Marilee from Maryland
First, thanks to the people
who maintain this website and to everyone who posts here.
Archwired.com is an amazing resource and strengthened my
resolve to finally take the leap and get braces.
I'm 32 years old. Like so many
of the other writers here, I always wanted to have my teeth
fixed but there was never time or money and, truth be told, I
was nervous. But I finally decided to do it. I have a severe
overbite and gaps on top, and everything is pretty crowded and
crooked on the bottom.
The braces went on yesterday
and I've been taking Motrin steadily, which has helped with the
pain and pressure. The braces really aren't so bad. I had to put
wax on one bracket that was rubbing my cheek raw. That's about
it. The main problem for me is the fixed biteplate attached to
the roof of my mouth and blocking off my top front teeth.
Apparently, this device is used in cases of deep overbite. It
prevents you from knocking the brackets off your bottom teeth.
In my case, it also prevents me from closing my mouth (can't do
it) and biting and talking properly. It is truly miserable. I
have to wear it for four to six months. Send a little luck my
way that it's closer to four than six. On top of the biteplate,
I also have a canker sore on my tongue. I think the correct
scientific term for all of this is 'Mouth of Misery'.
My other problem is flossing.
The orthodontist's office gave me a blue threader thing and some
floss. It was impossible to use. Perhaps not impossible but very
awkward and unpleasant and ineffective. I clicked around this
website and read about Crest Glide Threader Floss so I am going
to buy some of those. Hopefully, they'll work better. Since
eating and brushing and flossing are such hassles, I think I'll
just stare longingly at some Oreo cookies and pretend that I'm
So - braces aren't bad at all
but biteplates are horrible. Getting the bands and brackets on
was relatively quick and painless and, aside from pressure and
some cheek soreness, the braces are fine. I now wish I'd gotten
Good luck to everyone out
there. If you want to do it and you can afford it, go for it. A
healthy smile isn't just about looks. To be honest, I had gotten
used to how my teeth looked and it didn't bother me as much as
it did when I was younger. But what did bother me a lot was the
fact that my bite never matched up when I ate and that my teeth
were moving and wearing down in funny ways. I hope the braces
will fix all of that, and the aesthetic angle will be nice, too.