Mandy from Ontario, Canada
I grew up in the states. When
I was younger, I didn't go to the dentist until I was 14
years old. My parents couldn't afford it. When I finally did
go to the dentist, it was mentioned that I needed braces. We
scheduled a consultation with the orthodontist. The day
before my appointment, my dad was laid off. That was as far
as things went as a kid.
I moved to Ontario, Canada when
I was 18. At the age of 22 I went to the dentist for a teeth
cleaning. They told me that my teeth would fall out in twenty
years if I didn't get braces. The first step was getting my
wisdom teeth out. My mouth was too small for all of the teeth
that was in it. So I was put to sleep and all of my wisdom teeth
were cut out.
In 2002 I had an orthodontist
consultation and decided to go ahead with the braces. Then I got
pregnant. The whole plan was put off until after the baby was
Finally October 2004 the bottom
braces were put on. The top braces didn't go on yet because I
needed the top jaw widened. Since I was over the age of 21, it
was too late to widen without surgery. December 24, 2004 I had
top jaw surgery to widen my palate. An expander was placed in
the roof of my mouth. I had to turn the key every day to widen
my top jaw. I felt like a robot tightening myself! I recovered
from that surgery and in February 2005 the top braces were put
on. After the surgery, there was quite a gap in my front two
teeth. I felt hideous! I hated going out in public. Eventually
the gap closed and I was starting to look normal.
After the widening and teeth
straightening, I developed an under bite. I then had to have
another surgery. July 2006 I had to have my top jaw moved
forward. This was more extensive than my first surgery. The
first surgery was a day surgery. It was done and I was out
within hours. This surgery, however, had me stay overnight. I
was heavily sedated and I honestly can't remember if I was in
the hospital one or two nights. I do know that I looked awful! I
felt and looked like I had been in a bad car wreck. Of course it
was on the hottest day of the year when we left the hospital to
drive one and a half hours home.
It took about six weeks to
recover from that surgery. I was on a lot of pain medicines and
a restricted diet. At first it was liquid then I gradually moved
to normal foods throughout the six weeks. The end result,
though, was a nicer bite and it also opened my airways. Ever
since it has been easier to breathe. My husband tells me I don't
snore anymore and I have noticed I am no longer a mouth
In less than two months my
braces are scheduled to come off. I think I will miss them. They
have become a part of me. I like having the different colors.
And I don't have to worry about throwing away my braces like
with a retainer. I am thoroughly pleased with the end results. I
am happy that I went through it all. It has gained me some self
confidence. I have had people not know who I was because it
changed my bone structure a bit. I thank Dr. Redigonda and Dr.
Frydman for all of there help with my successful braces journey!