Just got braces - so happy!

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Just got braces - so happy!

#1 Post by catsteeth »

I've been waiting 20 years for this. I'm 44 and I've been putting this off because of the cost and the fear factor related to having surgery. I got my braces this morning. The OD told me that I won't have any appliances and I probably won't even get elastics until after I have my BSSO in 18 to 24 months. Hooray! I don't even have to see her for almost 3 months.

Okay, the pain hasn't hit me yet. Ask me how happy I am tomorrow.


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#2 Post by socksy »

Congratulations! I'm sure you won't regret your decision.

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#3 Post by MrMetalMouth1029 »

Welcome to our world! Remember that it will not feel very comfortable for the first few days or even weeks. Everyone adjusts differently. You may go through a time where you wish you never got braced, but it's so worth it! Braces have caused most all of us to have some awesome transformations! Best wishes!
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#4 Post by yj207 »

Congrats! For me the pain isn't that bad and getting braces was something I always wanted to do. I'm glad you are finally able to do it too! :D
Braced for 23 months 1 week and 3 days!
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#5 Post by VistaXP »

Are you happy?

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#6 Post by catsteeth »

I'm not too bad. Thanks for asking. I'm got one molar band and a bunch of hooks that are covered in wax but otherwise okay.

What really hurts is my face. I had some kind of reaction from having the retractor in and one side of my mouth is all cracked and sore. I'm definitely better than I thought I'd be.

My OD said that one of the perks of being an adult with braces is that you can go home and have a good stiff drink afterwards. It did help.

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#7 Post by signingsunflower »

I am 30 and getting braces has been the best decision I have ever made!!! :-) Congratulations!
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#8 Post by Laura1985 »

Congrats on getting them!! It'll be worth it! :)
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#9 Post by hal2me »

Congratulations on your decision! You should be happy because you took control of something you did not like. I got braced at 34 and could not be happier with my decision. There will be times where you think, "What did I do?", but it is so worth it!

Enjoy the journey! :lol:

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#10 Post by almost50 »

I was braced a year ago. Your situation sounds very similar. Put it off for many years due to cost, and surgery. My teeth are so straight now, and just waiting until the next big step in 2 months (still kind of scared but resigned to it and looking forward to having it behind me). So glad I did it.

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