I've been looking at this
site since I first entertained getting braces. It's been a
source of confidence and amusement for over 2 years. I'd
like to take a moment and share with you my experiences with
having braces (and getting them removed!)
Our family had always traveled,
so it was difficult when I was young to get braces. I needed the
work done, but we didn't want to start the procedure with one
dentist and then move to another. Years went by, and finally at
the age of 31, I decided to get my teeth fixed. The cramping of
my teeth were starting to cause some dental problems, so I made
an appointment with an excellent orthodontist and started the
process. You can see how my teeth started in the Initial
After some consultation, I
decided to go for the ceramic ones. I was very happy with that
decision, but I sure did get obsessed with brushing my teeth! I
always have a pack of toothpicks with me, and I would brush
sometimes 4-5 times a day. I just hated the feeling that there
may be some food or bit of spinach (that's the worst!) in my
The pain was not as bad as I
thought (or had heard) it would be. Certainly after getting them
adjusted there was some pain and tension, but that would go away
after a few days.
I've had springs to help spread
my front top teeth and let the ones stuck behind move forward. I
remember what a great feeling it was to see them moving in line
with the rest of my teeth! I also needed some of those little
rubber bands to help fix a cross-bite in the back teeth. You can
see the springs and the nibs on the back of my back top teeth
that were for holding the rubber bands in the Progress picture.
After these photos were taken, they removed one of the teeth on
the bottom due to over-crowding (that one tooth just would not
So today I finally got by
braces removed! I thought they were going to be removed 3 weeks
ago, because the dentist told me they needed to take impressions
for the permanent bonded retainers. I figured they would need to
remove the braces to take the impressions, but no... I felt a
little silly for not checking with him, but at least I knew they
were coming off today! My girlfriend and I would call it B-Day
for 'Braces Day' and it was all over the calendars.
With the braces still on, he
placed and glued the bonded retainers to the back of my top and
bottom front teeth. Took a little time for the glue to set, and
the suction wasn't quite in the right place, so that was a
little uncomfortable with all the spit collecting in the back of
my mouth! Once they were fixed, he took off the bands, wire, and
proceeded to remove the braces. All but two came off easy! No
discomfort or pain at all.
He then used his drill to clean
off the bits of glue and shaved some of the teeth for a better
fit. This was a little uncomfortable because of the cold water
from the jet, but he had me give him a signal with my fingers if
it started to get too sensitive. After this was complete, he had
me rinse and then they took the final photos. I'm still amazed
at the difference! I'm still getting used to the bonded
retainers, but the weird feeling should go away in a few weeks.
They gave me a 'whitening' kit which they said I could use in a
week as a gift. Very nice of them!
I've been smiling all day, and
can't wait to show them off to everyone at my Grandmother's 90th
Birthday next week!
Thanks for your educational and
amusing website! It really helped me decide to go for getting my
teeth straightened! Reading the stories of others who've had
their braces removed kept me going...