I had an orthodontist appointment yesterday and I have to get braces.
Did anyone else have to get them when they were older? or even when they were younger?
DID IT HURT!!! I'm pregnant and getting them done next week
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24-10-2012 08:28 #1
Braces when an adult
24-10-2012 08:41 #2
Braces when an adult
I had them when I was younger. They do hurt after each appointment when they get tightened. Make sure to get some wax from your orthodontist and buy some bonjela (check you can use it when preg with the pharmacist though).
It basically feels like a vice tightened on your teeth.
Best advice - eat ASAP after your appointments, before that pain kicks in cause you prob won't want to eat after that. Stock up on soft foods as well - I used to love baby food lol banana custard yum.
Good luck - they are worth it.
24-10-2012 08:42 #3
I had them as a young adult - between 20 and 22. It is a bit of a long and arduous process getting them put on. The first meal I had afterwards was awful I thought it was going to be a very long 18 months! But I got used to eating with them, although you can't bite into hard things like apples etc. The two worst things were the blisters that the braces caused inside my lips and cheeks (they give you this pliable plastic that you can put over the braces where the blister is - kinda helps a little) and the pain after having them adjusted. I think I had to go in every month and have them adjusted, and my teeth ached constantly for a couple of days after. I was so pleased to get them off. Having said that, I'm ecstatic with the result.
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24-10-2012 09:01 #4
I had my braces at 30. Yes they hurt! I took a week off work when I got them and I'm so glad I did. I ate mashed veges, soup and fruit smoothies for the first few days. After that I could eat most things with minimal discomfort but be cautious about eating in public - it's really easy to end up with a lot if food in your braces! You can get little cleaning brushes that help.
definately stock up on bonjela or sm33 and use the wax on any sharp bits. Be very careful eating any crunchy foods - I broke my wire on a thin slice of apple and had to wait 3 days before I could get it fixed. It's also a really good idea to take Panadol about an hour before each adjustment
The other thing no-one warned me of was how tender and sore my teeth would be when my braces came off. Many tears that day as I thought taking them off would be easier and it was such a shock that biting soft bread hurt! Plus I had plastic retainers that were very painful (at first) to put on and take off.
Good luck - the results are worth it
24-10-2012 09:09 #5
Braces when an adult
I had them when I was 21/22. Agree with others about using the wax stuff (your ortho will give you some). The first few days are sore, as well as after each tightening but you get so used to them and forget you've got them most of the time. Not sure you can use bonjela when pregnant though (or during certain trimesters) so maybe check with a pharmacist. Good luck
24-10-2012 09:50 #6
Thank you so much I'm so excited (after neglecting my teeth when I was a teen) I have a huge gap so I am getting an implant and fixing my jaw line!
If only I listened to my mum I think I am the only excited person about this!!! Everyone else is like NOO braces i'm like WOO HOOOOO i'm going to have movie star teeth
24-10-2012 21:32 #7
I only just got them off. I go them on when I was 24 and off when I was 26. It did hurt abit but was well worth it. The pain is a different pain. Doesn't hurt if nothing is touching you teeth. Just eat soft foods and have some pain relief and you'll be good to go. If it makes a difference after 2wks without braces I miss them lol but I may just be weird.
24-10-2012 21:36 #8
Braces when an adult
I had them as an adult. I didn't think they hurt at all, but they are incredibly annoying. I'm glad I did them as an adult though...I took very good care of them, I don't think I would have been as attentive as a young person.
24-10-2012 21:41 #9-
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I had them as a teen for a couple of years....
It was a bit uncomfortable when they first put them on and after adjustments but was never anything that required pain relief. I always went straight from appointments to school with no problems including when they put them on straight away.
Like everyone else said, one of the brackets on a couple of the teeth can cut into your cheek but the ortho just gave me some wax to smooth it over.
I just sliced my apples (instead of eating them by hand) and ate popcorn one kernel at a time hehe and would do a check after eating (mud cake was the worst!!!) and keep a toothbrush on hand.
I never had any of the pain problems that other people have posted about, but then neither did my friends who went to the same ortho so perhaps he had a special technique
Have to say though was mega p!ssed when i found out the thin wire I had glued to back of my bottom middle 5 teeth as a retainer is never ever ever coming off. Not impressed about that one.
25-10-2012 16:47 #10
Thanks girls I hope i will lose weight having to cut my food up (we can only dream) LOL.
I am just writing my list of questions for him? Is there anything I should ask? Did your teeth stain much after removing them Jensha like where the braces were.
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