of Jet from Florida, USA
is 23 years old, and lives in Florida with her husband and two
German Shepherds. She began seriously considering orthodontic
treatment about 4 months ago, although it's something she'd
thought about doing for a long time.
Jet says, "I've got some cosmetic reasons for getting
braces, although my main hope is to ease jaw pain due to a
poor bite. While I was looking through some photographs to
include with this write-up, I realized that not a single one
of them showed me smiling and showing my teeth. Not even my
wedding photos! I suppose that's quite typical of orthodontic
"I've got a deep overbite, some crowding in the front
lower teeth, and one of my upper incisors is out of place.
I'll be getting my wisdom teeth extracted during the course of
my treatment, and may have to have a bicuspid extraction along
the way, too. I chose metal brackets for top and bottom, and
I've got metallic blue elastic ligatures. I've had bonding
agent applied to two of my upper molars. This serves the
purpose of keeping my teeth from fully coming together. If
allowed to bite normally, my front teeth would snap the
brackets on the bottom teeth right off. If all goes as
planned, my treatment should take 18 months. I've been lucky
in that I haven't needed spacers or bands. I'm currently in
week 2 of treatment, so I'm sure I'll have many more surprises
ahead of me ::grin::
"I'm looking forward to having a straight smile, and I
can already tell the difference in my bite. While it's a
little frustrating to have to learn to chew with limited
capacity, the tension in my jaw has already been eased, and I
haven't been grinding my teeth at night. I'm still looking
forward to my first adjustment, but I don't think I'll ever
regret having put the time, money, and effort in to this
endeavor. I'm already smiling more than I ever did before
teeth before braces
teeth 6 months into treatment. She has power chains and
rectangular arch wires added on top and bottom, and elastics
on both sides. Jet says, "I still have a lot of alignment
of the upper midline to correct, and the spaces between my
lower incisors are closing up well."
Jet just recently finished her
treatment, and now she reveals her new smile! She says, "After
two years, I got my braces off this morning. The feeling
of naked teeth was something I thought I was prepared for after
reading the many stories on the message boards, but it was
weirder than I could have ever imagined. Slimy doesn't
even begin to describe the way my 'new' teeth felt. As odd as it
was though, I was ecstatic to be free of the metal."
Here is a link to a page Jet made showing her teeth "morph"
from their old positions to their new ones.