of the time, orthodontic treatment goes smoothly. However,
just like any medical treatment, the outcome in orthodontics
is a combination of the patient, the dentist or orthodontist,
and the methodology used to get from point A to point B.
treatment can "go wrong" for several reasons. For
treatment is being done by a dentist who does not have
adequate orthodontic training for a complex case
patient does not precisely follow instructions
orthodontist's staff misunderstands his/her instructions
gray area of "unforseen circumstances"
adults had braces as kids or teens, and then things shifted
and they're back in braces again years later. Blame Mother
Nature (and usually the Wisdom Teeth) for that. Some
adults didn't wear their retainers when they were younger, and
that caused their teeth to shift - c'est la vie. And some
adults have such complicated problems that they need jaw
surgery and several stages of treatment to correct their bite
and straighten their teeth over many years.
pages explore the "tales of woe" that some
orthodontic patients experience. They are not meant to place
blame, but merely to share information.
We are no longer
accepting new stories for this page, but if you want to
share your story, post it to Metal Mouth Message Board's "Our
Braces Stories" Forum. There, you can add photos, and other readers will be able to
interact with you and your story, too!