of Paolo from Guatemala
"Porolita" is 20 years old. She decided to get
braces because she never really liked her smile. Paola says,
"My lower teeth are crowded, and even though my upper
teeth are not 'so bad', my bite is pretty deep. I started
preventive orthodontia when I was younger, but didn't finish
because my parents divorced and my mom couldn't afford the
that I have a job I saved some money and I decided to get my
braces. Right now I only have metal braces on my upper teeth,
my ortho said I might need to use a bite plate in a few months
when my lower braces are put on. I'll be in braces for 24
"I got my braces with no
bands and no spacers (woo-hoo!!). The photo, (which is kind pf
blurry, sorry about that) was taken a week after I got my
braces on. I decided to wear white ligatures to make them
"less noticeable" since I wear glasses... I was
feeling kind of ashamed, but not anymore, now I love my
braces. At my first adjustment (7/10) I changed to blue
in braces for 1 1/2 months now.... Ill send another photo as
soon as I see improvement in my teeth."
Paola says, "Well, after 6
months I finally got my bottom braces. Thankfully there was no
need to wear a bite plate, at least so far because my ortho
didn't mention it at all.
"The only thing that
bothered me the first days is that I can't bite all the way down
anymore. The curious thing is, that I stared at the mirror
trying to find out why and I couldn't. My braces do not
"bump" on my upper teeth, but I still can't bite down
correctly. My left molars don't fit the way they used to, only
the right side. My ortho says it is because both of my dental
arches do not fit, but that this will be corrected.
"In the picture, it seems
like I didn't have a bracket in my left canine, but I do. it is
just that it is on the side, because my teeth needs to turn
around to its correct position. You can see it if you look
closely. 1 month since I got my bottom braces, and I have
already seen progress, my incisors moved. Thank God!"
Paola says, "Check out my
new pics! On my 10th adjustment, I got an elastic from end to
end, as you can see in the picture. It goes from my right upper
canine to the lower left canine. It is intended to make my
"midline" fit, since my bite is a little crossed now
that my lower dental arch is way smaller than the top one. The
elastic didn't let me open my mouth too much, and I could only
take it off to eat.
"It was real pain all first
2 weeks, then I got used to it... and to the fact that people
stared at my mouth trying to figure out what was that elastic
thing doing there!!! Oh well, anyway I am glad to see that my
lower teeth are straightening up so fast."
Paola's teeth without the
This picture was taken just
before my two front top teeth where "re-bracketed;" a
misplacement of the two brackets made both teeth move slightly
apart from each other. So my ortho removed both brackets and
replaced them slightly angled. The result is noticeable.
is Paola's most recent photo, April 2005. She says,
"After I had my two front teeth "re-bracketed"
the small gap that had opened between them just disappeared.
(you can see in the other pictures) I am close to get my
braces removed. I have my appointment set for April 27th to
get my top braces off. My ortho says the bottoms will be on
for one more month after that. After I had my two front teeth
"re-bracketed" the small gap that had opened between
them just disappeared.
"I am really happy with
my teeth the way they look. I can't wait to see how they will
look without the braces on!"
late May 2005, Paola got her top braces off. She says,
"Here are my top teeth, naked at last!! I only got my top
braces off for now. But the mold for my bottom retainer is
already made. I hope I get them off by next week.
"It was a little bit hard
for me to get used to the Hawley retainer, because I sounded
really funny. I can speak normally now. It is incredible how you
need to wear your retainer RELIGIOUSLY each and every day. One
day I forgot it and left it in my mother's car, and the next day
when I tried it on... it hurt!! My teeth felt loose and the pain
just like I had an adjustment. Never leave your retainer
anywhere else but in your mouth... that is my advice. FOR