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goodtimes5
Jul 14, 2004, 12:57 PM
So at 16 years of age, my dentist tells me I should get braces. But to get braces, I need to have six teeth removed. I really don't think braces are worth the six teeth, but then my teeth don't look all that great.

Hard decision for me.

krimson
Jul 14, 2004, 01:04 PM
do it, it'll be worth it later on. being an adult with braces is still abnormal, and you get stares all the time.

and make sure you're getting some good NOS... dont take any chances with those injections.

rainman::|:|
Jul 14, 2004, 01:06 PM
If the teeth are bad enough that they will wear poorly, go for it. You don't want your teeth putting pressure on each other, fracturing and causing heaps more problems later on. Plus, if the appearance is bad, you'll want to get these fixed eventually--

My advice: Do it while you're 16, on your parents insurance (assuming). It'd be a lot cheaper than paying for it yourself when you're an adult--

Dental problems suck, i've had two root canals (one with no anesthetic!) and need three more, plus a ton of crowns. Might need a bridge if one tooth can't be crowned. Not looking forward to any of it. But the more i put it off, the worse it gets...

paul

gwuMACaddict
Jul 14, 2004, 01:12 PM
my teeth are hurting just *hearing* about your teeth... ow ow ow!

maybe get a second opinion from another few doctors? can't hurt, esp. for something so major.

when i had my wisdom teeth out, i didn't use NOS or anesthesia, just novacaine- i dont like the feeling of being out of control like that... needless to say the recovery was infinitely more painful... if i had to do it again, take whatever they wanna give you ;)

Doctor Q
Jul 14, 2004, 01:30 PM
With such a big decision, I think getting a second opinion is sensible.

Sun Baked
Jul 14, 2004, 01:34 PM
If the teeth are bad enough that they will wear poorly, go for it. You don't want your teeth putting pressure on each other, fracturing and causing heaps more problems later on. Plus, if the appearance is bad, you'll want to get these fixed eventually--

My advice: Do it while you're 16, on your parents insurance (assuming). It'd be a lot cheaper than paying for it yourself when you're an adult--

Dental problems suck, i've had two root canals (one with no anesthetic!) and need three more, plus a ton of crowns. Might need a bridge if one tooth can't be crowned. Not looking forward to any of it. But the more i put it off, the worse it gets...

paulGet the cosmetic stuff done now and get your teeth straight, you can always go in later for the bite adjustment (a VERY worthwhile expense) to normalize the bite and pressure on the teeth.

kgarner
Jul 14, 2004, 01:36 PM
Do it now, but be smater than I was and wear the stupid retainer like the orthodontist tells you to. While I think that my teeth are still better than they were before braces, they are definitely worse than right after i got them off.

themadchemist
Jul 14, 2004, 01:52 PM
watch it--sometimes dentists say you need braces when you don't. My teeth are pretty all right without braces, but they wanted to stick me with them just so they could make a few extra bucks. I politely declined and I'm glad I did. In addition to the price, I was wary of what kind of artistic license the dentist would take on my teeth and really didn't want them to become any worse. I am perfectly happy with my teeth, but if you think your case is a little more serious, then maybe it's worth consideration.

goodtimes5
Jul 14, 2004, 02:00 PM
So I learned from my dentist that two of the six teeth are my bottom wisdom teeth. Those aren't even out yet. He wants to cut my gums to get to em.

Dentistry is not for the weak of heart.

Macmaniac
Jul 14, 2004, 02:02 PM
HAHAHAHA, thats nothing, I have had 21 teeth removed so I could have braces including 4 impacted wisdom teeth. Braces are worth it, they can save you from big problems later in life as well as having your wisdom teeth removed early, having them taken out when your 30 is really bad because the roots develop and you don't heal as fast. I just had my wisdom teeth out its not that bad, your asleep and you get some insane pain medication so I have had few problems.


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Dr. Zauis
Jul 14, 2004, 02:12 PM
I feel your pain. I had 4 teeth pulled out for the same reason. I only had the novacane and it hurt like hell. Its pretty simple how the dentist does it. All he does it take some specialized pliars and a chisle and pulls and hits your tooth till he breaks it out of your jaw bone. The worst part is that you can feel and hear the root break away from the bone. At the end of it I was covered in sweat from the pain.

michaelrjohnson
Jul 14, 2004, 02:15 PM
I have had 21 teeth removed so I could have braces including 4 impacted wisdom teeth.

How on earth did you have 21 teeth removed?! I only have 28! (yes, I counted) You got braces on 7 teeth? 3 upper, 4 lower?

Either that, or you got braces on your "baby" teeth which seems stupid unless medically necessary.

On topic- My orthodontist wanted to remove 1 tooth to make room for the crowded lower front. Either that, or file down the enamel on the sides of each tooth in the lower front. I went with the latter. I'm glad I still have all my teeth, and my teeth arent' any more sensitive than they had been previously. Perhaps check with another orthodontist. 6 teeth leaves *a lot* of space, they only needed 2 millimeters for mine, yet wanted to remove a whole tooth. (Perhaps your orthodontist needs extra room because he's not very good?)

krimson
Jul 14, 2004, 02:24 PM
So I learned from my dentist that two of the six teeth are my bottom wisdom teeth. Those aren't even out yet. He wants to cut my gums to get to em.

Dentistry is not for the weak of heart.

make sure your dentist is a good oral surgeon.. what started as a simple extraction, turned into a 4 hour nightmare.

when i had my bottom (un-erupted) wisdom taken out, they had to cut out a piece of my jaw, and a 1" incision, then drill the tooth into 4 parts, then chisel it out, then 4 stitches.
i bled for 3 weeks, and my jaw hurts when it gets really hot.

scem0
Jul 14, 2004, 03:01 PM
I'm going to reiterate what everyone else has already said.

Braces are something that you won't regret. I won't lie - they are a pain in the ass when they're in your mouth, but when they are off, you feel so much better about yourself.

Oh, and wear your retainer. I know someone who didn't wear theirs and their teeth are almost as crooked as before they got their braces. Eventually you wont have to wear it every night. Plus, the new retainers are 'invisalign' styled, so you don't have a huge hunk of metal in your mouth.

Sorry about having to get all those teeth pulled,

scem0

rueyeet
Jul 14, 2004, 03:16 PM
Oh goodness yes. Wear your retainer! You wouldn't want to go through all that pain and suffering only to have the results disappear.

On the other hand--six teeth, two of those non-erupted wisdom teeth? That's a lot to go through for strictly cosmetic reasons. Get a second opinion if you need to, but make sure that the braces and the wisdom teeth removal are necessary to correct real problems, like: The wisdom teeth are in such a position in the x-rays that they'll definitely come in impacted, your bite is so messed up that it needs correcting, etc.

I got braces late, and was still wearing them when I went off to college, and I have to say that I'm still not sure that even the severe overbite they were correcting really justified all the pain and trouble, both physical and social. But you can bet I wore that retainer.

And despite the dentist who recommended that all my wisdom teeth be pulled because it was so statistically unlikely that they wouldn't give me problems, all four of them came in just fine, and haven't been any trouble at all.

If you do end up getting those wisdom teeth dug out, by all means take any drugs they want to give you. :eek:

wHo_tHe
Jul 14, 2004, 04:05 PM
How bad should one's teeth be before braces are considered? I'm an adult without perfectly straight teeth, but they look OK and I've never felt bad about them. My family could never have afforded braces when I was growing up, but I'm actually glad we didn't/couldn't because I'm perfectly satisfied with what I have today.

Best of luck goodtimes5!

ravenvii
Jul 14, 2004, 04:10 PM
I'm one of those who didn't use the damn retainers. I had to have braces TWICE. That sucked.

I still don't use retainers, but have bonds behind my front teeth to hold them. Doesn't bother me at all, and I don't have to worry about no retainer.

comictimes
Jul 14, 2004, 06:34 PM
HAHAHAHA, thats nothing, I have had 21 teeth removed so I could have braces including 4 impacted wisdom teeth.
wait... how did you manage that? I just counted, and not including my wisdom teeth (which haven't come in, and are scheduled to be pulled later this summer) I only have 28 teeth...

themadchemist
Jul 14, 2004, 06:38 PM
HAHAHAHA, thats nothing, I have had 21 teeth removed so I could have braces including 4 impacted wisdom teeth. Braces are worth it, they can save you from big problems later in life as well as having your wisdom teeth removed early, having them taken out when your 30 is really bad because the roots develop and you don't heal as fast. I just had my wisdom teeth out its not that bad, your asleep and you get some insane pain medication so I have had few problems.


PS 2000th Post:) :rolleyes: :cool: :p ;) :D :o :eek:

you're kidding right...21?! Honestly, I feel for you, man. I thought there were international treaties banning such things...

Oh well, I still don't see how you could be better off with braces sans 21 teeth.

jenniff
Jul 14, 2004, 06:47 PM
you're kidding right...21?! Honestly, I feel for you, man. I thought there were international treaties banning such things...

Oh well, I still don't see how you could be better off with braces sans 21 teeth.

I'm really hoping that he meant 12, not 21. That means that only 8 normal teeth are getting pulled, with the 4 wisdom teeth. "Only 8," blimey, that's still a lot of teeth.

I never had braces, and although my teeth are not straight, they don't look bad. If they don't look bad, and if it's not vital healthwise to get them, I wouldn't suggest braces. It makes your smile unique. But, you said they look pretty bad, so if I were you, my vanity would tell me to go and get them.

themadchemist
Jul 14, 2004, 06:51 PM
I never had braces, and although my teeth are not straight, they don't look bad. If they don't look bad, and if it's not vital healthwise to get them, I wouldn't suggest braces. It makes your smile unique. But, you said they look pretty bad, so if I were you, my vanity would tell me to go and get them.

My point exactly. A lot of times, dentists will try to push braces on you when your teeth are just fine the way they are. There's something called "good enough."

...Especially when I was discussing the dentists' attempted extortion with some people and a few very attractive girls said that my teeth looked perfect. That was proof enough for me. Dentistry can shove it; if the opposite sex approves, that works for me. :D

sushi
Jul 14, 2004, 07:24 PM
So at 16 years of age, my dentist tells me I should get braces. But to get braces, I need to have six teeth removed. I really don't think braces are worth the six teeth, but then my teeth don't look all that great.

Hard decision for me.
To find the solution that is right for you I would suggest that you try to envision yourself down the road when you are much older.

Are the 6 teeth more important than correctly working teeth (that is assuming the braces are to correct your bite)?

Being able to use your choppers correctly is important thoughout your life. The fewer problems with them the better.

Also, you should probably get a second opinion before you finalize your course of action.

On a side note, I will share a story with you. A long time ago in grade school I was playing kickball and fell breaking my front tooth on some concrete. Knocked off the bottom corner. Was in and out of the dentist office numerous times to fix it. Most solutions would not last.

BTW, have you seen the movie Marathon Man? Well, I know exactly how it feels to have a drill go through your tooth into your nerves without any pain killer. Let me tell you, it is a rush! :eek:

But I digress. Sorry...

Anyhow, I finally got a solution that works. The corner piece has been on for 30 some years now. But it is yellowing a bit and if you look closely you can see shadows of the two little wires between it and the tooth. Also it has a huge buildup on the backside, which I am now used to.

But everytime I see a new dentist, they always seem to want to improve or fix my tooth better. They also mention that the current solution won't last forever and I will need to have it fixed someday. And they have been saying this for the past 20 years or so, but yet the corner piece hangs in there.

Am I tempted to get it fixed? Yes, but then I just remember all of the problems in getting a solution that worked. So I politely decline and accept a less than perfect look.

First, get a second opinion before doing anything.

Second, after you weigh the options, do what is right for you. After all, you have to live with your solution. In some cases, the solution may be the lesser of two evils.

Good luck in your decision.

Sushi

sushi
Jul 14, 2004, 07:28 PM
make sure your dentist is a good oral surgeon.. what started as a simple extraction, turned into a 4 hour nightmare.
Sage advice!

when i had my bottom (un-erupted) wisdom taken out, they had to cut out a piece of my jaw, and a 1" incision, then drill the tooth into 4 parts, then chisel it out, then 4 stitches.
i bled for 3 weeks, and my jaw hurts when it gets really hot.
Ouch!

I feel for ya.

Sushi

Neserk
Jul 14, 2004, 08:08 PM
I had 3 wisdom teeth removed. IT was an upleasant experience but not as unpleasant has having them come in.

Can they not stretch your pallet? My nephew is having that done along with braces so his teeth will fit properly in his mouth. He is 11.

virividox
Jul 14, 2004, 09:42 PM
go get a second opinion 6 seems like a lot of teeth to remove

blackfox
Jul 14, 2004, 09:55 PM
Well, I will use an my own experience here to (perhaps) add to the discussion...

I was told I needed braces around 13. My teeth were straight and my bite was OK, but they were mis-aligned by 1/3 of a tooth or so...so I had 4 teeth pulled and braces for several years. I hated them, and did not really follow the directions given me. So the result, my teeth are properly aligned, but now one of my lower front teeth is "squished" by it's neighbors...cannot say if that is my fault or the dentists'. Also, all my wisdom teeth came in early (and correctly, w/o incident), but I was still told I needed them removed. I refused. 8 years later, no problems...

Moral(s) of the story...if you agree to a procedure, follow the directions, you will otherwise regret it.

Do get second-opinions and think hard about whether it is worth the time, pain and expense. Sometimes, I do feel some borderline decisions are made with profit in mind...

Oh, and 6 teeth seems a lot (although w/ the wisdom included), I guess no more than me...

Neserk
Jul 15, 2004, 12:16 AM
go get a second opinion 6 seems like a lot of teeth to remove


Except it sounds like it is really only 2. 4 of them are wisdom teeth.

Macmaniac
Jul 15, 2004, 05:28 AM
Many of you are baffled by the fact I had 21 teeth out, let me explain how. I'm not exactly sure how many baby teeth a normal person has but I know I lost 4 naturally and the rest had to be pulled out, it was taking so long for my teeth to come out they had to pull my baby teeth, I also had problems with my permanent teeth coming in behind my baby teeth, I looked like a shark. So I had about 16 baby teeth removed plus an extra tooth that runs in the family, and my 4 wisdom teeth so thats 21, I kept most of my pulled teeth I have pictures;) And yes I have all my normal teeth now!

dotcomlarry
Jul 15, 2004, 07:36 AM
Heh. I had 6 wisdom teeth taken out (yeah, I'm a mutant). 4 were impacted so it was just best to take them all out cuz they were affecting all my other teeth (pushing them out of alignment and whatnot).

Lyle
Jul 15, 2004, 07:44 AM
Many of you are baffled by the fact I had 21 teeth out... I kept most of my pulled teeth I have pictures ;)OK, folks, a quick poll: What's more disturbing, that:
Macmaniac had 21 teeth removed; or,
He kept most of them and has pictures?
:D

Raid
Jul 15, 2004, 10:55 AM
So at 16 years of age, my dentist tells me I should get braces. But to get braces, I need to have six teeth removed. I really don't think braces are worth the six teeth, but then my teeth don't look all that great.

Hard decision for me.

Oh man I hear your pain, for my braces they removed 8 teeth 4 days before christmas! :mad: Man did that turkey dinner suck! Anyway if you look at your teeth and they are crooked or you've got a serious overbite that you are uncomfortable with, get braces! The eariler the better.

One word of caution though, ask your dentist if he has tracked your jaw growth. I had a retainer and braces and they didn't do a damn thing because my lower jaw wasn't growing. At 17 the broke my lower jaw and moved it forward 7mm and that finaly corrected my bite... I wish I could have been spared all that metal in my mouth.

Neserk
Jul 15, 2004, 05:33 PM
Heh. I had 6 wisdom teeth taken out (yeah, I'm a mutant). 4 were impacted so it was just best to take them all out cuz they were affecting all my other teeth (pushing them out of alignment and whatnot).


I only had 3 wisdom teeth, so between the two of us we are almost normal ;)

Don't panic
Jul 15, 2004, 08:20 PM
Heh. I had 6 wisdom teeth taken out (yeah, I'm a mutant). 4 were impacted so it was just best to take them all out cuz they were affecting all my other teeth (pushing them out of alignment and whatnot).

everybody hail the Great Wise One!
wait! scratch that! you don't have them anymore so you are none any wiser... mmmhhhhhh...

on a different (but equally irrelevant) note: anybody remembers Steve Martin's dentist in "little shop of horrors" (the movie)?

wdlove
Jul 15, 2004, 08:40 PM
I agree that a second opinion is always a good idea. I had braces as a child. The process lasted 3 years, 2 years of actual braces with the moving process. I always feared the next visit, my teeth would be feeling good and then he would add more tension. The third year was wearing a retainer so the the teeth had a chance to be fixed in place, adjustment of the bone and gums. I had to have four teeth removed. My parents took me because my upper teeth protruded. They didn't realized that it was needed for more than just cosmetics. My teeth alignment was off so I didn't have a proper alignment for a proper chew surface. They took me to more than one Dental Specialist.

Neserk
Jul 15, 2004, 08:44 PM
anybody remembers Steve Martin's dentist in "little shop of horrors" (the movie)?


Yes! Funny...

Raid
Jul 16, 2004, 03:19 PM
on a different (but equally irrelevant) note: anybody remembers Steve Martin's dentist in "little shop of horrors" (the movie)?

Yes! I love the song he sings in the office:
<chorus>
You'll be a dentist
You have a talent for causing things pain
Son, be a dentist
People will pay you to be inhumane
Your temperament's wrong for the priesthood
And teaching would suit you still less
Son, be a dentist
You'll be a success
</chours>

Sun Baked
Jul 16, 2004, 04:24 PM
I agree that a second opinion is always a good idea. I had braces as a child. The process lasted 3 years, 2 years of actual braces with the moving process. I always feared the next visit, my teeth would be feeling good and then he would add more tension. The third year was wearing a retainer so the the teeth had a chance to be fixed in place, adjustment of the bone and gums. I had to have four teeth removed. My parents took me because my upper teeth protruded. They didn't realized that it was needed for more than just cosmetics. My teeth alignment was off so I didn't have a proper alignment for a proper chew surface. They took me to more than one Dental Specialist.I didn't have braces or the retainer, just the bite adjustment to the "chew surface."

Of course this was part of the dental experience that I mentioned in one of the other dental threads, good dentist -- but a bunch of problems created by a single bad filling that never showed until it finally broke a year after all the work was started.

Tremaine
Jul 16, 2004, 06:03 PM
After 3 years in braces, I had 1 wisdom tooth pulled at 15 with just local numbing. Then 3 more at 17 with a general anestesia(sp). Then part of my jaw removed above a 12 year molar that wasn't coming in at 18. It never did. 13 years later it got infected and had to be cut from my jaw, with just a local. It sucks, but I don't remember the pain, just the anxiety before getting each thing done. I hate dental problems.

Once it is over you will be glad it is done. Chances are you won't have to go through anything like that again. For 6 teeth, you'll get put under, so the surgery is the easy part, its the recovery thats a drag.

Les Kern
Jul 16, 2004, 06:40 PM
So at 16 years of age, my dentist tells me I should get braces. But to get braces, I need to have six teeth removed. I really don't think braces are worth the six teeth, but then my teeth don't look all that great.

Hard decision for me.

No, easy decision. Yank em and never look back. Get a second opinion if you'd like, but these guys know some stuff. My daughter had 2 seemingly unimportant baby teeth removed because the dentist said it would insure ALL her teeth would come in straight and perfect. They did. It didn't look too obvious to me at the time either. Wish I was 9 now, maybe MY teeth wouldn't look like crap.

wdlove
Jul 16, 2004, 09:29 PM
I didn't have braces or the retainer, just the bite adjustment to the "chew surface."

Of course this was part of the dental experience that I mentioned in one of the other dental threads, good dentist -- but a bunch of problems created by a single bad filling that never showed until it finally broke a year after all the work was started.

I forget now what you actually had done. While in the Air Force the Oral Surgeon did actual movement of the jaw line to correct a misalignment. The patient ended up with their mouth being wired shut. Had a wire cut at the beside in case of an emergency. I have heard that they no longer have to do it that way now. Like anything else procedures are improved.

Like you I had some problems later in life. When I was a Freshman in college my wisdom teeth erupted. The did some damage to the cosmetic look. 3 were impacted that's why I had to visit a dental surgeon.

Sun Baked
Jul 16, 2004, 10:02 PM
I forget now what you actually had done. While in the Air Force the Oral Surgeon did actual movement of the jaw line to correct a misalignment. The patient ended up with their mouth being wired shut. Had a wire cut at the beside in case of an emergency. I have heard that they no longer have to do it that way now. Like anything else procedures are improved.

Like you I had some problems later in life. When I was a Freshman in college my wisdom teeth erupted. The did some damage to the cosmetic look. 3 were impacted that's why I had to visit a dental surgeon.Besides the 2 inlays (1 redone) and 3 gold crowns (1 of which I wish would have been done first)...

The procedure was billed as Equilibration, which is basically doing a resurfacing on your whole mouth -- using the dye strips they use to check a single tooth during a cavity filling.

They just gring down the surfaces a little bit to equilize the bite and eliminate those peaks that can catch you every now and then -- that was all the teeth.

Reduces the high pressure points and hopefully reduces the chance you'll chip teeth.

Of course I can't bite my nails anymore because he ground down the sharp points on the front teeth along with the chips. ;)

---

Of course it doesn't help that the normal procedure for numbing the teeth don't work and the dentist had to research alternative methods for numbing the teeth. :(

goodtimes5
Jul 19, 2004, 02:17 AM
Ok so I've decided to get braces and I plan to get my teeth pulled out in two weeks, since I go on vacation for Yosemite soon. I clarified with dentist that my wisdom teeth don't have roots yet so getting em out will be easy. Whew, that was what I was most worried about.

ThomasJefferson
Jul 19, 2004, 04:33 PM
Good gosh, what have you people been doing! Eating hockey pucks at 80 mph?

Dentist told my mom I needed braces at age 12 or so. My dad got home, took a look in my mouth and said "Bull Sh@t"

Now I have two primary teeth in the lower jaw that have still not fallen out and will need false teeth in both locations. When they finally come out, I will have to have braces to straighten out the lower front teeth before they put the 2 false teeth in.

Could have had all this done on my dads paycheck. Now its on mine. I am 43 and looking at braces ... someday.

Bummer.

Neserk
Jul 19, 2004, 05:42 PM
Good gosh, what have you people been doing! Eating hockey pucks at 80 mph?

Dentist told my mom I needed braces at age 12 or so. My dad got home, took a look in my mouth and said "Bull Sh@t"

Now I have two primary teeth in the lower jaw that have still not fallen out and will need false teeth in both locations. When they finally come out, I will have to have braces to straighten out the lower front teeth before they put the 2 false teeth in.

Could have had all this done on my dads paycheck. Now its on mine. I am 43 and looking at braces ... someday.

Bummer.

GEt a lawyer, sue your father for neglect :p (joking)

ThomasJefferson
Jul 19, 2004, 07:53 PM
GEt a lawyer, sue your father for neglect :p (joking)

Nah. I figure dad spent quite a few bucks on me along the way. Like the time I wrecked that car ...

Neserk
Jul 19, 2004, 07:56 PM
Nah. I figure dad spent quite a few bucks on me along the way. Like the time I wrecked that car ...

LOL...

G4scott
Jul 19, 2004, 10:37 PM
I had the same problem as Macmaniac, just on a smaller scale. I had 7 of my bottom teeth pulled because my permanent teeth were growing in behind the baby teeth. They just numbed the gums, and I saw the pliers go in without a tooth, and come out with a tooth... A very long tooth too... I kept one, but I think I lost it :(

I also had braces... It sucked to play the trumpet with them, but oh well...

I say get the dental work done now, while you're young...

Neserk
Jul 19, 2004, 10:45 PM
They just numbed the gums, and I saw the pliers go in without a tooth, and come out with a tooth... A very long tooth too... I kept one, but I think I lost it :(


I have a few of my teeth that were pulled to make others fit! NOt my wisdom teeth because they had to break them to get them out.

homerjward
Jul 20, 2004, 03:10 AM
i got 6 teeth out about 14 months ago to get braces (2 baby tho) and i got novacaine cause i didnt want to be knocked out. it hurt like hell (but im reeeeealy sensitive to pain and quite a wimp about it) and took like 2 hours. i have my braces on for about another 10-12 months and im hoping it will end up being worth it cause it really sucks while they're on. i was just at the orthodontist today and my teeth kinda hurt cause they did something weird to 'em like put on a new wire or something. i say go ahead with it cause it only hurts bad for like 2-3 hours and bleeds for about a day after the extraction and after that it's fine. and i play saxophone without effect. better than before braces but that's probably just time

goodtimes5
Aug 4, 2004, 12:26 AM
So I had four teeth removed to make space for my other teeth to grow in. On Thursday, I'm scheduled to have two of my impacted wisdom teeth removed just so I don't go through hell in the future. But it sure sounds like I'll be going through hell Thursday morning.

acceber
Aug 4, 2004, 01:14 AM
Hey I'm in a similar situation to you.

I've got a dead straight row of bottom teeth, but my upper teeth were crooked. I couldn't get braces when I was 12 because I had a bite problem which required surgery. So I had to wait until I was 16 to get the braces, have them on for a year and half and then go for the surgery once I've stopped growing. I only had to take two teeth out though, that was bad enough. The pain was extraordinary, but that's just me. It doesn't meant that it'll happen to you. :)

I'm 17 now, the surgery is scheduled for November/December of this year.

Whilst having braces can be really inconvenient and painful at times, (especially those first couple of days!), it's definitely worth all the pain and trouble and later on if you don't, you could get all sorts of problems - bones wearing down, bite problem becoming more prominent, not to mention lowered self-esteem from having crooked teeth, etc etc.

Of course, it's a personal decision, but I went through it, it wasn't hell and I'm almost finished. Once the surgery is done, a couple of more months of braces and it's all done.

The result? Spanking perfect teeth with no bite, teeth problems. :D *

*provided that you go to a good orthodontist/oral surgeon/dentist who knows their stuff.