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My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:41 pm
by aussietrumpeter
Hi everyone, I am just getting started with my braces but am excited to share the journey with you :D

I'm a 24 year old high school teacher from Australia. I've had crooked teeth since my adult teeth came in... my parents wanted me to get braces as a teenager but as I was a keen trumpet player (and I had a fear of the dentist), I used that as an excuse to not got ahead with it. My crooked teeth have always affected my self-esteem and, especially now that I've started my teaching career, I've decided that having a nice smile is going to really improve my confidence. The only downside is that I have to pay for them all myself !

I am going to the orthodontist my brother went to; he was in plates and then braces (they started plates too late) and has achieved a beautiful smile. I know that my orthodontist is really thinking about my whole mouth/face, not just smile aesthetics. The diagnosis:
- Crowding in both arches
- Class II malocclusion
- Underdeveloped maxillary and mandibular arch
- Posterior left cross-bite
- Tongue thrust

My ortho also noticed clicking in my jaw and wants to make sure I don't develop TMJ in the future. Basically what he told me is that we can achieve a good result, however, only surgery will achieve a perfect result to re-position my jaw. I don't want to go down the surgery route so am happy to see what can be done with orthodontics alone.

****I am not currently a full member but I will post photos here when I have permission***********
Pictures on the day I got top braces on:

Picture of the tongue spinner/habit appliance:

1 month progress:

Bottom teeth (with controlled arch) the day before braces went on:

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:49 pm
by aussietrumpeter
It was too late to edit the post so here are some photos:

On the day I got top braces on:
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The tongue spinner/habit appliance:
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1 month progress:
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Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:35 am
by tillybrace
welcome you are doing great so far. the first month is always the hardest

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:35 am
by aussietrumpeter
Thank you Tilly :)

Here are the first pics of my bottom braces:
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Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:47 pm
by aussietrumpeter
My bottom teeth are really hurting today. The top teeth don't hurt at all, even after the wire change yesterday.
I can notice a small improvement in the top teeth.... I really want that other lateral incisor to come down... it's still a snaggle tooth :(
1 month progress.jpg

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:27 pm
by tillybrace
[quote="aussietrumpeter"]Thank you Tilly :)

Here are the first pics of my bottom braces:
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We seem to have the same problem, on our bottom teeth,. a water pick is your friend

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:09 am
by aussietrumpeter
tillybrace wrote:
aussietrumpeter wrote:Thank you Tilly :)

Here are the first pics of my bottom braces:
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We seem to have the same problem, on our bottom teeth,. a water pick is your friend
It looks like we do ! I saw your photos on your main thread :) . Your top teeth have changed drastically !
I hope my orthodontist's technique of bracketing every bottom tooth will work...
I will try and find an affordable water pick :cry:

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:46 am
by aussietrumpeter
Here is the progress at 2 months (only 1 month for the bottom). I can notice some slight movement though am impatient for more. One of the front brackets on the bottom teeth came off two days after it was put in.... it wasn't attached to the archwire in the first place so the ortho said we'll find a solution at the next appointment.
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Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:53 am
by aussietrumpeter
The bottom teeth quite clearly have severe crowding and so after 1 month I come notice next to no movement... didn't really feel like posting this but I just need to suck it up and be patient.
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Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:04 am
by cocomacd
Wow, they are coming right along! I know you must feel some excitement!! I'm so intimidated by the extra hardware you are sporting! You are brave and I know it will all be worth it for you!!

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:24 am
by aussietrumpeter
Thank you for the encouragement coco ! I hope your appointment went well as you must have gotten your braces on today (Dec 6th!) - I promise each day gets easier :)

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:31 pm
by aussietrumpeter
Month 3 progress photos.
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Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:49 am
by jem
Brilliant progress-congratulations!

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:38 am
by aussietrumpeter
jem wrote:Brilliant progress-congratulations!
Thank you Jem :)

Re: My braces story at 24 yrs old!

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:52 am
by aussietrumpeter
The top arch is so much better - from 0 to 3 months
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