Im 22, and thinking of getting braces to straighten out my teeth. Can anyone shed light on the newer procedures (invisaline or something) and how much the entire procedure costs these days? Also, does the length that you need them on for depend on how crooked your teeth are, or is 2 years the standard?
One of my old co-worker had braces. Even had the tiny rubber bands for them and she was 21. I don't think anyone is too old for them. You would have to change certain behaviors with braces, I hear.
I have a really bad fuck up on the right side of my upper jaw. A baby tooth just didn't want to leave, and the adult ones grew around it. It looks like someone just beat the hell out of my teeth because they're so out of line.
I have looked into invisalign before and I think it would be good, for me at least.
Originally posted by the siteYou wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed. You'll visit your orthodontist or dentist about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
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I got braces my senior year in HS. I waited till then for financial reasons (No coverage until I was in HS-Dad went back to school after the Army), and common sense (I played football-no hassle.) I went with the gold braces. They cost a little more, but, they are less noticeable than the silver ones, and, are a pretty good conversation piece as well. Unless your teeth are SUPER jacked up 18-24 mos should be all you need.
The time you wear them also depends on what you do. If you do what the doctor asks (rubber bands, headgear at night, retainer afterwords) then you'll stay right on track. If you play sports at all, get a mouthpiece. I never wore a mouthpiece when I wrestled in high school, and my gums were bloody from October to March every year. Even some contact during touch football can bloody your gums and that takes long to heal fully.
I made the mistake of not wearing my retainer as religiously as I should have after my braces came off. You can't tell by looking, but my overbite came back (very slightly, noticible only by me). My orthodontist was pissed, and, several years later, I now realize how stupid I was to not wear it because it was a little uncomfortable.
My best friend's mom had braces in her 40s, and I really don't think it's a huge deal. With the advancements that they have now, even the old-style braces aren't as noticeable anymore.
Had to get my braces in my freshmen year of college. God, I hated that, as everyone's out of braces by junior year of high-school. It was worth it, though, as my teeth were pretty jacked up (my front two teeth made a nice arch-way which was, well, not attractive).
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