouldn't fit anymore. In my 20s i was dating and concentrating on my career so braces were out of the question. when i was 30 I got married and moved abroad so it wasn't good timing. Then mid 30s my boy was born- so now its the best time for me. Also one incisor, after the pregnancy, moved behind a front tooth, so that was what prompted me to finally do it.

The ortho said 18 months, i am making sure i do everything right and will do this in record time or at least 12 to 15 months, which sounds way better. I am VERY impatient!! this is a big commitment.

It's been a month & a half and its been much easier than expected. The braces didn't really bother me, had one adjustment at 4 weeks (one bracket became unattached) but it didn't hurt at all. Only took 2 advil when they put the spacers the week before the braces were put on.

I am wearing elastics on both sides 24/7 I even eat with them as I read (somewhere) that the exercise of eating helps the bite.

I have seen movement on the bottom more than anything- i have to go back in 11 days so hopefully I will have more to report soon.

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Wore Top & Bottom traditional metal brackets, wore elastics both sides 24/7
Brace day: Oct 4 2011 / Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 months
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#2 Post by belistic10 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:51 pm

congrats on getting braces :) i can see some change in the lowers already too :) good job
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#3 Post by lau » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:38 pm

thank you belistic! :D
Wore Top & Bottom traditional metal brackets, wore elastics both sides 24/7
Brace day: Oct 4 2011 / Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 months
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#4 Post by AM21 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:46 am

Congrats, Lau! I can definately see a difference already as well! :)
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#5 Post by lau » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:13 pm

Thanks AM! your progress looks amazing, only 3 months-
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Brace day: Oct 4 2011 / Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 months
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#6 Post by AM21 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:54 pm

lau wrote:Thanks AM! your progress looks amazing, only 3 months-
Thanks! Yeah, I didn't think that I would be seeing progress like that so soon. It really is a confidence booster. :)
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#7 Post by lau » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:15 pm

Hi readers- thank you for following my progress. I feel like a senior brace wearer reporting! LOL

Progress: So today was my 2nd adjustment and got a nice surprise: now i have brackets in ALL my teeth not just the 6 top/6 bottom. I graduated to a FULL METALL MOUTH!
I guess i am lucky everything is moving along. its been less than 2 months and i already had 2 adjustments.

The other nice thing was that now i have 2 teeth added to the same archwire that were previously separate. that is GREAT news to me!
However, a molar or premolar (new braced tooth) is not on the same archwire but it seems like we are making progress- it also feels like it, it hurts!! i am going to take Tylenol.

Mood: I have a trip this week with face to face meetings and i need to feel at my best, pump up my smile self esteem. Be Strong, as my Spinning teacher would say. Seems foolish, but if I write it and read it, I will do it.

I will post progress pics upon my return- I will probably check the forum too, i cannot stay away :HugeGrin:
Wore Top & Bottom traditional metal brackets, wore elastics both sides 24/7
Brace day: Oct 4 2011 / Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 months
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#8 Post by lau » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:42 pm

here are my progress pix
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Wore Top & Bottom traditional metal brackets, wore elastics both sides 24/7
Brace day: Oct 4 2011 / Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 months
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#9 Post by Aditi » Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:13 am

There is considerable improvement, that is great. :jump: And you are not old.
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#10 Post by klobird » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:47 am

Amazing movement in just 2 months!!! You are one of those with the pearly whites that will be like a Hollywood smile when you're done!!!

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#11 Post by lau » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:46 pm

Thanks ladies!! Your compliments mean a lot
Wore Top & Bottom traditional metal brackets, wore elastics both sides 24/7
Brace day: Oct 4 2011 / Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 months
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#12 Post by lau » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:03 pm

Third adjustment today went OK.
:arrow: switched my top archwire from .016 to a .020 :jump:
:arrow: but left my bottoms the same as one tooth still needs to move :ThumbsDown:
:arrow: since my bite was becoming class III (underbite) now i need to wear my elastics in a V shape (opposite as i have been doing)


I need to return in 6 weeks (the longest time since I got my braces) so it is making me a little crazy thinking about the time, I want to have perfect teeth NOW :-+

Progress pics coming soon...
Wore Top & Bottom traditional metal brackets, wore elastics both sides 24/7
Brace day: Oct 4 2011 / Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 months
My story + progress pix

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#13 Post by braceface74 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:25 am

Hey Lau, what amazing progress so far.. you must be thrilled :)

Looking forward to seeing the next pics :D
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#14 Post by lau » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:28 pm

here's the 3 month progress pic- not changes at all pretty much.
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wish i had taken a photo of my bite because last week (when the pic was taken) i had a little underbite that now i am correcting with a V shaped configuration of elastics.
Wore Top & Bottom traditional metal brackets, wore elastics both sides 24/7
Brace day: Oct 4 2011 / Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 months
My story + progress pix

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#15 Post by braceface74 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:54 am

looking good :D
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