My braces story at 24 yrs old!

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aussietrumpeter
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My braces story at 24 yrs old!

#1 Post 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:

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#2 Post 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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#3 Post by tillybrace »

welcome you are doing great so far. the first month is always the hardest

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#4 Post by aussietrumpeter »

Thank you Tilly :)

Here are the first pics of my bottom braces:
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#5 Post 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 :(
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#6 Post 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

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#7 Post 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:

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#8 Post 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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#9 Post 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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#10 Post 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!!
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#11 Post 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 :)

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#12 Post by aussietrumpeter »

Month 3 progress photos.
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#13 Post by jem »

Brilliant progress-congratulations!
Sectional brace with Damon clear brackets fitted to front 6 upper teeth 3 January 2012
Brackets added to premolars 2 April 2012
Estimated treatment time originally 6-9 months
. Brace removed on 22 July 2013 after 18 months and 19 days
Now enjoying bonded upper retainer plus part time essix/hawley( I have both)

Click here for my story http://www.archwired.com/phpbb2/viewtop ... =9&t=42194

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#14 Post by aussietrumpeter »

jem wrote:Brilliant progress-congratulations!
Thank you Jem :)

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#15 Post by aussietrumpeter »

The top arch is so much better - from 0 to 3 months
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