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Atticus Girl
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My teeth used to be pretty bad, but I had 4 of them pulled out about a year ago so it's straightening nicely now. I've got braces on my canines and two molars right behind them. Are there any ways of possibly. . .well sort of quickening the straightening process? Like what should be in my diet or something?

I'm starting to get impatient as I watch my peers have their braces removed, and it sucks that I had to have some crooked teeth. Mother nature wasn't so kind to me after all.


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wobblyheadedjane
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Hey, I was blessed with crooked teeth too. Mine weren't so bad that I needed to have any pulled once my adult teeth came in, but a lot of my milk (baby) teeth had to be yanked out by the doctor because they weren't falling out as my adult set grew, making me look like some shark-human hybrid.

I was offered the chance to get braces, but turned it down because I kind of like my teeth they way they are. Yeah, they're not straight, but they chew my food for me and that's good enough for me! I'm fond of saying that my smile has character because my teeth looked lived in.

Plus, I think braces are totally cute. This may be a personal thing, but I am charmed when someone who wears braces gives me a big, bracey smile. Both my sister and my ex boyfriend always hid their braces when they had them on, and I thought that was silly. How much longer do you have to go, Atticus Girl?


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Atticus Girl
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Honestly I don't know how much longer I do have to go, but I'm estimating probably about 2 more years. I had such a bad case but surprisingly it's improving a little faster than I thought

They pulled out the teeth right behind my canines since I had a crowded mouth, and now they're pulling back the canines to those gaps. They've basically moved back already, and now all they need to do is just straighten the teeth that got crooked from the crowding.

However, I kind of have buck teeth (bunny rabbit teeth) and supposedly the other teeth are still growing and evening out so they'll probably be the same size as my two front ones. .? Damn this just sucks. Some people lucked out with a perfect set.

[This message has been edited by Atticus Girl (edited 07-25-2003).]


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I was just wondering how old you are?
I'm 16, I got braces on Nov. 13 last year and had 6 teeth removed in February. At the end of this year I have to get jaw surgery where they move my upper jaw up and my lower jaw out. Then after they move my jaw I get my teeth wired together for 12 days . Im suppose to have my braces for 2-2 1/2 years.

Many people do get braces and some don't, but in the end it doesn't matter as long as you feel good about yourself.


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Bingo, Olive! I turned down getting braces because to me, the pain and irritation was not worth having cosmetically attractive teeth when I was quite happy with mine already. However, for some people it's necessary (some of a friends upper teeth were growing through her cheek- yikes!) to get braces to prevent or repair major jaw problems. But either way, you have to come to terms and accept how you are; be it with crooked teeth, straight teeth, braces or a wired jaw!

(Okay, so I'm teasing about the last one. Take it easy while your jaw's wired shut, Olive. And keep plenty of paper and writing utensils around! I'm sure it'll be worth it in the end.)


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Atticus Girl
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Olive, do you have to have your bottom jaw moved because of a bad case of an overbite?

By the way I'm 14 years old now, turning 15 in December. I first got the brackets towards the middle of 8th grade, and the 4 teeth pulled out at the very end of 8th, when I was 13.


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quote:
Originally posted by wobblyheadedjane:
Bingo, Olive! I turned down getting braces because to me, the pain and irritation was not worth having cosmetically attractive teeth when I was quite happy with mine already. However, for some people it's necessary (some of a friends upper teeth were growing through her cheek- yikes!) to get braces to prevent or repair major jaw problems. But either way, you have to come to terms and accept how you are; be it with crooked teeth, straight teeth, braces or a wired jaw!

(Okay, so I'm teasing about the last one. Take it easy while your jaw's wired shut, Olive. And keep plenty of paper and writing utensils around! I'm sure it'll be worth it in the end.)


Wow, that's good to hear that you're satisfied with what you've got =D So your friend had teeth growing through her cheek? That sounds a little freaky.. but yeah it's definitely well worth the wait in the end. I just feel like my mouth is a bit impossible.


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I had a vicious overbite and my lower row were stacking like roof shingles (way crooked!). I had braces from 1989 till 1994 (4th grade thru 9th grade).

My best advice is to definitely stick to the "list" they give you (y'know, the "no-no" list of foods that are bad for your braces). Comply comply comply! Whatever your orthodontist says, goes. 'cause the more you screw up, the longer those braces stay in. Me, I kept breaking my brackets -- each one had been replaced twice before i was done. that's why I had them in so long.

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Yeah, she had some serious mouth complications. She had braces... oh, I'd wager a good six or seven years.
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I had braces for a couple of years. I do have a few regrets. I'll post some tips for those who are considering braces.

Brush. WELL. You'll reeeeally regret if you don't. I'm still trying to brush away the yellow from underneath my brackets!

Something broken? If so, get it fixed RIGHT AWAY. You'd be surprised at how fast something can move back to how it originally was. I had a permanent retainer put on my bottom row afer my braces were taken off, and part of the metal broke. My bottom row is still a little crooked because I waited so long to tell my orthodontist.


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Olive
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Yes I do have a pretty bad overbite. It's even worst now because of the way they are going to move my jaw.

I eat whatever I want (when Im not too sore) even tho I shouldn't. Im just one of the lucky people who havent had any problems. And also, it takes me like 5 minutes to brush my teeth just to make sure I got all particles out.


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quote:
Originally posted by Daydreamer24:
Something broken? If so, get it fixed RIGHT AWAY. You'd be surprised at how fast something can move back to how it originally was. I had a permanent retainer put on my bottom row afer my braces were taken off, and part of the metal broke. My bottom row is still a little crooked because I waited so long to tell my orthodontist.

i'll concur with Daydreamer here. I had a bracket replaced over my left upper canine tooth. The adhesive didn't quite take, and the bracket slid around a bit. I didn't bother getting it fixed right away, and some debris or something must've gotten under the broken bracket. Well, a giant cavity ate its way through the front of that tooth. It didn't hurt, but it was a definite large hole. I had to have it drilled and patched. they didn't do the best job patching, so you can kinda tell where the tooth was drilled.

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well, i wish there was a quickening process! i had super bad teeth and had braces for 2 years and 9 months...i know it's not fun but it'll be awesome once you get them off, i got mine off like 4 months ago, and i love it

good luck, and don't worry

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It all depends on your age. The younger you are the faster the process. What happens when you are under orthodontic treatment is that your teeth move based on a physiological phenomenon where your jaw bone that supports your teeth reproduces it self. This has to happen gradually. The younger you are the faster these process happens

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