Finally I get to post my braces story!
I am a 20 year old female and I work as front desk administrator. I have always been a little self-conscious about my teeth because my canines stick a little up and out. My plan was always just get Invisalign, because my teeth were never really that bad. One day I got a random flyer in the mail from an Orthodontist in my area that had Invisalign day. They take as many appointment as they can in one day, and draw a name for who gets their entire treatment for free! Luckily, I got the last appointment that day, I thought it was meant to be. I was going to get Invisalign! When the ortho looked at my teeth, he said he could definitely give me straight teeth, however, I have a really deep/over bite and Invisalign would make it worse. He said once I get older I will probably get really bad headaches, and I will always have pain in my jaw.
He gave me the other option of MARA appliance and braces for 12 months.
After thinking about it for a long time, I decided to go for it. If I'm going to do it, I might as well do it right.
So I got the spacers in August, and the MARA appliance (without elbows) shortly after. On November 20th I got full metal uppers and lowers.
So here are my pictures, I apologize for the poor quality in the first few, my camera doesn't do well in low light.
I will always be updating my progress and I'm really excited to watch my teeth move! So far no movement that I can see...
Right before braces:
Right after getting them on:
3 weeks after:
Upper arch and MARA:
Spacers in Aug. '09
MARA without elbows on Aug/09
Braces on Nov. 20/09
Elbows for MARA in Feb. 25/10
Braces off August 26, 2010!
my story: http://archwired.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=33571