Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

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LittleSern
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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#286 Post by LittleSern » Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:14 pm

Wow, that's interesting that your teeth felt like they were moving around after the braces were off - I'm glad you said that because I wouldn't have known to expect it.

What else did the external ortho say about your teeth? Did you end up telling your ortho that an external ortho had the same comments? If you did, I bet he was offended, haha.

I had an appointment today and got my wire bumped up on top and bottom and had power chains put on both as well. My teeth had a bunch of gaps in them from expanding. It looks like I have the same issue as you with the "peg laterals". The rubber bands are pulling the canines back to fix the overbite, and the front four teeth are being chained together so the space between the canine and the laterals is getting bigger. I know my arch is going to keep expanding, too, so I'm worried about there being a space there. Did you ever end up getting that bonding done? I'm hoping that once the bite is fixed they'll be able to push everything back together and it'll look ok. I like my little laterals, they're cute! :P

In your final before and afters I also notice quite a difference in your overbite. Would you mind sharing a before and after of your profile while your mouth is closed? I'm curious if your lower lip and chin came forward and how much of a difference there is.

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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#287 Post by mapleleafman888 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:22 pm

TrustGodAuburn wrote:
mapleleafman888 wrote:
TrustGodAuburn wrote:I went from braces off to only wearing my Essix retainer at night on top. I have the permanent on my lower arch and no other retainer for lower.

8 months went by fast!
You lucky girl lol! Have you been finding your result to be stable? Any tightness when you put the retainer in at night?

Yes it sure does go by fast.
I don't notice any tightness from my retainer at night, and I actually fell asleep one night before I put it in and freaked out the next morning worried about it, but it slipped right on with no issue.

I still feel like my bite is really strange, hard to explain. But, I definitely have some adjusting to do there still. And, the worst is that I have started biting the inside of my cheeks when I eat, and it is SUPER annoying.
Haha that's awesome I do kind of envy you there! Mine move so fast. Even 5 hours without a retainer makes it tight every time I put in---mostly on top around the canines. I think it's time to get those laterals bonded, not really a fan of that idea..........

My bite does feel pretty awesome for the most part though. The cheek biting is something I can relate to pre braces...but now I bite my cheeks hardly ever.
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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#288 Post by mapleleafman888 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:40 pm

Nqoute="LittleSern"]Wow, that's interesting that your teeth felt like they were moving around after the braces were off - I'm glad you said that because I wouldn't have known to expect it.

What else did the external ortho say about your teeth? Did you end up telling your ortho that an external ortho had the same comments? If you did, I bet he was offended, haha.

I had an appointment today and got my wire bumped up on top and bottom and had power chains put on both as well. My teeth had a bunch of gaps in them from expanding. It looks like I have the same issue as you with the "peg laterals". The rubber bands are pulling the canines back to fix the overbite, and the front four teeth are being chained together so the space between the canine and the laterals is getting bigger. I know my arch is going to keep expanding, too, so I'm worried about there being a space there. Did you ever end up getting that bonding done? I'm hoping that once the bite is fixed they'll be able to push everything back together and it'll look ok. I like my little laterals, they're cute! :P

In your final before and afters I also notice quite a difference in your overbite. Would you mind sharing a before and after of your profile while your mouth is closed? I'm curious if your lower lip and chin came forward and how much of a difference there is.[/quote]
Yeah, retainer wear is super important right afterwards. The 36 hours that it took to get my retainer allowed the teeth to move alot and they moved alot too.

The other ortho said I had a mild class 3 tendancy now (very mild underbite when jaws are apart) and also that the front right tooth is not quite upright bit he said that's being picky. Of course no dentist or ortho ever fails to mention my small laterals...I just take it as a poor attempt at making extra business for themselves. No I didn't say anything to my ortho as it was kind of tense enough nearing the end as it was. He wasn't going to budge.

Well I hope you aren't going to be in too much pain...power chains hurt enough on their own and a new wire to boot...dang...lol

It's odd actually, It just dawned on me that alot of people with the damon system seem to have that problem of small laterals (all the people I saw at the office had that same spacing) so I'm thinking that the damon archwire shape creates the need lateral work or else there are alot of people with small laterals . And no I didn't get the bonding done. I'm not a huge fan of the idea, I'd have to get new retainers as well.

Sorry I don't think I have a good side profile photo from before.
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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#289 Post by mapleleafman888 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:41 pm

LittleSern wrote:Wow, that's interesting that your teeth felt like they were moving around after the braces were off - I'm glad you said that because I wouldn't have known to expect it.

What else did the external ortho say about your teeth? Did you end up telling your ortho that an external ortho had the same comments? If you did, I bet he was offended, haha.

I had an appointment today and got my wire bumped up on top and bottom and had power chains put on both as well. My teeth had a bunch of gaps in them from expanding. It looks like I have the same issue as you with the "peg laterals". The rubber bands are pulling the canines back to fix the overbite, and the front four teeth are being chained together so the space between the canine and the laterals is getting bigger. I know my arch is going to keep expanding, too, so I'm worried about there being a space there. Did you ever end up getting that bonding done? I'm hoping that once the bite is fixed they'll be able to push everything back together and it'll look ok. I like my little laterals, they're cute! :P

In your final before and afters I also notice quite a difference in your overbite. Would you mind sharing a before and after of your profile while your mouth is closed? I'm curious if your lower lip and chin came forward and how much of a difference there is.
Yeah, retainer wear is super important right afterwards. The 36 hours that it took to get my retainer allowed the teeth to move alot and they moved alot too.

The other ortho said I had a mild class 3 tendancy now (very mild underbite when jaws are apart) and also that the front right tooth is not quite upright bit he said that's being picky. Of course no dentist or ortho ever fails to mention my small laterals...I just take it as a poor attempt at making extra business for themselves. No I didn't say anything to my ortho as it was kind of tense enough nearing the end as it was. He wasn't going to budge.

Well I hope you aren't going to be in too much pain...power chains hurt enough on their own and a new wire to boot...dang...lol

It's odd actually, It just dawned on me that alot of people with the damon system seem to have that problem of small laterals (all the people I saw at the office had that same spacing) so I'm thinking that the damon archwire shape creates the need for lateral work or else there are alot of people with small laterals . And no I didn't get the bonding done. I'm not a huge fan of the idea, I'd have to get new retainers as well.

Sorry I don't have a good before side picture.
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I met 46 braceface adults when I had braces myself!

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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#290 Post by mapleleafman888 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:51 pm

Just got back from my 8 month post braces checkup, was given the go ahead for night time retainer wear only now.
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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#291 Post by nicolie825 » Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:28 pm

Hey, Maple! Your end results are gorgeous! Congratulations!

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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#292 Post by mapleleafman888 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:10 am

Hey so I wanted to make a post seeing as how today is exactly one year since having my braces removed!

My teeth have stayed real straight as I am doing the night time retainer wear and will be for life. The bonded retainers and hanging in there as well, really don't notice them anymore.

I had a trip down memory lane and am so thankful to have gone through the process and definitely don't miss braces at all!

Lol I was having spaghetti yesterday and I put a couple spaghetti strings in my lips to remind me how braces were, my lips felt so puffy like when I had braces and started to have braces flashbacks lol . Haha

Hope everyone is doing well and if you're thinking about going to get braces, just do time goes by soooo fast!

Take care.
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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#293 Post by Steph30 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:19 am

mapleleafman888 wrote:I'M BRACES FREE!! SO HAPPY!!

gorgeous smile!

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Re: Dude Braces @ 25 --- MapleLeafMan888 My Story

#294 Post by 22at26 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:27 pm

Your experience sounds similar to mine. I had no opportunity for braces when I was younger so now I am 26 and having them done. Damon metal top and bottom, molar buildups and many months of elastics to come! Hope it continues going well for you.

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