finally got around to posting my story and some pix.
So why the braces at 37? well, why not? In my teens I had the removable retainer, which I never wore and my teeth kept changing, every time I would remember to wear it, it wouldn't fit anymore. In my 20s i was dating and concentrating on my career so braces were out of the question. when i was 30 I got married and moved abroad so it wasn't good timing. Then mid 30s my boy was born- so now its the best time for me. Also one incisor, after the pregnancy, moved behind a front tooth, so that was what prompted me to finally do it.
The ortho said 18 months, i am making sure i do everything right and will do this in record time or at least 12 to 15 months, which sounds way better. I am VERY impatient!! this is a big commitment.
It's been a month & a half and its been much easier than expected. The braces didn't really bother me, had one adjustment at 4 weeks (one bracket became unattached) but it didn't hurt at all. Only took 2 advil when they put the spacers the week before the braces were put on.
I am wearing elastics on both sides 24/7 I even eat with them as I read (somewhere) that the exercise of eating helps the bite.
I have seen movement on the bottom more than anything- i have to go back in 11 days so hopefully I will have more to report soon.
Wore Top & Bottom traditional metal brackets, wore elastics both sides 24/7
Brace day: Oct 4 2011
/ Sentence: 18 months - DONE in 16 monthsMy story + progress pix