owned, designed, maintained, edited, and mostly written by
me, Lynn S., a 50-something mother of two in Northern
California, who recently had braces for almost three years
(I now wear Hawley retainers at night).
ArchWired.com is a non-commercial website.
It is owned by a person, not by a company or an
organization. The website accepts
advertising to help cover hosting costs, but that is separate from the editorial
content. At this point, I will also admit that ArchWired.com
needs a design overhaul, but it's a huge job because this
site has hundreds of pages! Sometime in the near future, I
plan to hire a crackerjack web designer to help bring our
website up to more modern design standards. In the mean
time, please bear with us!
I created this website because
I thought there was a need for orthodontic information
specifically for adults. I felt so alone in the experience
when I first had my braces put on and wanted some support.
When I first began my Braces
Journal, I had no idea that there were thousands of
adults who felt the same way I did!
Since the inception of this
website in late 2001 (back then it just consisted of my
braces journal), I have received dozens of emails and
guestbook entries stating how helpful this site is, and how
it has eased many an anxious mind. That makes me very happy
and proud, because I created this site to help people. As
time permits, I continue to add articles and information.
I am not a
doctor or a dentist, but I do know a lot about braces from
my own personal experience and from reading the comments and
questions of members on ArchWired.com's
I used to be a technical writer and trainer (software manuals
and courses), and before that I worked in corporate
communications. I have a
college degree in communications and
journalism. In my free time (what little there is of it) I
write poetry and songs, and do my best to keep my busy
household of two kids in order! I also manage the day to day
operations of ArchWired's sister website, DentaKit.com (more
on that below).
to ArchWired.com from dental professionals -- whether they be
dentists, hygienists, technicians, assistants, orthodontists, oral
surgeons, etc. -- is always welcomed. I like to think of ArchWired.com as an open world-wide internet community where we
can exchange patient-oriented orthodontic information and
support each other.
has some advertising, but this should not be confused
with endorsement. I strive to keep ArchWired.com a non-biased web
site. There is only one product that ArchWired.com overtly
endorses. That product is DentaKit
Braces Survival Kit, which I created six months after getting braces
and realizing a need for such a product.
I created the
web store DentaKit.com for selling that Braces Survival Kit.
Over time, DentaKit.com has expanded to carry more than 80
helpful products for people with braces and retainers -- some not found in
any other stores. And we've sold our products to people in
more than 55 countries across the globe!