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Old 04-06-2012, 04:27 PM
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So here is a little back story before I tell you the good news

I had braces for 6 years as a kid and teenager. I wore headgear, had this awful thing called a herbst appliance, and had to wear my braces for what seemed like forever! I had a severe over jet (which is where your lower jaw is too far back so your top teeth stick out, AKA buck teeth) of about 9mm. Once my braces were off, my jaws were aligned and my teeth were straight. Eventually though, my jaws moved and now I have the lovely "buck teeth" again. Not only do I hate the way it looks, it makes it difficult for me to eat as my front teeth are so far apart, and makes closing my lips hard. Here are some photos so you kind of know what I mean:




Anyways, so I went to my orthodontist last year to see what we could do. He said I could get braces for a year and have jaw surgery to correct it. This idea really freaked me out, because they cut apart your jaw, add a plate to it, and then you have your mouth rubber banded shut for two weeks! It seemed very drastic and it is sooo expensive. Since I pay for everything by myself, there is no way I could afford it. I left really upset and discouraged.

A year later, Penny decided to take a chomp at my retainer and cracked it in half. I went in to get a new one, and my orthodontist again asked me if I wanted to get my teeth fixed. I said yes but I couldn't afford it. He said okay, asked for some X-rays, and then came back a few minutes later after looking at the X-rays. He said that he could give me braces for free to correct my over jet, provided that I paid to have 2 teeth extracted. I would have two bicuspids (premolars) removed so that my top teeth could be pulled back in line with my bottom teeth. I am worried how it will look, as I have heard that people have had this done and their face sort of "Collapses", but it is different for everyone and I trust my ortho.

Sorry to write a novel, but I just had to share! My teeth have bothered me forever and are a huge confidence issue for me. Getting them fixed for free could be the best thing that ever happened to me!
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:36 PM
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Go for it!!! Great that it is being done so inexpensively. Wear the retainer afterwards now! I had a retainer like device that I had to wear for arthritis in the jaw! Took 6 months. What an annoyance! sue
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:41 PM
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Go for it!!! Great that it is being done so inexpensively. Wear the retainer afterwards now! I had a retainer like device that I had to wear for arthritis in the jaw! Took 6 months. What an annoyance! sue

Ugh! That doesn't sound fun. I did wear my retainer religiously after, unfortunately it didn't do anything to stop my jaw from moving
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How frustrating for you--and exciting now, at the same time. For what it's worth you have a very pretty smile anyway, but the difficulties you have because of your teeth would drive me nuts. I would be so happy if they could fix it once and for all for you!
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Awww hopefully it works out better this time, because I know the painful and stressful time of braces as I had then my self. You do have beautiful smile by the way.
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I had braces when I was about 14-ish.It is just a little painful when they first get put in, and whenever they tighten the wires, but apart from that, they don't cause you any problems.

I was given clay casts of my teeth before and after my braces, and the difference is amazing!

Great you're getting them for free, mine were free too because I was under 16



Oops, just saw that you said you'd had them before :P
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I can feel your pain. I literally do have a 'good side' and 'bad side' in pix; lmao. 2 of my teeth (one on top, and bottom, that meet) that are set back further than my rest. Unfortunately for me, my teeth are otherwise fine and they align properly... sooo since it's not affecting my bite at all (wow I talk about myself like I'm evaluating a kennel club dog show haha) it's just considered cosmetic. It just happens to be really, really obvious. BUT I have grown to live with it, and accept it... when I had my job interview for the modeling job I do, she asked what my insecurities were and I flashed her a HUGE dorky smile to answer her question LOL. Anyway I hope the surgery goes well for you! FWIW you are still very pretty and will be regardless what you have done. <3
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I had two teeth pulled and then braces.... when I was 30-ish...... I had the 'overbite' since I have had teeth.... so I was very proud wearing my braces...... I also had bad jaw pain when eating or chewing but its gone now... and teeth are alined...... best thing I ever did........
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