6 February 2014

Orthodontics


Putting beauty products to one side for today I thought I would write about something different as I have recently decided to do something that I have being thinking about for a very long time. Plucking up the courage to do something that you're scared of is never easy, especially in my case where I often find that I will shy away from doing something if I'm too scared or too nervous.

A rather simple example of that has been to finally enquire about getting braces. I have wanted braces for a very long time however it has only been in the last three years where it has really started to bother me. I've had several people comment that I don't need them (although I'm convinced that they're just being nice), however I know that deep down I'm really self-conscious about my teeth and would really like for them to be straighter. 

I'm one of those people that will never smile with their teeth showing in photographs. It's a horrible moment in front of the camera when you're self-conscious about your teeth. At times I can forget about my concerns throughout the day yet when the camera comes out I'm suddenly reminded of my lack of confidence when it comes to smiling. The same goes for when I'm having a laugh with my colleagues at work, I begin to get self-conscious after a while of laughing and smiling and then that takes hold and I suddenly forget to have fun and become this nervous person inside my head...does any of this make sense?



At the age of 24 I do wonder whether I'm too old for braces, I know that sounds daft as of course 24 is not old at all but most people have orthodontic treatment when they're children or teenagers. It still seems out of the ordinary to me for someone my age to have them yet the final results of straight teeth are far too tempting now for me to not go through with them. I think my final tipping point of deciding to book a consultation was seeing a school friend on Facebook post a picture of her new smile after having her braces removed just before Christmas; the end results for her were fantastic!

Therefore at my next check up with my dentist I decided to mention to him my concerns about my teeth and to see what could be done. He was super helpful and pointed me in the direction of an Orthodontist in my local area. It is worth noting here that before I had spoken to my dentist I was under the impression that any dentist could provide orthodontic treatment, this however is not true. In order to have braces of some description I would have to see an Orthodontic Specialist, this is something to bear in mind if you're scared of the dentist (like me) and rely on seeing a familiar face when you end up in that big chair. My initial first thought was fear because it has taken me such a very long time to find a dentist that I liked and trusted therefore the thought of having to see someone else about this treatment made me worry quite a bit.

After researching this particular Orthodontist and indeed the practice itself and of course leaving it for another good few months I finally went ahead and booked my consultation. My consultation was this Tuesday just gone and I have to say it went extremely well; in fact it went so much better than I had imagined. I'm open to shopping around at the moment as so many practices offer different prices etc.

I'm going to do a post all about my consultation for anybody that is interested as I'm going to record my progress on my blog. I hope nobody minds the odd post about teeth on here, I promise there will be no horrible pictures as teeth really do freak me out!

Have you had braces?  Have you thought about them?


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  1. I keep thinking about how I would like a wonky front tooth straightened and sorted out. I've considered Invisalign but haven't had a consultation. I just know thought that I could never and would never have any visible braces put on because I'd just be too self-conscious.

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    1. I'm the same, it is Invisalign I'm looking at too :)
      I think it is worth going to a consultation. I had to pay £100 for mine but I've read online that it is free in some places xx

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  2. I had braces for a year when I was 15 and I'm so glad I did. I only had slightly crooked teeth but felt very self-conscience about it. You'll be fine, it takes a little getting used to but they are so worth it! I know how you feel though about wanting something done even though people tell you you don't need it, I want a certain surgery and people keep telling me I don't need it, but it's all about feeling better within yourself and I wish you luck! :)

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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    1. It sure is, I know it will help my confidence when it's all over :)
      You should go for it if you think it will help you xx

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  3. I had braces for about 3 years and I don't really remember how my teeth were before but I'm still self-conscious about smiling with teeth. I reckon go for it! Depending on how crooked your teeth are, it might hurt a lot or not so much. I found that every time I went they tightened so hard that I couldn't eat and took so much panadol. It is worth it, if you really are that self-conscious. Just stock up on painkillers! :)

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    1. My front tooth really bothers me, it crosses over my other front one and to me I think it is really noticeable I hate it! I can't wait to get braces so that it can be corrected :)

      I'm hoping it's not too bad, I read you do get used to it so fingers crossed I won't need too much paracetamol! xx

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  4. I used to never show my teeth when I smiled until I got my braces off. It's literally like a whole new world. I definitely say it's worth it!

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    1. I'm going for it most definitely :) Ahh I bet that was so nice to finally take them off and see your results xx

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  5. I had a removable brace a few years back but it was only my top teeth and my bottom teeth are far, far wonkier! It's definitely something I'd like to get sorted at some point. Well done on going for your consultation, and good luck with the rest of your treatment! :)


    Jess xo

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    1. My bottom teeth are ok to be honest, one is slightly out but you can hardly tell. It's my top teeth that really bother me, I really hope the brace will sort it out. Thank you Jess :) xx

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  6. I was exactly like you! I was never happy about my teeth I have three front teeth that over lapped so I never smiled in photo's. I got braces on a month ago, they were very sore for a few days but I'm use to them now. You'll be surprise how quick they work! Im delighted with mine so far. Best of luck,it will be sooo worth it in the end :) x myloveforxx.blogspot.ie

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    1. Oh that's fantastic! What type did you get and how are you finding them so far? I can't wait to get them! xx

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  7. I had braces a few years back for about 9 months and honestly I hated it at the time. It was painful and unattractive but the results are so worth it, trust me. It will bring up your confidence massively.


    The Beauty Scrapbook

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    1. I don't think I will enjoy it either, we shall see how it goes. I know it will be worth it but I doubt I will think that at the time haha! xx

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  8. I totally understand what you mean. Don't feel bad though - my mom had braces at 30 and I'm pretty sure she doesn't regret it!

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    1. That's amazing :) I bet she was so happy with the results once they were taken off xx

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  9. I've never had braces, my teeth aren't the straightest but it's not something that's ever bothered me so I don't have any advice there. BUT I do want to say that I don't think you're too old for braces and if it's something you really want to do, good for you for going for it! xx

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    1. Thank you Jennie, I sure do hope that they make me feel a bit better about myself :) xx

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  10. One of my friend's mum had braces at 40. In this day and age I think braces at almost any age is acceptable - it shows you care about the well-being of your teeth. I've had braces and I can honestly say it is the biggest confidence booster! The minute they are off you can't stop smiling and it continues for the rest of your life. Could not recommend them more!! x


    www.healthyyetbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I was told that there is someone who is 68 who has them at the practice where I'm going so that made me feel a lot better. It's great that it's more available to people now rather than just those under 18. Thank you Millie, I'm sure it will be worth it xx

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  11. I too have finally taken the plunge and visited an orthodontist at nearly 24 yrs of age with the intention of getting braces. It is something that has bothered me for as long as a I can remember but was also so scared of. I've had a consultation and need to go back for x rays before discussing what options are actually viable for me, but even after this initial consultation I felt like a weight had been lifted! I'd love to hear more about your consultation and journey!
    G x
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    1. That's great, thank you and I wish you all the best with yours too! The x-rays were really straight forward, nothing to worry about at all. Once they have done that they will then be able to see what type of treatment is best for yourself :) Keep in touch and let me know how you get on xx

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  12. I guess it just depends on how much your teeth need to move. And I'm thinking I might have had evil orthodontists that really liked to tighten my braces, haha! It will all be fine :)

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    1. Evil Orthodontist! I hope mine is nice, he seems ok so far :) I'm sure it will be just fine, I'm more excited than I am nervous xx

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  13. Hey,

    Last year I also decided it was time for a change and got a brace to. I got an Inman Aligner which took about four months to sraighten my teeth! It was so so good! If you want to have a read check out my blog post here; http://yayalicemay.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/inman-aligner.html

    Good luck with braces!

    Love Alice xx

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    1. Wow four months is pretty amazing!! :) I will definitely check out your blog post, thank you Alice xx

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  14. I really want to get braces! My teeth aren't crooked or overlapping but they sit slightly wonky - for example I have one that sits a bit proud so when I smile it distorts my lip slightly. The main concern for me is cost but it's still something Im hoping to consider in the enxt few years, will be interested to see how you get on!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! Cost is something that concerns me too, it's not cheap however there are payment plans which are not too bad. I was under the impression that I would have to pay for the whole thing in 12 months however you can pay over two years so long as you put quite a large deposit down. It's having that deposit which is the hardest bit I would think xx

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  15. I know what you mean about being an adult with braces. I desperately need braces but I really really do not want to be that adult that has them. I find braces to look really ghastly. But the results when I look at before and afters are always so amazing! I think the best example is the actor who plays Neville in the Harry Potter series...his transformation after the series is so dramatic and all that changed was his teeth!
    I think you should go for it since it is something you have been thinking about for some time and it is something you want to fix. I think I will make the plunge after i am done making payments for my LASIK procedure I had done last year! Good luck!

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    1. I know, I feel the same however having now looked into it much more there are so many different types that you can have. You sound like me where the less obvious the brace the better. Check out Invisalign, that's what I'll be going for when I pay my deposit. Oh Neville, what a lovely man he blossomed into! I noticed his teeth actually when the films were on over Christmas, the changes in his teeth were incredible :)


      You should go for it if it is something that concerns you :) good luck to you too and thank you xx

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  16. Glad you posted about this, as I have been looking into the same thing - as a teenager, I was told that I didn't need a brace, but fast-forward a few years and I clearly do, as my upper front teeth are in front of the others, making me a bit paranoid about having 'rabbit teeth'. Generally, they look fone, but it's the same as you - when I smile or laugh in front of the camera and then see the results!
    There are two things stopping me - the first being that I really don't want to have a metal mouth at my age, so I've been looking into getting invisible braces via Six Month Smile, which basically go behind your teeth and get the job done in just a few months. It's definitely the ideal, but at over £2000 a pop, they don't come cheap.
    The other thing holding me back is my new-found fear of the dentist - I've never been bothered before, but after living abroad and dodging the dentist for a few years, I came back to the UK to find I needed a couple of fillings. So, I geared myself up and went along, only to have a panic attack caused by the adrenaline in the anaesthetic injection! In the end, they couldn't do anything, and the whole thing has been on hold for months as I just don't know what to do now - can't have the injection again, but definitely can't go without! They have suggested sedating me, but I don't fancy that either, to be honest!
    Anyway, nice to know that someone else is in the same boat, although equally I'd rather we both just had the teeth we wanted to start with! Ha.
    Hope you're well lovely, I'll be keeping an eye out to see how it goes.
    Mel xx


    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww bless you! I know what it is like to be so scared of the dentist. I would get referred to the dental hospital, you will be sedated but honestly you will be fine and won't know a thing about it.


      I know somebody who had Six Month Smile and she ended up having it on for eighteen months. The Orothodontist I went to the other week didn't recommend that method as he said there were a lot of things wrong with it. Check out Invisalign, it will cost me £3,250 which is pretty pricey but it sounds very good, there are also some good payment plans for it :) xx

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  17. I can completely relate to how you feel! I used to be exactly the same about smiling in photographs - always had the closed mouth smile and people with the camera would constantly be like "Smile!" and "Don't look so serious!" aha. Like you, I made the decision to get braces, (even though the orthodontist had told me when I was 13 my teeth weren't bad enough for braces.) Thankfully when I went for a second consultation years later, a different orthodontist said that my teeth would be improved with a brace and I got them put on the day before my 18th birthday. It didn't bother me too much that I had to go to University with braces on, as I knew that the result in the end would be worth it - and its been 4 months now since I've had them off and I'm so pleased with the results I'm always grinning in photos now. I hope that you can feel confident in your smile soon too, good luck with your consultation! Sophie Clare x

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    1. Thank you so much Sophie! I'm so pleased to hear that you went through with it and that it has been a successful story for you :) I can't wait to have a bit more confidence in myself :) xx

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  18. My husband had braces when he was 24/25. He got them as his teeth were quite bad an he was worried about our wedding pictures and feeling awkward smiling so decided to get them done. He had them off earlier than he was meant to ready for the wedding but he was much happier than before even tho there still slightly out. It's made him so much more confident he is always smiling now! You won't regret it when you have them taken off you will be amazed and so much more confident :)
    Sorry for the long comment
    Sophie xXx
    www.what-sophie-says.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I wouldn't be worried about having braces in your twenties - if your teeth aren't that bad to start with then it's not as if you'll have them for very long anyway! I'm terrified of dentists myself but thankfully I was blessed with strong teeth, definitely a good thing as I've been to known to be reduced to tears before appointments :S

    Megan x | www.meganroisinn.blogspot.co.uk

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